Another Challenger to MS Office… From India

A small Indian software company based in Chennai is taking on the big boys. Tropical Software announced yesterday it has introduced the OfficeMate software suite, “that provides word-processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation capabilities similar to the Microsoft Office, for the Windows platform”. The cost: $50. The software is actually already in use in India, the …

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Another Hotkey Program

Here’s a new tool for folk using lots of bits of text and stuff time and time again. AbridgeInsert uses hotkey combinations, so you can “easily insert commonly-used text into any application, such as a word processors, email programs, tables, IDEs, etc.” You can use it for: exchange of text and graphics among applications coding …

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Organizing Software For The Mac

I recently wrote about outlining software in my column (recommending for Windows users, among others. MyInfo and Jot+). Now here’s a recommendation from a reader for Mac users: Sticky Brain. From the blurb: “StickyBrain elegantly handles all the miscellaneous tidbits of information which don’t cleanly fit in other software programs like your contact manager or …

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Update: The Dana Wireless Is Out

 As I noted earlier, AlphaSmart are upgrading their Dana keyboard (a PDA? a laptop? a word-processor?) to include Wi-Fi. It’s now out. The Dana Wireless includes Wi-Fi (802.11b) connectivity and software applications for accessing the Internet. AlphaSmart are aiming at students and educators, professionals in healthcare, energy, social services, insurance, etc. which have Wi-Fi in …

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Software: OpenOffice Almost Open For Business

 OpenOffice, the free open source challenge to Microsoft Office, is in its last stage before general commercial release next month. It includes the usual — a word processor, a spreadsheet application — and can save in Office formats. This version can also export files in the portable document format (PDF) and in Macromedia’s Flash animation …

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Column: AlphaSmarts

Loose Wire — Frustrated Writers, Take Note: This Palm-powered, plain-vanilla, word-producing machine has none of the bells and whistles of other computers and won’t break your back or the bank — meaning more time for haiku By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 26 June 2003 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review (c) 2003, Dow Jones …

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Column: search software

Loose Wire — Organize Me: Give us some software that really makes the information age meaningful   By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 3 April 2003 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Every time I visit a computer shop I get nostalgic for the dotcom boom. In those …

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