Business / Office Suites
I figured that my finding Office vastly over-qualified and eminently dispensable for my own use must be a relatively rare phenomenon. It turns out I was more typical than I had imagined in using Office mostly like a sledgehammer for pounding thumbtacks, and only unusual in making the switch to cheaper and more appropriate software as productivity tools. Seems like most enterprise users could do the same and save a bundle on software licensing.
Everyday users are becoming more aware of security (Heartbleed, anyone?). But for corporate IT departments, keeping data secure has been a requirement for quite some time. Endpoint Protector was at this year’s Macworld Expo, and we sat down with the team to discuss their Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions for Macs, iDevices, Android devices, and Windows.
Kashoo is a cloud-based accounting software package for small businesses; the Mac alternative for products like Peachtree. Some of the features include secure log-in, a rolling bank ledger, user level read/write access, and filter ready reporting. The cloud service has native apps for iPhone and iPad so you can pick up your iDevice and work on the go.
FileMaker Pro is the very powerful database application that lets you create new databases from scratch or use databases created by others. But why wait for someone else to create the database you need now. DevCon—FileMaker’s Developer’s Conference—will be held this year in San Antonio, Texas, July 28-31 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
Apple’s iWork for iCloud has finally received the iOS 7 treatment. On Thursday, Apple updated the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers applications for iWork— as well as several other online services from Apple—with the new iOS 7 design, making the template selection screen and document library look synchronized on iOS devices.
If you don’t want to pony up for Microsoft Office or even Apple’s iWork Suite (incidentally, now free for iOS and bundled with new Macs), there are plenty of free or very inexpensive Office alternatives. Here are profiles of several popular ones, including Apache OpenOffice, NeoOffice Mac Native Suite, LibreOffice for OS X, along with Savy Soda Documents and Savy Soda Documents Free for iOS.
Now that the kids are back in school and you can refocus, maybe it’s time to start growing the business you’ve been developing. If so, you may want to take a look at Daylite 4.3, Marketcircle’s suite for managing and growing business. Daylite brings project, sales, email, meetings, calendar, contacts, and notes functionality into one program, and now offers Forms and Attachments on iOS devices using Daylite
If you were considering buying Bento—the consumer/prosumer-level database program from FileMaker for your Mac, iPhone, or iPad—you have until September 30th before it’s discontinued. You’ll be able to get technical support for Bento through July 30, 2014 and, for a limited time, you can purchase FileMaker Pro 12 for 40% off the listed price if you’ve already bought Bento.
At the recent MacTech Bootcamp II, I attended the half-day Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional, 2013 course as part of my conference track. Delivered by a Microsoft-employed trainer, it provided a fantastic opportunity to learn about the various flavors of Office and the new licensing schemes, and gave attendees the ability to get some questions answered about complex troubleshooting situations.
During the WWDC 2013 keynote on June 10th, Apple announced it would finally be bringing the full iWork suite to iCloud and would make it entirely browser-based. Today, the company released an iWork for iCloud beta to registered developers for testing. With iWork for iCloud, users will finally be able to save their documents for Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes online and access them from any browser window.
Those still running Microsoft Office 2008 on their Macs will be saddened by the news coming from Microsoft this week. The company has announced that starting on April 9th, 2013, it will end all software support for Office 2008 for Macintosh. The news was posted on Microsoft’s blog, noting that Office 2008 has reached the end of its product cycle.
MacTech has teamed up with Microsoft to offer an Office for Mac Accredited Professional program as part of their MacTech BootCamp II conference. Targeted at support professionals and Apple consultants, this program lets you demonstrate your skills and can offer a career advantage as more Macs find their way into enterprises.