Helpful schedule tracker

Timeline Maker Professional creates clear, impressive scheduling charts in minutes.

The program's interface is professional and welcoming, starting with some helpful tutorials and moving on to an intuitive layout at every turn. The program feels like operating a calendar system, like the one found on Microsoft Outlook, but its results look very different. After entering in event information like start and stop times, you see a clear timeline of your event. Each step is shown in a highly readable text bubble along a timeline. It is easy to see when each step was happening thanks to the color-coded system. … Read more

View PowerPoint slides more effectively in iPhone Mail

Apple recently released a support document that explains why Microsoft PowerPoint slides appear blank with a white background or fail to render properly in the iPhone and iPod Touch Mail app.

The problem is a caused when documents, which are subject to display size limitations, are converted to HTML Web pages before being displayed on the iPhone or iPod. Large images or multiple medium-size images used on a PowerPoint slide result in some not being visible in the converted content.

It is important to give the slides time to render before giving up, because some slides take longer to convert. … Read more

Power to Prezi!

Is it a presentation tool? Or a visual storytelling tool? Visualization software? Or a zooming editor? Budapest-based Adam Somlei-Fischer, founder and lead designer of Prezi, and Peter Halacsy, founder and CTO of Prezi, were interested in soliciting feedback on their product’s category when they visited frog design’s San Francisco studio last week and demoed their tool. Having marketed mind-mapping software previously in my career, I felt sympathetic: At the time, we went through a similar exercise, and after endless discussions and focus groups we ended up with a label only a committee could come up with: “enterprise productivity … Read more

Supposed conversion

Word Excel PowerPoint to Pdf Converter will supposedly convert Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to PDFs; however, a trial restriction prevented us from seeing the full outcome.

We tested the trial version, which is so limited that we couldn't tell if the program works properly or not. We selected a Word and an Excel document to try with the program. We were informed that the trial version would only convert part of the documents; that for full document conversion we must purchase the program. We let the program convert our files, and when we viewed them, because of the … Read more

First Take: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

The Microsoft Office 2010 technical preview is available today through invite only and--though it's not in its final form--there are plenty of feature enhancements to be excited about, if Microsoft can pull it off. According to Microsoft, the focus of this update was on three things: to make work flows more efficient; to effectively use Web applications to make your work available anywhere; and to make collaboration with others much easier. In this CNET First Take, we'll take a look at some of the notable feature changes across many of the applications. Microsoft says Office 2010 will let … Read more

View and edit Word documents on your iPhone with Documents To Go

It's been a long time coming, but DataViz's Documents To Go has finally arrived in the App Store.

The software allows you to view, edit, and create Microsoft Word documents, while a companion desktop app (for Windows and Mac) enables two-way synchronization.

Needless to say, this should have business users dancing in the aisles (or at least doing a little Where the Hell is Matt-style jig).

Drawing on years of experience with Palm and Windows Mobile versions of Documents To Go, DataViz crammed in a laundry list of features. For starters, the company's InTact technology guarantees … Read more

Microsoft issues patches, including one for IE exploit

Updated at 2:20 p.m. PDT with Adobe update released; at 12:25 p.m. PDT with Microsoft saying this is a record number of vulnerabilities addressed in Patch Tuesday; and at 11:45 a.m. PDT with comment.

Microsoft has released 10 security updates fixing a record number of Patch Tuesday holes, including one for a critical hole in Internet Explorer 8 that was exploited as part of a hacking contest at CanSecWest in March.

The bulletin addresses 31 vulnerabilities. "It's the most since Microsoft started releasing updates on a regular schedule of the second Tuesday … Read more

Microsoft to plug holes in Windows, IE, Word, Office, and Excel

Updated 3:30 p.m. PDT with Adobe update due on Tuesday.

Microsoft will release 10 security updates on Patch Tuesday next week, including critical patches for holes in Windows, Internet Explorer, Word, Office, and Excel.

In addition, Adobe said it will provide security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 7.x, 8.x, and 9.x for Windows and Macintosh on Tuesday in its first quarterly security update for its popular software for creating and reading PDF files. The critical update will be detailed on Adobe's security bulletin site.

Meanwhile, the six critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft software … Read more

Microsoft patches critical PowerPoint hole

Microsoft on Tuesday released a patch aimed to fix a critical vulnerability in PowerPoint that had already led to exploits.

The vulnerability is listed as critical for Office 2000, but rated only as important for Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. However, the hole had already formed the basis of targeted attacks, prompting Microsoft to issue a warning last month.

Although Microsoft says the hole is now patched in the Windows version of PowerPoint, the software maker said it is still working on fixes for the Mac version of Office as well as for Microsoft Works, the company's … Read more

Microsoft to issue patch for critical PowerPoint hole

Microsoft will issue a patch on Tuesday to fix a critical vulnerability in PowerPoint that could be the same hole that has been exploited in limited and targeted attacks.

The vulnerability affects Microsoft Office 2000, 2003, 2007 and XP, as well as PowerPoint Viewer and Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 file formats, according to an advance notification released on Thursday.

In a security advisory in early April, Microsoft warned about a vulnerability in PowerPoint that had been targeted by attacks that were tailored and not widespread.

That vulnerability could be exploited by getting a person … Read more