Productivity tools for Linux have been of particular interest over the past few years. There are a few well-known apps that work with OpenOffice (Linux’s Office Suite) such as LibreOffice and NeoOffice. We look at a few more office productivity application tools that can make your life easier, most of which can work with MacOS and Windows as well.
There is an abundance of accounting suites available today. The best known are unfortunately expensive and don’t run on Linux. GnuCash does run on Linux– and it’s open source and free! GnuCash offers everything a basic accountant needs from their software – ledgers, double entry systems, payroll, reporting and more.
It is getting more important to pay attention to document layout in this corporate day and age. Not only does it allow you to stand out – but also shows potential clients that you are professional. Scribus is a free, open-source Linux tool that allows you to publish beautiful and custom designed documents.
Project management is essential to any organization and almost every single project has more than one component in it. If you aren’t using a project management tool already, you probably have many tasks flying around your organization. ProjectLibre is another free software tool that can help you get your ducks in a row. It also comes with a host of reporting functions that are guaranteed to make the boss smile.
GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
The standard imaging software is no doubt Photoshop, however, in order to run it in Linux, you need a virtual machine running Windows or Playonlinux. GIMP is the solution to this, and it’s just as powerful as Photoshop. The software provides great colour management, can read the majority of file formats and has support for input devices such as touchpads.
One would think that the growing threat of cybercrime would urge businesses to get serious about their password management. And sadly, that is not always the case. We recommend LastPass – it runs on Linux and everything else. It stores passwords, notices and updates them whenever you change them, and generates and remembers strong passwords for you.