OpenOffice

  • Version

    2.3.1
  • Date Added
    (to site)

    March 1st, 2008
  • Author

    Sun Microsystems in collaboration with the community
  • License

    LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License) (?)
  • Description

    OpenOffice.org the product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS.

    Available in over 65 supported languages with more being constantly added by the community, OpenOffice.org runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), Windows, Mac OS X (X11), and numerous other platforms. Our porting page lists the platforms (ports) that OpenOffice.org can run on.

    Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL open-source license, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source. And, because the native file format for OpenOffice.org is the vendor-independent OpenDocument open standard, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.

  • Platforms Supported

    WindowsMacLinux
  • Website

OpenOffice

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  • Overall

    3.67

Installation ★★★★☆
Features ★★★★☆
Usability ★★★★☆

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  • 1 negative

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Gibson99
Apr 17th, 2008, 9:29 am | #

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Once you get used to the different look and feel, you can do just about anything the average M$ Office user can do… but for free. The boss says I have to have M$ Office on the work machine… but he didn’t say I have to USE it. I have openoffice on the work machine and have no trouble exchanging files with others in a 100% windows environment.

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Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★
Rasmus Burkal
May 18th, 2008, 2:48 am | #

Review

Very nice alternative to MS Office.

Rating

Installation ★★★☆☆
Features ★★★★☆
Usability ★★★★☆
Rich J
Sep 17th, 2008, 4:06 am | #

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With Open Office I really don’t understand why MS Office continues to sell. Not only does it do virtually everything MSO does, it also allows quick creation of PDF documents, bidirectional functionality with Googledocs, web publishing tools and adds robust database and calculation software. To be fair, there are some things missing in Open Office including grammar check (which can be added on) but compared side to side, it’s a wash for features. The free price tag puts this software on top. This sorely overlooked and continuously improving software should be the standard office suite. It’s been mine going on 5 years now.

Rating

Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★☆
Usability ★★★★★
jeyanth
Oct 17th, 2008, 1:31 am | #

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With support for Microsoft Office Documents.. there is no reason why people shouldn’t switch to Open office.

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Installation ★☆☆☆☆
Features ★☆☆☆☆
Usability ★☆☆☆☆
Chris
Oct 21st, 2008, 2:46 pm | #

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An ideal reaplacement for Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.). OpenOffice can easily read, edit, and write Microsoft Office documents, without the cost. The look and feel is very similar, and it is capable of doing all the same tasks.

The only reason people are still buying Office is that they aren’t aware of the alternative.

Rating

Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★
Geoff
Oct 22nd, 2008, 5:04 pm | #

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OpenOffice.org is really fantastic. As a small business owner, I’d rather not spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on M$ Office. I found out about Open Office randomly and decided to give it a try.

The interface and user controls are simple for anyone trained on Microsoft’s Office suite. The downside is the limited availability of templates (which M$’s product is rich with). However, there is an import tool for M$ templates and you can always create your own.

OpenOffice can output in myriad formats and one that’s truly wonderful (because it’s system neutral–maintaining perfect formatting on all systems) is PDF.

I mainly use Writer (the equivalent to MS Word), and Calc (Excel).

Writer is capable of creating indexes and other amazing feats. It’s pretty feature rich and version 3.0 is wonderful.

Calc is excellent as well, using the same conventions as Excel for data input, functions, and calculations. There is an “analysis toolpak” add-in for Excel that I miss (advanced statistical analysis). Calc won’t be replacing M$ Excel or Minitab for the scientific or financial community anytime soon, but it’s pretty darn robust. With the nature of open source software, perhaps you can write your own statistical analysis package.

Base is intuitive, having most of the same controls and layouts as Access.

For free, I have no complaints. I will certainly be donating some cash to this project for the further development and advertising of the product. I’m a big fan of the ODF file format. Kudos to all of the corporate supporters of this great suite.

Rating

Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★☆
Usability ★★★★☆
duedrop
Aug 1st, 2009, 2:17 pm | #

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Have been using since 3 years, but the first year was mostly experimentation. I mostly use “Writer” and “Calc”. Before Ooorg I was entirely dependent on MS Office (Office XP) for my office work. The switch was not at all difficult, though sometimes I missed one or two features of MS Office. Now I’ve almost forgotten MS Office and entirely do my office works with OpenOffice. On the other hand I feel out of place when I encounter MS Office in my friends PC.

This is excellent piece of Open Source software and we should support and spread. If not for this, I could have had MS Office 2007 legally or otherwise, but have not looked at it since Office XP.

Today OpenOffice selling point is its compatibility and similarity with MS Office document. In not too distant future I hope it will be other way i.e. MS Office will hanker for compatibility with OpenOffice

Rating

Installation ★★★★★
Features ★★★★★
Usability ★★★★★

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