Today, while looking through my ports tree for software to manipulate Microsoft PowerPoint documents (.ppt), I came across tonicpoint-viewer/pkg-descr, stating that:
The TonicPoint Viewer is a standalone Java application that allows you to open and view PowerPoint presentations on any platform. The Viewer supports the standard PowerPoint file format that is used by PowerPoint 97, 2000, XP, 2003, etc.
Sounds good, but not exactly what I was looking for. The excerpt caused a slight distraction, though, as I followed this link and was very surprised to read:
Q. Why is Google acquiring Tonic Systems?
A. Google shares Tonic Systems’ vision for helping people collaborate, share and work together online. Tonic Systems’ team and technology are a strong fit with existing Google products like Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
This is definately the way to go! I have been using Google Docs & Spreedsheets for about a month now and I absolutely love it. Of course it does not have all the bells and whistles of Microsoft’s full office suite, but has just what I need. The ability to work on a document anytime you are online is fabolous. I wish it would have came out earlier a few years ago, when I was in college. Serious money would have been saved on countless memory drives. Yeah, there were networked drives, but off campus they were not easily accessible.