Useful Downloads

Okay, I admit it: I’m a software junkie. I sometimes spend hours finding, downloading, and playing with new programs that I think might increase my productivity. Here are a few of my recent finds:

Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. If you have Word XP or 2003 and need to save documents in the new 2007 XML format, here’s the answer:

The OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in makes it possible to open and save in OpenDocument format (ODF)–the format used in’s office suite (which is free and powerful). The add-in comes with a command line translator that provides batch conversions.

Office Accounting Express is Microsoft’s free accounting package. If you’re running a small business, or if you’re a freelancer, this may be just what you need to keep your books.

There’s also a tax integration add-in.



After reading “The Need for Speed” in the June 14 newsletter, Judy Stein wrote:

I seem to work most efficiently using a combination of keyboard and mouse. My main speed trick is the right-click edit menu: I’ve put my most frequently used menu items and macros on it (and gotten rid of the default items that I don’t use often).

Many thanks to Judy.



Articles by Geoff Hart

Earlier, I mentioned Geoff Hart’s new book Effective Onscreen Editing:

But Geoff has also published numerous articles on editing, publishing, writing, and related topics, and they’re all available here:

Many thanks to Geoff for providing such a valuable resource.

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