Archive for the ‘Open Source’ Category

Translate your PHP application with Gettext (i18n)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’ve done a quick tutorial on Gettext and PHP. It’s based on our implementation for Ofuz.

Gettext is great and, once setup, a very efficient solution for translating an application into multiple languages.

10 open source business applications

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Here is a list of 10 proven & stable open source applications. (from Runar Lie at Office123) to run your entire business.

Those application are for small to medium size businesses that can afford the implementation and configuration cost. But on the long run they have a very low cost of owner ship compare to their commercial counterpart.

Bamboo invoice simple & clean free open source invoicing

Friday, March 19th, 2010

This is a Review and demo of Bamboo Invoice its a free web based invoicing application.

Quick summary

The application is 100% complete but you’ll need a web hosting account to get it installed and working for your business.

It’s very simple but supports all the features you’d expect in doing an invoice. The user interface is clean and easy to use. For the most part I found it intuitive — never had to look for too long to find what I needed.
I could create an invoice, generate a PDF, send it by email to a client, and record the payments.
Couple of things were missing or couldn’t be found:  mainly recurrent invoices. I found how to duplicate an existing invoice but couldn’t set invoices to automatically repeat themselves every month.
The online payment support could be a plus, especially since its a paid option on most online systems.


  • Its nice looking and intuitive
  • Open source and customizable
  • Multi-language


  • No recurring invoices
  • No Online Payments
  • Requires a web hosting account

Screen shots

Detail of an Invoice

Detail of an Invoice

Invoice In PDF

Invoice In PDF



Online Demo

We installed a demo at Open Source Software As A Service so you can try it your self:
Demo account is:
Password: demo123
PS: the demo resets itself every hour.