Posted on May 7, 2012 by Simon Phipps
It’s easy with LibreOffice. Send people attachments you can be sure they can view, but which can also be edited with free, open source software.
Here’s a how-to video that explains how to make Hybrid PDF files – that’s a normal PDF file, but with the ODF source of the document embedded so that anyone with LibreOffice is also able to open and edit it. Both ODF and PDF are widely implemented open standards, so you can be sure that there’s a choice of free and open source software for editing and viewing them and that they will remain accessible in perpetuity.
The instruction sheet I edit in the video is available for download. Naturally, it’s an editable PDF!
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Posted on April 24, 2011 by Simon Phipps
Having applied for membership as soon as the process was announced, I’m honoured to have been accepted today as a Member of The Document Foundation. Having been associated with OpenOffice.org for over a decade in a variety of capacities, I have a deep appreciation of what has been achieved both technically in creating a cross-platform productivity suite and politically in challenging what looked like an entrenched monopoly.
Today, LibreOffice and ODF have a maturity and global acceptance that even those of us imagining the possibilities at the start of the previous decade could not have anticipated. I look forward to working with the Steering Committee and the rest of the community to continue the amazing achievements to date.
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Posted on March 2, 2010 by Simon Phipps
The details for Document Freedom Day 2010 have been announced – it’s on March 31st and there will be events all over the world. This should be a year of celebration as well as campaigning, as we have made enormous strides in promoting liberty.
Usage of ODF is more common than ever, and new Microsoft Office users now get the opportunity to select it as the default format. We still need to campaign and remain vigilant, however. The network effects that drive people to ignore their freedoms are as strong as ever, and institutional biases against tools like OpenOffice.org remain.
True open standards are the key to deployer liberty. ‘Libre’ implementations of open standards – evolved in the open with every willing voice respected – are already at the heart of the new digital society and Document Freedom Day is to be welcomed as a celebration of the liberties we all need for our networked future.
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