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.”

CNET: Zoho offers free work-from-home software for coronavirus-careful businesses

CNET: Zoho offers free work-from-home software for coronavirus-careful businesses. “As businesses look to reduce coronavirus risks by telling workers to stay home, there’s a definite need for work-from-home options — tech that allows everyone to communicate, collaborate and remain productive. Zoho Remotely is a new suite of apps designed precisely for that purpose, and it’s free until July 1.”

9to5Google: Google Docs autocorrect widely rolling out as Smart Compose exits G Suite beta

9to5Google: Google Docs autocorrect widely rolling out as Smart Compose exits G Suite beta. “Last November, Google Docs started testing autocorrect and Smart Compose as part of leveraging machine learning to improve user productivity. Those two features are now widely rolling out, though availability is tiered.”

The Next Web: Microsoft just combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single handy Android app

The Next Web: Microsoft just combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single handy Android app. “…today Microsoft publicly released the first unified Office app for Android. The app was previously only available for Office Insiders during a preview period that began in November with a small group of users, according to Thurrott.com. Now it’s available publicly right in the Play Store.”

BetaNews: LibreOffice 6.4 offers better performance, improved help and a QR code generator

BetaNews: LibreOffice 6.4 offers better performance, improved help and a QR code generator. “LibreOffice 6.4 is a major point release — the last in the 6.x product line — and comes with the promise of improved performance along with several new universal features and the usual mix of minor changes and improvements to individual applications within the suite.”

Amit Agarwal: Count the Number of Words and Characters in a Google Document

Amit Agarwal: Count the Number of Words and Characters in a Google Document. “If you were to count the nubmer of words and characters in a Google Document, open the document, go to the Tools menu and choose Word Count. That’s a good option for counting words in a single document manually but what if you have a folder of files in Google Drive, say student assignments, and wish to know the words or characters per document. That’s where Google Apps Script can help.”

The Register: LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary

The Register: LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary. “What’s new in version 6.4? There are numerous fresh features; most are small, but they do include the ability to insert QR codes into any document. The Generate QR Code feature lets you enter a hyperlink (or any text) and generate a QR code with four options for complexity. A low complexity is better for long URLs while high has better error correction if there are errors in reading.”

How-To Geek: How to Add Flowcharts and Diagrams to Google Docs or Slides

How-To Geek: How to Add Flowcharts and Diagrams to Google Docs or Slides. “Flowcharts and diagrams can help people understand confusing data. If you need one for your Google Docs or Slides file, you can create it without leaving your document. We’ll show you how.”

Ars Technica: Google Drive will introduce long-asked-for file shortcuts feature

Ars Technica: Google Drive will introduce long-asked-for file shortcuts feature. “Soon, Google will add one of the most commonly requested features to its Drive file hosting, sharing, and collaboration service: shortcuts. These will allow users to create pointers to files from either the same drive or another, separate shared drive.”

Digital Inspiration: Want to Read Faster? Change your Default Font In Google Docs

Digital Inspiration: Want to Read Faster? Change your Default Font In Google Docs. “Google has added a new font family – Lexend – that will help you read faster and better. The font is available inside Google Docs, Sheets and Google Slides or you can download it directly from the Google Fonts website and use it in offline apps like Microsoft Word.”