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Cost Effective Alternativesto Business Productivity Programs         May 17, 2012
Sub-CommitteeChamber Member Companies working together to bring youthe information on the technological topics that intere...
Facebook Events Check-in
Open Source Alternatives WORK-ALIKE options, not look-alike    Options for Office, including an Outlook     alternative ...
Email  Look at how you can do everything with  Thunderbird    compose and send    receive and read email    folders (r...
Calendar  Look at how the calendar is integrated into  Thunderbird    Normal calendar functions    Shared calendars wor...
OpenOffice & LibreOffice  Why 2 names?  File Formats  Export to PDF
OpenOffice & LibreOffice  Quick look at the programs    Word Processor    Spreadsheet    Drawing    Presentation
Open Source Design Applications  Gimp  Inkscape  Scribus
Open Source Design Applications  Gimp    Photo Editing Application    Alternative for Photoshop   http://www.gimp.org/d...
Open Source Design Applications  Resolution Example
Open Source Design Applications  Inkscape    Vector Based Program    Alternative for Adobe Illustrator    Will open & ...
Open Source Design Applications  Scribus    Frame Based Design Layout Application    Alternative for Microsoft Publishe...
Cost Comparison  All products discussed today were FREE   alternatives  Purchased price of comparison products    Micro...
Cost Comparison  Other costs    Retraining        learning curve similar to switching from Office 2003 to         Offic...
Upcoming Events                    After Hours         Thursday, May 24 5-7 pm  Sponsored by the subcommittee companies  U...
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  1. 1. Cost Effective Alternativesto Business Productivity Programs May 17, 2012
  2. 2. Sub-CommitteeChamber Member Companies working together to bring youthe information on the technological topics that interest youand can benefit your business!Andy Kastrup, ProTronics Technologies, Inc.Art Zemon, Hen’s Teeth NetworkBeth Richter, ProTronics Technologies, Inc.Jeff Arneson, JLJ TechnologyJohn Coleman, SocketKen Tucker, ChangeScape, Inc., Co-ChairMark Peimann, EPC Computers, Co-ChairRandy Downs, JLJ Technology, Archiving Valuable Assets
  3. 3. Facebook Events Check-in
  4. 4. Open Source Alternatives WORK-ALIKE options, not look-alike  Options for Office, including an Outlook alternative  Options for more specialized packages too  Design Applications Will all run on Windows, Mac & Linux
  5. 5. Email  Look at how you can do everything with Thunderbird  compose and send  receive and read email  folders (remote and local)  great searching/filtering  multiple accounts/personalities  works with any IMAP email server so same messages visible in Thunderbird, on web, and on mobile devices
  6. 6. Calendar  Look at how the calendar is integrated into Thunderbird  Normal calendar functions  Shared calendars work (demo with Arts & Candys calendars)  Google Calendar backend for this demo. Could also be a Microsoft Exchange Server or any of several other possibilities  works with pretty much any backend so same calendars visible in Thunderbird, on web, and on mobile devices
  7. 7. OpenOffice & LibreOffice  Why 2 names?  File Formats  Export to PDF
  8. 8. OpenOffice & LibreOffice  Quick look at the programs  Word Processor  Spreadsheet  Drawing  Presentation
  9. 9. Open Source Design Applications  Gimp  Inkscape  Scribus
  10. 10. Open Source Design Applications  Gimp  Photo Editing Application  Alternative for Photoshop http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
  11. 11. Open Source Design Applications  Resolution Example
  12. 12. Open Source Design Applications  Inkscape  Vector Based Program  Alternative for Adobe Illustrator  Will open & edit PDF files http://inkscape.org/download/
  13. 13. Open Source Design Applications  Scribus  Frame Based Design Layout Application  Alternative for Microsoft Publisher or Adobe InDesign  Export to PDF http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Download
  14. 14. Cost Comparison  All products discussed today were FREE alternatives  Purchased price of comparison products  Microsoft $350 - $ 500  Adobe $ 600 - $ 2000
  15. 15. Cost Comparison  Other costs  Retraining  learning curve similar to switching from Office 2003 to Office 2007  Support  narrower field of Tech help to choose from in person, however, the  online communities and forums are very helpful & supportive (and often free advice)  Main Cost Savings: Do It Yourself approach
  16. 16. Upcoming Events After Hours Thursday, May 24 5-7 pm Sponsored by the subcommittee companies Uncle Joe’s Bar & Grill – 204 N Main St. – St. Charles Linux Install Party Wednesday, May 30 3-5pm City-County Library – Spencer Rd Branch, Rm 112 Next Month’s TechComm Online Collaboration & CarTech
  17. 17. May 17, 2012 Cost Effective Alternatives to Business Productivity ProgramsPresented by: Art Zemon Paul BarthelIn coordination with: Mark Peimann Randy Downs Andy Kastrup Ken Tucker Jeff Arneson Beth Richter Please fill out your survey & drop it in the box before you leave
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