Open Office

July 25, 2007 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Computers | 5 Comments

Open Office is a suite of Office programs much like MS Office. Only its free and without the bloat of recent versions of MS Office. It saves to the Open Document standard, handy as it will let you open files long into the future. But it can also be set to save to MS Office formats if you share files with people a lot. I’ve had no problems with Open Office (OO) generated files sent to people with MS Office.
I ran into a serious problem with Office files locking up my computer and the only fix was to upgrade to a newer version at considerable cost. Considering there was no new features required, I had a hard time justifying this. I decided to give the much recommended Open Office a try. That was a year ago and I have not looked back.

I have used it for presentations, complex spreadsheets including budgets, list merge into name labels (with graphics), and am writing a book with it using the Master Document system. (each Chapter a separate file but the Master Document merges them, paginates, Indexes, contents, and sends end notes to the end) It also has database, drawing and math programs.

I have had no problems with it at all. http://www.openoffice.org/

You do have a choice. OO is a much better choice than spending the money for home use or using a pirated copy.

Add: Many governmental organizations have standardized on it due to its support of the XML-based document standard which guarantees documents to be openable in the future. By comparison, current MS Office formats are being discontinued in the latest version. Ever tried to Open a 10 year old document?

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