BetaNews: LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 1 arrives with ODF 1.3 document support

BetaNews: LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 1 arrives with ODF 1.3 document support . “The Document Foundation has released the first public beta of its upcoming LibreOffice 7.0 office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. Users are encouraged to download and test the software — which installs alongside any existing production release — ahead its final release, expected to be in August. The new release doesn’t boast any major new features, but does update ODF support to 1.3, plus unveils improvements both major and minor to the suite’s major components — in particular Writer.”

Engadget: Google Photos makes it easier to take clear pictures of receipts

Engadget: Google Photos makes it easier to take clear pictures of receipts. “Google is making it easier to capture clear photographs of receipts and other documents. Following on from the AI-powered suggested actions feature unveiled out last year, which automatically brightens and rotates images, the company is this week launching a new crop and adjust function for snaps of printed items and text-heavy pages.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times has released an open-source tool to let you manage all your internal knowledge more easily

NiemanLab: The New York Times has released an open-source tool to let you manage all your internal knowledge more easily. “The means for creating (and maintaining) a documentation site — or a style guide, or a knowledge base, or any other set of information frequently used as a reference — have shifted back and forth over time. Blogging software! Wikis! Flat files! Database-driven! Google Docs! GitHub Pages! Dropbox Paper! Notion! The number of options — and the degree to which their selection sometimes come down to one person’s aesthetic choice or workflow preference — has left the job of keeping updated documentation a bit of a mess. Into this muddle steps The New York Times, which faced the same set of questions and built an internal tool called Library to address them. “

PC World: Zoho Office Suite taps AI to provide a free, powerful alternative to Office 365

PC World: Zoho Office Suite taps AI to provide a free, powerful alternative to Office 365. “If you don’t want to pay for Microsoft’s AI-powered Microsoft Office, there are alternatives—including Zoho’s free Zoho Office Suite. Zoho’s alternatives to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Keep launch today, complete with their own intelligent features that are arguably friendlier than Microsoft’s own.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Document Scanner Apps for iOS

Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Document Scanner Apps for iOS. “There are dozens of document scanner apps available for iOS, but most of them are junk. Our top five picks are based on great image quality, diverse formatting options, accurate text recognition, ease of use, and ample sharing options. They also offer clear privacy and security policies, plus editing and annotation features.”

Lifehacker: How to Use Google Drive’s New ‘View History’ Feature

Lifehacker: How to Use Google Drive’s New ‘View History’ Feature. “If you use Google Docs (or Sheets, or Slides) you may have noticed a recent pop-up letting you know that ‘Editors can now see you view history.’ Without any context, the message is a little confusing—even disconcerting if you’re the paranoid type—but there’s nothing to be worried about. Here’s what you need to know about the latest feature coming to Google Drive.”

Library of Congress: Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Now Online

Library of Congress: Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Now Online . “The papers of President James Buchanan, who presided in the four years leading up to the Civil War, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress, along with the papers of his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as first lady in the White House. Buchanan was the nation’s only president who never married.”

VentureBeat: Google Drive now lets you comment and collaborate on Microsoft Office files, PDFs, and images

VentureBeat: Google Drive now lets you comment and collaborate on Microsoft Office files, PDFs, and images. “Yesterday, Microsoft announced plans to attract new OneDrive customers through a special ‘free-switch’ offer aimed at rival cloud storage services from the likes of Google. Today, Google revealed it was turbo-charging Google Drive to include a bunch of new features designed to appease Microsoft Office users across the spectrum.”

New York Times: How to Preserve Your Family Memories, Letters and Trinkets

New York Times: How to Preserve Your Family Memories, Letters and Trinkets. “Recently, someone wrote to Mary Oey, a conservator at the Library of Congress, asking for help archiving her father’s personal papers. He was a Holocaust survivor, and he had used his diaries and papers as primary sources to teach schoolchildren about his experience. He had laminated them to keep them safe, and — Ms. Oey gave a mournful sigh as she told this story — lamination is a terrible way to preserve documents. There was no way to save this patron’s history.”

Indian Express: Asiatic Society library goes digital with 10,000 books, 2,000 manuscripts

Indian Express: Asiatic Society library goes digital with 10,000 books, 2,000 manuscripts. “One of the most picturesque spots in the city, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai is also a rich repository of rare documents, books, periodicals, manuscripts and maps. However, time has ravaged some of the invaluable resources available at the library, which is now over 200 years old. Some of the material available, which dates back to well over 300 years, has been in a state of despair, with the paper too brittle to even touch. After years of efforts and lobbying, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai launched its digital library initiative…on January 15.”

BetaNews: LibreOffice 6 unveils OpenPGP support, ePUB filter and many more new features

BetaNews: LibreOffice 6 unveils OpenPGP support, ePUB filter and many more new features. “The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 6.0 64-bit and LibreOffice 6.0 32-bit, a major new release of its open-source office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. LibreOffice 6.0 adds a host of new and improved features, including support for OpenPGP signing and encryption, an ePUB filter and a new icon set. In addition, Writer users gain a powerful new spell-checking tool with professional-grade features.”

Make Tech Easier: How To Create a Custom Google Docs Template Without GSuite

Make Tech Easier: How To Create a Custom Google Docs Template Without GSuite. “At one time Google Docs used to have a feature where you could create a template and submit it to a template gallery. This made it very easy to set up a template to use repeatedly for new documents. However, Google has since stripped custom templates out of regular Google Docs and moved it to their GSuite service, which requires regular payment to use. Regular users can still use Google’s pre-made templates but not upload their own. For users who don’t want to pay just to make a template, let’s look at how to manually create a template on your own.”

eWeek: Microsoft Uses AI to Tighten Word’s Translation Tool in Office Update

eWeek: Microsoft Uses AI to Tighten Word’s Translation Tool in Office Update. “Thanks to Microsoft’s accelerated software release cadence, Word now features an improved built-in translation tool that can help users make sense out of documents from their overseas colleagues.”

MakeUseOf: The 3 Best Free OCR Tools to Convert Your Files Back Into Editable Documents

MakeUseOf: The 3 Best Free OCR Tools to Convert Your Files Back Into Editable Documents. “Believe it or not, some people still print documents on physical pieces of paper. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software takes those printed documents and converts them right back into machine-readable text. We’ve found some of the best free OCR tools and compared them for you here.”