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Friday, July 3, 2009

Ubuntu Collaboration: OpenOffice and DropBox

Once DropBox is installed, it becomes a very simple operation to default document creation in OpenOffice to deposit files in DropBox.

In the OpenOffice preferences menu (Tools -> Options -> -> Paths), the default directory can be modified to the dropBox location as illustrated here (change the My Documents path to the DropBox directory):

This allows an amazing degree of freedom in saving and reaccessing these files from just about any machine offering a browser connection to the internet.

For teachers and students doing distance editing due to sickness, snow days, or other reasons this is a godsend.

For students or scientists or law enforcement officials working on common information, it is also an invaluable service.

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