Thursday, August 13, 2009

Microsoft slapped with injunction against selling Word in U.S.

This is huge:

Welcome to the world of surprising patent lawsuits. A Texas judge ruled Tuesday that Microsoft cannot sell Word - yes, Microsoft Word, the cornerstone of Microsoft Office - in the United States.
Toronto-based i4i Inc won an injunction against Microsoft regarding the company's XML patents. In the words of i4i, the injunction "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML". Microsoft has been given 60 days to comply, reports Seattle PI. (Mashable.)

Competitors shouldn't get their hopes up. Microsoft will settle and/or appeal.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Going paperless with Fujitsu S510 ScanSnap and Adobe Acrobat

The Acrobat for Legal Professionals blog has a wonderfully detailed tutorial for going paperless using the Fujitsu S510 ScanSnap scanner and Adobe Acrobat:
Amazingly, the scanner comes with "a full version of Acrobat Standard (that's worth $299 right there)."
I highly recommend reading this tutorial before starting a paperless office, or even if you've already gone paperless and want to catch a few scanning tips.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Feeling uninspired about MS Office 2010

And it's not even out, yet. This is from a week ago:

Microsoft Office 2010 is unlikely to excite CIOs | Do CIOs really need any more features? By Martin Veitch , CIO (UK)
Microsoft is preparing to show off Office 2010 this week at its Professional Developers Conference. The vendor must feel that it is running out of features to add to the hugely successful bucket of desktop applications, or angles to pitch for it. It's odd to think back to the early 1990s and just how remarkably low-key the arrival of the first version of Office for Windows seemed at the time.

Skipping to the end:

The release of a new version of Office was once a major event but now, somewhat like Windows releases, they are often met with contempt by CIOs who long ago tired of the software release cycle. Microsoft will doubtless be able to cite gazillions of users for Office 2010 but many of these will move as part of broad-brush refreshes and to ensure compatibility with partners and peers. Office has been a terrific product but it no longer engenders excitement or much in the way of anticipation.

That seems to be the prevailing attitude regarding many new software releases - especially from the big companies. Read the whole thing.

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WordPerfect books

For anyone looking for recommendations for books to help learn WordPerfect, Amazon has a wide selection of books listed:

And, for folks who miss those little shortcut strips that went above the F keys, check out:

No, it's not the same thing, but pretty close.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009


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Please ignore this. Thank you.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Bulleted lists in WordPerfect

For those occasions when, for whatever reason, you want just one item to stand out with a bullet, or if you need a bullet in the middle of a line, use WordPerfect's Typographic Symbols.

To reach symbols, click Insert > Symbol. Or, a quicker way is to do CTRL W. When the Symbol box appears, click the Set box and choose Typographic from the drop-down list:


Browse to the symbol you want to use for your bullet, and click the Insert and Close button.

For longer lists, Corel has easy instructions on its web site for making bullet lists in WordPerfect, Presentations, and Lightning (Getting to the Point).

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Sharing WordPerfect documents in Google Docs

Since Google documents does not yet intuitively open WordPerfect documents (.wpd), here is a quick 5-step tip in case you need to share a WordPerfect document with someone who doesn't have WordPerfect loaded on their computer.

1. Create the document and save it on your computer as you usually do:


2. Then save as (F3) with the .rtf file extension. (RTF is supported by Google Docs and other systems, and preserves most formatting.) In the file type section of the save as window, scroll to Rich Text Format (RTF):


3. Open Google Docs, and click on Upload:


4a. Which brings you to this window:


4b. Click the Browse button and surf to your new document name with the .rtf file extension. Open that document. Then, click Upload File.

5. Your document has now been imported into Google Documents. Click on the Share button, where you will be presented with several sharing choices:


I hope this makes sense. There may be faster or better ways of sharing documents across different platforms, but this has worked well in the past for me. It should also work similarly for Zoho and other online word processing platforms.

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