New InterfaceI'm getting a new laptop soon, I think I may well ditch MS Office completely this time. Hurray! If only there was an Open Source web editor that was a patch on Dreamweaver...
...The introduction of multi-pane views, floating toolbars and native desktop integration in all modules, provides a familiar interface and a great deal of flexibility in how the user can interact with the application. Of course, OpenOffice.org provides for extensive customisation of the menus, toolbars and shortcuts to suit the particular needs of any user.
Database Module (OpenOffice.org Base)
This release sees the debut of OpenOffice.org Base, a database module capable of creating self-contained, portable and cross-platform database applications....
Any database application developed in OpenOffice.org using this database platform is immediately portable to users on any operating system supported by the OpenOffice.org office suite.
...OpenOffice.org 2.0 is the first open source office suite to offer full support for the OpenDocument format, an XML file format specification suitable for office applications including text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical documents...
Enhanced PDF Export
...The PDF export now gives greater control over the quality and size of PDFs generated as well as providing support for links, indexes, forms, thumbnails and presentation transition effects.
XForms are now much easier to create, edit and use, thanks to their complete integration inside OpenOffice.org. XForms support is important as this represents one more steps in the direction of more interactivity and connectivity inside documents. OpenOffice.org definitely leads in this direction and does this in by supporting standards, freedom and openness. XForms is the standard for web forms defined by the W3C consortium (http://www.w3c.org/), the body defining the web standards.
Improvements to Calc (Spreadsheet)
Significant improvements have been made in the functionality of proprietary office suite filters, allowing for improved compatibility between office applications, including Microsoft Office...
...has now been extended to include advanced information including a count of selected words and characters. This feature has now been moved to a more accessible location.
Neil,It's lovely, and generous, I think it deals with the ethical issues pretty well, but it doesn't solve the systemic problem of how producers of such cultural artifacts get paid in the new world...
Last week I got an ipod nano. After putting some music on the ipod, I checked out Anansi Boys from my library and copied the audio book CDs onto my ipod. I have been listening to the book as I go about my day. However, I feel guilty, as if I have ripped you off somehow. Is it okay to copy library versions of your books onto my ipod? Have I broken the law?
Thanks in advance for either slapping my wrist or easing my guilty conscience.
A HUGE FAN!
What a wonderful ethical question. I feel almost rabbinical pondering it. No, I don't believe you've broken any law. If you'd checked out the MP3 CD from your library you'd be expected to put it onto your iPod, after all. There's a weird sort of ethical fogginess, in that I suspect that part of the idea of libraries is that when you're done with something you return it, and of course once you have your MP3 on your computer and iPod you can keep it forever. But I think this is just one of those places where changes in technology move faster than the rules.
If you're listening to it, and you've got an iPod or suchlike MP3 player, you're almost definitely going to listen to it on your iPod. That's how things are, and it's a good thing (it's why I got Harper Collins to release American Gods and Anansi Boys on MP3 CD, after all).
Probably wisest not to pull it off your iPod and give it to other people, though. Let them at least take it out of the library themselves.
Perhaps the term biblioblogs is most appropriate only to the latter in cases where the focus is on historical study of biblical writings or cognate areas.Such neat clear distinctions are dangerous, I like them not!
Starting in 2005, the Oriental Institute is committed to digitizing all of its publications and making them available online, without charge. The minimum for each volume, old and new, current and forthcoming, will be a Portable Document Format (PDF) version following current resolution standards. New publications will appear online at or near the same time they appear in print. Older publications will be processed as time and funding permits.Great! This is wonderful news, now I wonder how they are funding the initiative...
Does it come with actual artifacts taped to the back cover or something?It's publishing, Jim, as the early 21st century knows it! Since almost no reputable academic publisher has adopted print on demand, they have to print a "run", for a book like the Hittite Onomasticon they will only sell a few copies, so each must cost a lot.
Print's anachronisms, whether it is the last-mile delivery, the slaying of forests, or the sale of thick packages that most consumers use only small slices of, make change inevitable once a better answer is available.If the "low digestible price" for data to a txtPod could help the print publisher it could also help Steve and me, at least as long as the txtPod can also present pictures and sounds... And Ben Vershbow at if:book thinks it will have to:
Consider if the line between the Web and print matter were erased by a device for data consumption, not data entry - all screen, no baggage - that was uplinked and updated constantly: a digital player for the eyes, with an iTunes-like array of content available at a ubiquitous volume and a low, digestible price.
The thing is, online reading is quite different from print reading. There's a lot of hopping around, a lot of digression. Any new hardware that would seek to tempt people to convert from paper would have to be able to surf the web. With wireless networks and mobile web, this feature would not go un-used (the new Sony PSP portable gaming device has a web browser).So, maybe, just maybe, Jakob Nielsen's fabled "Year of the Micropayment" is just around the corner, a glimmer in Steve Jobs' eye...
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