OpenOffice.org

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    Nov 05, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Anyone here use OpenOffice? If so, how do you like it?
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    Nov 05, 2008 2:54 PM GMT
    Fine in a pinch. Can't beat the price.
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    Nov 05, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    Thanks.
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    Nov 05, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    It has some strange functionality issues on my G5 mac, but they went away on my intel mac.
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    Nov 05, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    Yes. I like it a lot. It actually has great scripting abilities and can work with other tools (databases and so forth) that people do not know about. The interface could be a little better, but it is one of the best free software I can think of besides firefox.
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    Nov 05, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    How does it interface with Microsoft Office? I have always been curious as to whether documents in one work in the other, and vice versa.
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    Nov 05, 2008 5:09 PM GMT
    cowboyathlete saidHow does it interface with Microsoft Office? I have always been curious as to whether documents in one work in the other, and vice versa.
    You can exchange documents pretty easily between MS office and Openoffice pretty easily. There is a database program with Openoffice that even allows you to read databases like MS Access.

    Here, learn more:

    http://why.openoffice.org/

    interoperability evaluated
    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5083657.html

    Here is the wikipedia page ..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org
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    Nov 06, 2008 6:51 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the info guys!
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    Nov 06, 2008 7:10 AM GMT
    There are actually a lot more totally FREE projects out there, not just OpenOffice, that can replace commercial options. Just search for Open Source, beware the freeware and trials since they often contain spyware. Stick to Open Source (GNU/GPL, etc).

    GIMP for example (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) is an excellent replacement for the bloated and unbearably slow Photoshop, though with less features, it has a far more user-friendly interface than PS and is cross-platform.

    Then there's Blender/Wings3d (for 3d apps), Bazaar (for SVN), FireFTP (for FTP), VLC media universal media player, Inkscape (Vectorial graphics), FoxIt Reader (recommended replacement for Adobe's reader for PDF files, which is very very unnecessarily bloated and SLOW), Spybot Search & Destroy (Antispyware), 7Zip (recommended replacement for WinRAR and WinZIP, it compresses smaller and is faster, as well as being able to open almost every type of archive files that exist including said .rar and .zip files), etc.

    And of course, our favorite, Firefox icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 06, 2008 7:30 AM GMT
    I find it irritating, but then I find the office 2007 interface, down right, scratch my eyes out, repetitively slam my head into a wall infuriating....

    I'm going to stick with my (100% illegal) office 2003
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    Nov 06, 2008 7:37 AM GMT
    the ability to create a pdf on the fly is nice, it starts up faster than MSOffice, and yes it is free, so I switched to it ages ago, I also find the page setup easier. On my macbook however I am using MSOffice instead of NeoOffie(=OO on mac) since for whatever reason MSOffice is actually much nicer on the Mac platform than on the Windows one. Another advantage is crossplatform, I used OO on my Linux Notebook and on my Windows PC and never had to guess where the commands/options where. As long as people do not send you complicated macro excel sheets I never had a problem opening MSOffice documents either.
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    Nov 07, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    I agree. At work I have a PC with openoffice. It's OK. I'm not all that thrilled by it. At home I have MSOffice on my Mac. I've been using office for years and I still love it.
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    Nov 08, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    OpenOffice is great. I run Linux on my system, so MS Office is not an option (unless I feel like jumping through a few small hoops, but still not worth it). Instead, I use OpenOffice, which is compatible with MSOffice both directions (can read from MS files, can write in MS format). The only thing you'd have to worry about is formatting. Margins by default are a little off. If you format something with MS Office, it may not turn out to look the exact same if you import it into OO. Same vise versa. If you're going to be using it for your personal system, I'd say go with OpenOffice. If you're wanting to convert your office to an open source environment, OpenOffice would be a great start (at the software development company I work for, we use all Open Source software based on Linux). If you're wanting something that's going to last in a business environment, you're going to want to be consistent and use whatever software the business uses.
    The latest version, OpenOffice 4, supports Microsoft's new "suffix + x" (.docx) format.