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OpenOffice

Open Office - MS Office alternative

by JohnHood, Jan 2006, permalink _ Office Suite

 

OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 Released

http://digg.com/software/OpenOffice_org_2_3_0_Released

 

Available for download now, OpenOffice.org 2.3 incorporates an extensive array of new features and enhancements to all its core components, and protects users from newly discovered security vulnerabilities. It is a major release and all users should download it.

 

Review from John Hood

Replacement for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher

http://www.openoffice.org

OpenOffice.Org

Review Date: Continuous First Listed: Nov-2003 License: Open Source

 

 

Interface10.0
Features10.0
Stability10.0
Help/Support10.0
Versatility10.0
Average Rating10.0

(Of The 4 Programs I Reviewed)

 

"OpenOffice.org, does better at handling Microsoft Office file formats than Ms Office itself does."- CNet Reviews

 

Now in version 2.0 - OpenOffice.org contains a word-processor, spreadsheet, presentation maker and publisher. OpenOffice comes with the features you would expect in a high-end office suite: create and apply styles on the fly, automatic word correction, mail merge, bullets and numbering, graphic support, macro record, full read and write of Microsoft formatted documents. OpenOffice happily coexists with MS Office on the same computer. Install it on every computer, and then install Microsoft Office only where MS Office functions are absolutely needed.

 

Thumbs up for...: - The menus are practically clones of MS products. Cross-platform (Windows, Mac and Linux) and released in 147 languages, OpenOffice has more logical layout of menu options, better data source support including a pre-built bibliography database for students, better template and master document support than MS Office, auto-complete to save repetitive typing and export to Adobe PDF format built in. The PowerPoint clone will publish a presentation in Micromedia Flash. OpenOffice also has better end-user support with "http://www.oooforum.org/." Tons of extras available.

 

Thumbs down for...: - It can be slow to launch. It's missing a "Paste Format" option. there is no groupware, calendar and organizer equivalent like Outlook (see the Outlook page for options here). It can be a bit intimidating at first glance for the user who is transitioning from Microsoft products. This is usually based on the fact that all of the features in OOo actually work correctly.

 

Visit WebsiteScreenshots & Getting Started (interactive)Documents to use

 

Don't want to install it before deciding? You can try it out by downloading John Haller's No-Install Version

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Notes from Clif

Open Office Suite: I belive it's the best of the free office suites.

 

Quote from the website

What's in the suite?

WRITER Is a powerful tool for creating professional documents, reports, newsletters, and brochures. You can easily integrate images and charts in documents, create everything from business letters to complete books with professional layouts, as well as create and publish Web content.

 

CALC is a feature-packed spreadsheet which can turn boring numbers into eye-catching information. Calculate, analyse, and visually communicate your data quickly and easily. Use advanced spreadsheet functions and decision-making tools to perform sophisticated data analysis. Use built-in charting tools to generate impressive 2D and 3D charts.

 

IMPRESS is the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will truly stand out with special effects, animation and high-impact drawing tools.

 

DRAW will produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations and special effects.

 

The Database User Tools give you all the tools you need for day to day database work in a simple spreadsheet-like form. They support dBASE databases for simple applications, or any ODBC or JDBC compliant database for industrial strength database work.