Foxit PDF Reader

ESP Projects
4th June 2008 3 Min. Read

Over the years, the popularity of the Portable Document Format (PDF) has increased hugely. This once obscure little extension is now so ubiquitous that customers have come to expect that a PC ‘comes with’ Acrobat reader – Adobe’s free PDF reader. For those who have not fully come to terms with PDF, the principle is easy to grasp: most common software – such as Microsoft Word – will save a file using a proprietary format, in this case the .doc format. This in effect means that only people with Microsoft Word can open that document – which clearly excludes some people from reading it at all.

Improve Your Productivity

ESP Projects
1st May 2008 1 Min. Read

Improving Productivity Through Technology – Opportunities for the Voluntary and Community Sector, 10th June, London

NCVO and Microsoft UK are hosting an interactive conference combining case studies, workshops and keynote speakers to explore the potential of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for small and medium sized charities.

Understanding that complexity, resources and finances can hold technology development back, Microsoft and NCVO aim to introduce you to ways of accessing the latest technology through the help of a special donations scheme, enabling your organisation to achieve more. The conference will include case studies from charitable organisations that demonstrate how they are already reaping the benefits from using the latest technology. The event will close with an informative session on ICT funding and how you can access technology donations through Microsoft UK.

ESP Projects By Numbers

ESP Projects
1st May 2008 1 Min. Read

0 – the number of clients who have cancelled their contract with us because of service issues

Number 1 – ESP aims to be the best ICT Support provider in South Yorkshire!

2 – it takes about two years of training, hard work and experience for a trainee at ESP to become a Network Engineer

National Recognition

ESP Projects
1st May 2008 2 Min. Read

Over the years, ESP Projects has grown into one of – if not the – largest ICT Social Enterprises in the UK. Indeed, thanks to networking events arranged through the ICT Hub, Circuit Riders and the various Regional ICT Champions, we have forged links with similar organisations and projects throughout the country. From Cumbria to Brighton, Cambridgeshire to Manchester, ESP Projects is attracting interest as a model for delivering ethically responsible but financially sustainable ICT services to charities and not-for-profit organisations. So much so that we are currently engaged in a system of exchange visits where we can share our Best Practise tips and tricks and learn from the experience of other providers too.

The Joy of Doodling – Doodle

ESP Projects
1st May 2008 2 Min. Read

We all know the script: you need to arrange a meeting with several people, all of whom have busy schedules. But how do you do it without sending out an ever-increasing quantity of ever-more complicated emails? It seems to be such a time consuming process for such a simple thing!

Well now there is a perfect technical solution.

It’s called Doodle, and it is a free service provided by the website http://www.doodle.ch. Doodle allows you to create a simple poll (whether it be for scheduling an event, or just a multiple-choice question) in 3 easy steps. Once the poll is created, you are emailed a link to administer the poll (e.g. change the question) and another link to send out to poll participants.
You send the second link in an email to you friends or colleagues, and they click on it to ‘vote’ on which date/time/option is good for them. Voting doesn’t require registration or signing up to anything, they simply put their name in and vote. Doodle tallys up the votes for you and you can easily see which option is best. All you need to do then is email everyone with the result! Easy!

Take Control of Your Website – CMS’s explained

ESP Projects
3rd April 2008 4 Min. Read

If you have looked at our you will have seen that we put a lot of emphasis on Content Management Systems (CMS) with names such as “Joomla” and “Plone“. If you are wondering what it is all about then this article will explain. It’s really a very simple idea.

A CMS is a tool that allows people with little or no technical expertise to manage and update their own website. It puts control of the website into the hands of people with management and marketing skills, without needing to pay a web designer every time they want to change some text on their website.