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Home office and computer:

OpenOffice

screenshot of OpenOffice's Writer program

screenshot of OpenOffice’s Writer program

A great alternative to Microsoft Office Suite.  OpenOffice is a complete software suite for word processing, spreadsheets,presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It can also read and write files from other common office software packages.

I have not used OpenOffice at home for some time, since I have MS Office Suite, but I see OpenOffice has added some very cool features I need to check out.  My version of MS Office is from 2003, so it may be about time for me to switch!

Download OpenOffice

Download page for user guides and tutorials 

 

Software and downloads – graphic art and image editing:

PHOTOSHOP AND OTHER ADOBE SOFTWARE

Photoshop CS2 screenshot

screenshot of Photoshop CS2 version

Did you know you can download older versions of Adobe software such as Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS2, for free? As you will note on the download page, there is no longer any support for these versions, but they are fully functional (and perfectly legal to download). They may be older versions, but they are great when you have a tight budget! Go to the download page here: Download Older Adobe Software.

Just go to youtube.com and search for “photoshop cs2 tutorials”, etc., and you will find plenty of help to learn how to use these classic software programs.

GIMP

screenshot of Gimp user interface

screenshot of Gimp user interface

One of my most favorite software ever, GIMP is the closest thing to Photoshop that you’ll find.  I must admit that when I first downloaded GIMP, I was a bit lost as to what to do with it.  If you have no experience with Photoshop, GIMP can present a bit of a steep learning curve.  However, once I started finding online tutorials and seeing what GIMP could accomplish, I was hooked.  If you already know Photoshop, you will be fine in GIMP.

GIMP versions are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and GIMP is currently available in 13 languages:

GIMP user manuals

GIMP tutorials on youtube (English; or search for your language)

 

Time management and organization:

Printable Calendars

printable calendars

In spite of all the tech-savvy ways to make to-do lists and plan my schedule, one thing I’m old-fashioned about is writing things down on a calendar!  Here is a site I go to for printing out calendars.  There are a variety of different calendar layouts.  For some of them, you have to sign up for a membership, but there are plenty to choose from that are free downloads.

I’m using these specifically for my work-at-home to-do lists.  I have a 3-ring binder I keep at my desk, with dividers for my different work projects, and so I print a month-at-a-glance calendar for my monthly work goals, as well as a weekly one for breaking the goals down and deciding what days to put those tasks on.  I print them in portrait layout so they fit into my binder.

http://www.calendarsthatwork.com/