[hemmerling] Small Office & Home Office ( SOHO ) Software

Office Suites

OpenOffice / Libre Office / Star Office / Lotus Symphony

Apache OpenOffice / Star Office

Libre Office

IBM Lotus Symphony


  • The commercial Impress Password Recovery for Windows. It may help to find forgotten passwords for OpenOffice documents. A free evaluation version is available.

Event "LibreOffice Hamburg HackFest 2013", 2013-06-15 - 2013-06-16


  • Warning! LibreOffice 3.6 has save problems with DOCX format:
    • Fault: Images loaded vom DOCX files are not saved when saving in DOCX format, sometimes, without warning.
    • Ok: Images loaded vom DOCX files are saved properly when saving in DOC format.
  • OpenOffice / LibreOffice scriptoing needs a Java runtime environment.

Microsoft Office

Some other Office Suites, Publishing Systems & Editors

Office Suites as Web Services

Portable Applications ( for use with removable Media )

Printer Drivers

  • The Windows printer driver “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” may be used to extract images/photos from any software, which generated document. It uses the ZIP format. If you unzip files created by the “Microsoft XPS Document Writer”, images and photos are stored in the “Resources / Images” folder path.

FAX Software

What You must teach an Rookie to master LibreOffice Text / Microsoft Office for Job Applications

  1. Document size ( Letter vs. A4 ).
  2. Fonts ( ARIAL → CV, Times New Roman →Newspaper, COURIER → computer code )
  3. Styles ( “Apply Styles”, “Font Name”, “Font Size” ).
  4. Visible and hidden Tables, “Table Format”, “Table-Table Boundaries”.
  5. Table of contents.
  6. Resizing of images, “Keep Ratio”, image size reduction with GIMP, Paint.NET, Microsoft Expression.
  7. “Footnote”, “Endnote”.
  8. Using a simple text editor ( e.g. Notepad on Windows ) as copy+paste buffer, to get style-free text for import.
  9. Strategy to clone a document, i.e. to exchange text and graphics, instead of building a document from scratch.
  10. Check the document by:
    1. Creating a PDF.
    2. Do a visual inspection of the PDF.
  11. Hard page break ( ctrl+return ).


TeX, LaTeX


Free Editors

Free collaborative Editors

Shareware Editors

E-Reader, E-Book, E-Paper

Portable Document Format ( PDF )



Quick-Start Tools for Beginners, suggested by Experts

Interactive internetBook

  • Systime A/S, Denmark - “Interactive internetBook”.
  • I was told by experts that the Interactive internetBook” is proprietary, but based on HTML5.



  • The calibre ebook management for Windows, Linux by Kovid Goyal - “E-book editor for the major e-book formats. calibre has a built-in editor that allows you to edit e-books in the most popular e-book formats, EPUB and AZW3 (Kindle)”.



  • TechBook "Worauf es bei E-Book-Readern wirklich ankommt" - “Bis 2015 setzte der Onlineriese auf ein Format namens AZW, seitdem vermehrt auf sogenannte KFX-Dateien... Die kostenlose Software Calibre verwandelt AZW-Dateien ohne Kopierschutz etwa in ein ePub-Format um”. “Denn mit dem kostenlosen 64-Bit-Tool beherrschen Sie alle wichtigen Buchformate von EPUB, das iPhone und iPad, Tolino Shine und Sony Reader verwenden, bis zu MOBI, KF8 und AZW3”.
  • CreateSpace - An Amazon company - Community of authors. “Free Publishing Resources” - Tips how to publish a book efficiently.
  • Amazon.com Author Central - “Join Author Central: Confirm your identity. Please use the search below to identify a book you've written. You can search by title, author or ISBN”.

Tools & Software for Tablet PCs

Literature Administration

Software for Startups and Small Business

Calling Cards

Student Software for Digital Editing - Research - Archiving

Commercial Software for Technical Writers / Technical Journalists / Technical Editors

General Windows Tools, also for Small Business & Home Office

    • “294 applications available in a few clicks! In all areas : Audio, Video, Graphics, Internet, Games, Security, Education, System, etc.
    • “Free, Ready to use, Portable applications, Automatic online updates, Synchronization with the online catalog”.


Forums, Newsgroups

Appropriate OpenDirectory Directory Pages

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