March 3, 2004 at 11:18 am #4417Someguy03Member
All that is needed to be said is in these quotes, but later I will add some more info and some screenshot links. The program is available for download at 65 mb's: Openoffice.org
Said by Sun Microsystems:Quote:quote:OpenOffice.org is both an open-source product and a project. The product is a multiplatform office productivity suite. It includes desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager, and a drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to those of other office suites. OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.
Localizations of OpenOffice.org are available in 27 languages, with more being constantly added by the community. OpenOffice.org runs on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL open-source protocols, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.
OpenOffice.org 1.1 is more powerful, more compatible, more international in scope, more accessible, and more open than ever. Best of all, it's still free.
Said by Download.com:Quote:quote:For most users, this free package can rival MS Office. OpenOffice.org includes powerful programs for creating interactive text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and diagrams. Not only does it let you edit basic documents such as a letter or a fax, but it handles complex and multipart documents with bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes. Even advanced users will find almost everything they've become used to: templates, collaboration features (versions, recording changes), macros, and even a programming language. OpenOffice.org lets you open and save documents in formats as widespread as MS Office, PDF, HTML, XML, and StarOffice.
The interface doesn't differ much from that of MS Office. Every document opens in a new window, and you can add toolbars and buttons. The drop-down menu provides quick access to recently opened documents. Some tools, such as Stylist, can be docked. Other features include powerful formula and diagram editors. We had stability problems when working with several documents. You can assign the amount of memory the package and each document uses. Anyone looking for an alternative office suite should check out this package.May 28, 2007 at 3:36 pm #48754ConficioMember
Just an update, since this post, Open Office.org has upgraded to release 2.2 and also its default file format, ODF as been recognized as ISO 23600 standard.May 28, 2007 at 3:55 pm #48753DavidParticipant
It's also not nearly as good as Office is. If you do any real work with Office, you need the real thing. OpenOffice is great for your mom or grandmother, but when you actually need to use Access or need to create a PowerPoint presentation, you'll want Office 2003/2007.
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