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OpenOffice???

  • 26-08-2012 8:29pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 143 ✭✭ bridgetown1


    One Simple Question:

    Is it any good?

    I need Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access for my work. Instead of paying good money to Microsoft I am considering OpenOffice.

    So, is it any good???

    Thanks in advance!!!:)


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,879 ✭✭✭✭ Johnboy1951


    Yes

    as is Libre Office


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,805 Setun


    Many linux distros come with Libre Office as standard, and having used it in an office environment I can confirm that it's very good. I haven't used Open Office in a long time but I imagine they are very similar.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 87,664 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Capt'n Midnight


    Try before you buy :)
    open templates and files and emails you already have

    that's the lovely thing about open source

    Tip: If you try the portable version of libreoffice you don't even need to install it

    For creating your own documents , perfectly ok

    For using someone else's documents , usually ok
    unless they have go mad on the formatting or have complicated macros it's usually OK


    There is no replacement for Access yet - Base is very different

    Impress is great if you are using a projector :)

    Draw is like Visio Lite - different file formats but a lot cheaper than visio
    Publisher doesn't share files with anything else - perhaps use Inkscape instead ?


    if you need to give docs to other people then you can generate pdf's

    you can also install microsoft word / excel / powerpoint viewers to check stuff you are sending to others



    at the end of the day if you need 100% compatability for all features with other microsoft office users then you have to buy the same version of office they are using


  • Administrators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 28,559 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ oscarBravo


    Publisher doesn't share files with anything else - perhaps use Inkscape instead ?
    I would have said Scribus.


  • Registered Users Posts: 143 ✭✭ bridgetown1



    at the end of the day if you need 100% compatability for all features with other microsoft office users then you have to buy the same version of office they are using

    That is the real Bollox about it. There are so many different versions of Office going around, 97 (anybody still using?), 2000, XP, 07, 10 and I am told there is a 13 coming out, and compatability between some versions is a touch dodgey!


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  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 1,325 Mod ✭✭✭✭ croo


    From MS Office 2010 there is a prompt to use Open XML or ODF as the default file format, so I guess *if* people start choosing the ODF option then we *might* finally start to address that issue!


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