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Tens of thousands of Free/Libre Open Source applications are available to be used, modified and distributed freely for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. The range of software is wide and includes office applications (word processing, presentation, spreadsheet), to 2D image processing, or video editing. This lectures cover practical aspects of the ubiquitous OpenOfffice.org suite, GIMP bitmap image processing and InkScape vector image. The multimedia section will cover hands-on audio editing with Audacity, video editing with KDENLive, and  web broadcasting with VLC. This courses are aimed at people willing to change from proprietary to open source software and get digital freedom and flexibility at home, school or business. The topics are:

Office100 - Intro to OpenOffice.org - Word Processing, Spreadsheet & Presentation

Image100 - Introduction to Image Processing with GIMP and Inkscape

Office100 - Introduction to OpenOffice.org - Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation

OpenOffice.org is an open-source suite for word processing. spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases. It is available in more 100 languages and it runs on all major operating systems including Linux, Unix, Windows and MacOS.

Because OpenOffice.org is open-source, it can be used freely for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration.

This is a 2 hour hands-on training of how to create a word document, a spreadsheet and a presentation. The course is meant for people with no previous background in computers. People with previous exposure to similar proprietary products such as Microsoft Office, will find have the opportunity to compare and contrast the features.

If you want to have OpenOffice.org installed in your computer, please contact us so we can set an appointment and install OpenOffice.org in your computer prior the course.

Price $5.00

(price ex. vat 5)

Image100 - Introduction to Image Processing with GIMP and Inkscape

The graphics from all magazines and posters and books are a combination of two types of images: bitmap and vector. Bitmap images are made by small pixels, and the images you capture with your digital camera or scanner are bitmap. Vector images are made by lines and the advantage is that they do not loose resolution, regardless of how we zoom.

The purpose of this hands-on tutorial is to show how to do a quick, yet real project of creating a poster or brochure using GIMP (bitmap) and Inkscape (vector) image processing software.

GIMP is a free graphics bitmap editor and stands for the GNU Image Manipulation Program. You can resize images, compress images, layer images, create graphics and more using the GIMP.used to touch up and enhance your photos.

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw.

Both GIMP and Inkscape are open source and run in all major operating systems: Linux, Unix, Windows and MacOS.

If you wish to have installed this to free programs into your computer and use it during the course, please make sure you contact us ahead so we can have the computer ready for you.

Price $7.00

(price ex. vat 7)