LibreOffice Viewer for Ubuntu Touch phones

Finally there is a beta version available for Ubuntu phones. It’s declared to be a preview but is works nicely. It’s not in the Application Store ind ith has to be installed from a command line

It integrates in the current DocViewer application and it can handle various office document formats (both LibreOffice ones and MS Office files) which is nice.

There are several things to do (a touch-based zooming, for example) but in general it works very well. It’s just a viewer (so no editing and – at least for now – no clipboard support) but it’s probably just enough for a phone. I have very mixed experience with editing of such documents on small touch-based devices (phones, PDA’s) so I see no problem with the fact that it is only a viewer.

All the main functionality (an ability to see files an zoom them if necessary) is here and the application feels to be stable so far.

So for the installation on your phone you need these steps:

wget http://people.canonical.com/~alan/docviewer/20151106/com.ubuntu.docviewer_2.0.193-beta_armhf.click
pkcon --allow-untrusted install-local com.ubuntu.docviewer_2.0.193-beta_armhf.click
sudo click register --user=phablet 'com.ubuntu.docviewer' 2.0.193-beta

After that, your phone will be able to handle ODT, ODS, DOC, DOCX, XLS and other strange file types!

LibreOffice Viewer for Ubuntu Touch phones

MC400 Screenshot

I finally managed to make a screenshot of  my Psion MC400 laptop. I have spend several hours working on the machine and it is surprisingly user-friendly and well-designed (please remember that it’s a 1989 laptop).

Psion MC400 screenshot

Yes, the software is functionally limited but it is user friendly AND effective (note that there is only 256 kB or RAM available for both main memory and the ramdisk so the software have to be small and simple). The keyboard shortcuts are sometimes unusual but easy to remember so it is easy to start to work with the machine.

I noticed just one problem – I cannot find image viewer so I can take screenshot (Shift+Control+Psion+S) but I can only use it as a wallpaper… :-\

Fortunately it is easy to move the file to a workstation and to use pictopnm, for example (get it here).

MC400 Screenshot