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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.

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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  • 1. Mark D. Puterbaugh Information Services Librarian Eastern University Warner Memorial Library St. Davids, PA
  • 2. Web-based  Zoho - https://www.zoho.com/  Google Docs – https://docs.  SkyDrive - https://skydrive.live.com/
  • 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. 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. Choose an Application To create a document, cho0se Docs from the opening screen, then from the “Create” menu select an application.
  • 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. Toolbar Zoho Show ‘s toolbar offers many widgets. The Insert toolbar provides widgets to flow chart symbols and action buttons.
  • 8. Themes The Design menu offers a variety of themes, styles, and other widgets to enhance the visual experience of the presentation.
  • 9. Save, Collaborate, Dissemninate Zoho provides a number of collaborative options and the ability to present directly from the Web.
  • 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. 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. Save, Collaborate, Dissemninate Zoho Write offers a variety of way to share a document.
  • 13. Zoho Sheet A feature rich spreadsheet application with most of the “bells and whistles” found in desktop applications.
  • 14. Menus, Drop Downs and Widgets Service offers all the features expected from a desktop application including the use of macros.
  • 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. 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. Google Drive The starting point for using the application suite. • • • Word Processing Presentation Spreadsheet
  • 18. Document Contains all the essential tools for word processing. • • • Page Numbers Paragraph Styles Translate
  • 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. Presentation Start from Scratch or Import Your Own. There are any themes from which to choose. Upload an existing file.
  • 21. Tools, tools, tools! Everything you would need to make a great presentation.
  • 22. View or Present from the Cloud Use the online preview or full presentation mode directly from Google Docs.
  • 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. Spreadsheet All the calculation tools together in one place.
  • 25. Charts and Graphs Display data in the ways you need.  Bar Charts  Line Charts  Pie Charts  Many more!
  • 26. Online Forms Create a form for surveys, quizzes, opinion polls and more. Edit as a spreadsheet.
  • 27. Collect Data Post forms on the web to collect data. View result on a spreadsheet.
  • 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. 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. File System MSN provides users with 7 GB of storage space for documents, videos, ima ges, sound, etc.
  • 31. New Document Use the Create drop down menu to begin a new document.
  • 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. 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. Widgets Many of the widgets used to format Word documents standard MS Word locations.
  • 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. Excel App Excel interface familiar is similar to that of the full application on the PC.
  • 37. Toolbar As with the Word app, documents can be edited online or downloaded to the full application on your PC.
  • 38. Widgets Contains many of the standard Excel widgets, including a scaled version of the graph and chart widget.
  • 39. Graphs Graphs includes  Line Graph  Area  Pie Charts  More
  • 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. 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. Edit and View Edit online or download to the MS PowerPoint App on your desktop. View presentation, outline and notes online.
  • 43. App Interface Looks like the latest version of PowerPoint for the desktop
  • 44. Familiar Widgets Drop down widgets to insert elements and use design templates.
  • 45. More Widgets Create various transitions and animations.
  • 46. Even More! View the presentation in various displays. Review and display notes.
  • 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. 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?