MS Office Alternatives - Lesson 1 (Web-based)

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Looks at web-based alternatives to MS Office when your desktop is not available. A look at free resources for students, educators and others.

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MS Office Alternatives - Lesson 1 (Web-based)

  1. 1. Mark D. Puterbaugh Information Services Librarian Eastern University Warner Memorial Library St. Davids, PA
  2. 2. Web-based  Zoho - https://www.zoho.com/  Google Docs – https://docs.  SkyDrive - https://skydrive.live.com/
  3. 3. Zoho Whether using the free or subscription service Zoho provides powerful tools to create and collaborate. Free service offers 5GB of storage. Includes Zoho E-mail.
  4. 4. One Site Many Services Looking for a web-based service that has it all Zoho may be fit. Standard office type features plus many more excellent services both free and subscription.
  5. 5. Choose an Application To create a document, cho0se Docs from the opening screen, then from the “Create” menu select an application.
  6. 6. Zoho Show Zoho Show is an application used to design slideshow presentations. From the File menu select New to start a fresh presentation or select a presentation created previously from the file system.
  7. 7. Toolbar Zoho Show ‘s toolbar offers many widgets. The Insert toolbar provides widgets to flow chart symbols and action buttons.
  8. 8. Themes The Design menu offers a variety of themes, styles, and other widgets to enhance the visual experience of the presentation.
  9. 9. Save, Collaborate, Dissemninate Zoho provides a number of collaborative options and the ability to present directly from the Web.
  10. 10. Zoho Writer Is a fully functional word processor with most of the “bells an whistles.” Create a new document or open an existing document from within the file system.
  11. 11. Menus, Drop Downs and Widgets Zoho Word offers many additional features not found in other web-based word processors including special character, math functions and a long list of symbols.
  12. 12. Save, Collaborate, Dissemninate Zoho Write offers a variety of way to share a document.
  13. 13. Zoho Sheet A feature rich spreadsheet application with most of the “bells and whistles” found in desktop applications.
  14. 14. Menus, Drop Downs and Widgets Service offers all the features expected from a desktop application including the use of macros.
  15. 15. Save, Collaborate, Disseminate Zoho provides a number of collaborative options and the ability to present directly from the Web as an embedded spreadsheet.
  16. 16. Google Docs and G-Mail You must have a G-Mail account to access the Google Docs application suite. This is the one account necessary for everything Google. Includes 15 GB of storage between Google Services.
  17. 17. Google Drive The starting point for using the application suite. • • • Word Processing Presentation Spreadsheet
  18. 18. Document Contains all the essential tools for word processing. • • • Page Numbers Paragraph Styles Translate
  19. 19. Save, Collaborate, Disseminate Save and share your files with anyone. They can view on the web, share from a folder or receive an e-mail. There’s nearly unlimited ways to share.
  20. 20. Presentation Start from Scratch or Import Your Own. There are any themes from which to choose. Upload an existing file.
  21. 21. Tools, tools, tools! Everything you would need to make a great presentation.
  22. 22. View or Present from the Cloud Use the online preview or full presentation mode directly from Google Docs.
  23. 23. Save, Collaborate, Disseminate Save and share your files with anyone. They can view on the web, share from a folder or receive an e-mail. There’s nearly unlimited ways to share.
  24. 24. Spreadsheet All the calculation tools together in one place.
  25. 25. Charts and Graphs Display data in the ways you need.  Bar Charts  Line Charts  Pie Charts  Many more!
  26. 26. Online Forms Create a form for surveys, quizzes, opinion polls and more. Edit as a spreadsheet.
  27. 27. Collect Data Post forms on the web to collect data. View result on a spreadsheet.
  28. 28. Save, Collaborate, Disseminate Save and share your files with anyone. They can view on the web, share from a folder or receive an e-mail. There’s nearly unlimited ways to share.
  29. 29. SkyDrive SkyDrive is part of your MSN account. If already you have a Hotmail or Outlook e-mail account, you have access to SkyDrive.
  30. 30. File System MSN provides users with 7 GB of storage space for documents, videos, ima ges, sound, etc.
  31. 31. New Document Use the Create drop down menu to begin a new document.
  32. 32. Word App The Word app is a scaleddown version of the MS Word application. However, the interface is easily recognizable to any MS Word user.
  33. 33. Toolbar There is an option from SkyDrive to edit a document online or download to the desktop version of Word. The editing screen has many of the tools found In MS Word.
  34. 34. Widgets Many of the widgets used to format Word documents standard MS Word locations.
  35. 35. Save, Collaborate, Disseminate Authors can invite fellows to share in the writing of a document. Collaborators have the ability to edit the document.
  36. 36. Excel App Excel interface familiar is similar to that of the full application on the PC.
  37. 37. Toolbar As with the Word app, documents can be edited online or downloaded to the full application on your PC.
  38. 38. Widgets Contains many of the standard Excel widgets, including a scaled version of the graph and chart widget.
  39. 39. Graphs Graphs includes  Line Graph  Area  Pie Charts  More
  40. 40. Save, Collaborate, Disseminate Authors can invite fellows to share in the writing of a document. Collaborators have the ability to edit the document.
  41. 41. PowerPoint App All the basic tools of MS PowerPoint in a convenient web app. Start from scratch or upload to SkyDrive and edit an existing presentation.
  42. 42. Edit and View Edit online or download to the MS PowerPoint App on your desktop. View presentation, outline and notes online.
  43. 43. App Interface Looks like the latest version of PowerPoint for the desktop
  44. 44. Familiar Widgets Drop down widgets to insert elements and use design templates.
  45. 45. More Widgets Create various transitions and animations.
  46. 46. Even More! View the presentation in various displays. Review and display notes.
  47. 47. Save, Collaborate, Disseminate Authors can invite fellows to share in the writing of a document. Collaborators have the ability to edit the document.
  48. 48. Pros and Cons  Pros  Basic Features Free of Charge  Accessible everywhere the Web goes.  Free Cloud Storage  Highly Collaborative  Cons  Compatibility Issues  Additional Charges for Premium Tools  Additional Charges for Additional Storage  What if there isn’t a Web Connection?

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