Top 10 Open Source Productivity Apps - Page 2

By Matt Hartley
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6. Inforama
The idea seems simple enough -- an application that provides the ability to take Open Office templates/forms and create PDF files, grab data from databases for the said templates/forms and add it to your own database. From there, the documents and templates created can be published over the web to a variety of sources.

What this application does for productivity

So how does Inforama enable you to be more productive? Simple, through document automation. Create, access, toss into a database and use it for later. Inforama is providing Open Office users what they need to be truly productive in the enterprise environment. Nothing could be better than being able to use Open Office to its fullest extent.

7. Constant

Basically tackling the various types of changes taking place in your company, Constant provides its users with a means of staying on top of it all. Simply enter in the type of change you are tracking, select users to be seen as participants, and away you go.

Constant is very helpful for the IT desk, as it means tracking every single change that takes place in your workplace, including new software/patches/etc.

What this application does for productivity

Constant is perhaps going to provide the most productive experience for those trying to keep track of the PCs in their workplace. What has been updated, new hardware added, software installed and so on. This application also means the user can request permission to make changes and then compare the results after anything has been updated.

8. GroupOffice
Definitely one of the better alternatives to MS Exchange, even if GroupOffice might be better described as a compliment to Exchange than a replacement. The application provides all you might expect from a PIM-like tool, with the addition of billing and a projects module. And like other Exchange clones, you can also upload and share files with co-workers.

What this application does for productivity

Billing, PIM functionality, synchronization with Outlook/Thunderbird/PocketPC/etc. Perhaps most important to office productivity has to be the CRM (customer relationship management) functionality integrated into the application. Complete with a CRM friendly ticketing system, GroupOffice has enough power to it for your work place to see the productivity benefits almost immediately.

9. OxygenOffice Professional
Think of it as Open Office with all of the bells and whistles. Clip art, extra fonts, templates, and all of the little extras you wished a standard install of Open Office might bother to come with.

What this application does for productivity

Providing its users with the missing fonts, clipart, and templates they need to get the job done means less time compiling documents and more time moving through important projects quickly.

A collection of web based tools for better productivity, TUTOS allows its users to keep track of development teams, their contacts, invoices, their calendar and of course, bug tracking.

What this application does for productivity

For open source development teams, this software is key. It provides a means of tracking, maintaining and even leading a motivated software development team full speed ahead with a good set of tools for progress maintenance.

Adapted from Intranetjournal.com.

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This article was originally published on October 22, 2008
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