Open Office is installed by default in older versions of (K)Ubuntu, with Writer (Word equivalent), Presentation (PowerPoint equivalent), Calc spreadsheet (Excel equivalent), and Base relational database (Access equivalent).
Open Word 2007 Documents in Open Office
The latest edition of OpenOffice opens .docx (i.e. Word 2007) documents by default.
LibreOffice is a free and open source (GPL-licensed) office suite similar to OpenOffice. Install:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-gnome
The KOffice suite is part of the KDE project and is meant to provide the capabilities of the OpenOffice suite without the licensing restrictions of OpenOffice. It can be used in any version of Ubuntu. Install:
sudo apt-get install koffice
sudo apt-get install abiword
GoldenDict (Multi-lingual Dictionary and Translator)
sudo apt-get install goldendict
Xournal is a free (GPL-licensed) GTK/Gnome-based application for notetaking, sketching, or keeping a journal using a stylus. Install (universe repositories must be enabled):
sudo apt-get install xournal
PDF is the file format used by Adobe Acrobat (which can be read by many e-book readers as well). There are many PDF-oriented utilities available in Ubuntu. In the Synaptic Package Manager, search for "pdf".
Print to a PDF file
(K)Ubuntu allows printing of any document to the PDF format by default. From any application:
- File -> Print -> Print to File -> Output: PDF
View a PDF document
Evince is the default PDF document viewer in Ubuntu. PDF files are associated by default with Evince, so clicking on a PDF file (from a file manager such as Nautilus) will open it with Evince. Evince can also be started:
- Menu -> Office -> Evince
Scan to a PDF file
Gscan2pdf is a utility to do exactly that: scan to a PDF file. Multiple options for scanning can be set. Install:
sudo apt-get install gscan2pdf
PDF-Shuffler (PDF file management)
PDF-Shuffler is a free GTK-based utility to manipulate multiple PDF files, allowing individual pages or entire PDF documents to be re-arranged, rotated, merged, or deleted. This is an essential tool for working with PDF files. Install:
sudo apt-get install pdf-shuffler
- Menu -> Office -> PDF-Shuffler
MaxView (PDF file management)
MaxView is a utility to capture, manipulate and rearrange, and print .pdf and .max files. Written in Qt, it is similar in some respects to Paperport.
- Download and install the .deb package (use i386 instead of amd64 if using a 32-bit OS):
wget -O maxview_current.deb http://sourceforge.net/projects/maxview/files/maxview0.7-2/maxview_0.7-2_amd64_maverick.deb/download sudo dpkg -i maxview_current.deb
- Start MaxView in a GUI by creating a menu item with the Command: maxview /home/user, where /home/user is the directory in which you wish MaxView to start.
PDFMod (PDF file management)
PdfMod is a Gnome-based application to reorder, rotate, and remove pages, export images from a document, edit the title, subject, author, and keywords, and combine documents via drag and drop. Install:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pdfmod-team/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install pdfmod
PDFedit (PDF file editor)
PDFedit is a free (GPL-licensed), Qt-based PDF file editing and manipulation program that uses a GUI for editing. Install:
sudo apt-get install pdfedit
Import PDF files into a word processor
Import PDF files into OpenOffice Writer
PDF files can be imported into the OpenOffice Writer word processor as a hybrid document (not a scanned character document) by installing:
sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-pdfimport
Import PDF files into KWord
Kword is the Word Processor package in KOffice. It allows the importing of PDF files by default.
PDF-XChange (PDF file editor)
FBReader (e-book reader)
FBReader is a free cross-platform e-book reader, based on the GTK platform. Install:
sudo apt-get install fbreader
Calibre (eBook conversion)
Calibre is an eBook reader, library manager, and tool for conversion between many eBook formats (including the .epub format). Install:
sudo apt-get install calibre
- eBook conversion examples and tips are here.
Sigil (eBook editing and conversion)
Sigil allows creation and editing of an eBook in .epub format and conversion from other formats. Download and install the binary from the website.
eCub (eBook editing and conversion)
eCub allows creation and editing of an eBook in .epub format and conversion from other formats. Download and install the .deb package from the website.
Personal Information Managers
Kontact Personal Information Manager
Kontact is the default PIM included with Kubuntu. Kontact includes email, an address book, a calendar, reminders, pop-up notes, a link to the Akregator News/RSS reader, time-tracking, and more. Its many functions resemble MS-Outlook. Through connectors it interfaces with many groupware servers (such as Kolab and eGroupware). Install:
sudo apt-get install kontact
Mozilla Sunbird (Calendar)
Sunbird is a standalone group calendar client that in the future will be replaced by the Lightning extension for Thunderbird and Firefox. (It is available in a 64-bit and 32-bit version, whereas the Lightning extension is currently only available in a 32-bit version.) Download from the website and install by clicking on the downloaded file to extract, or:
sudo mkdir /etc/sunbird cd /etc/sunbird sudo wget -O sunbird-current.tar.bz2 http://download.mozilla.org/?product=sunbird-1.0b1&os=linux64&lang=en-US tar -xvjf sunbird-current.tar.bz2
- Replace os=linux64 with os=linux if using a 32-bit OS.
- Then create a menu item named Sunbird to point to the Command: /etc/sunbird/sunbird
BasKet Note Pads
BasKet Note Pads is a personal note-taking application that resides on your computer and can be used for creating "to-do" lists. It is great for centralising your thoughts in one place. Install it:
sudo apt-get install basket
Planner (Project planning & management)
sudo apt-get install planner
You can keep track how long you use an application with TimeTracker. Keep records for billing or simply limit your Internet usage.