OpenOffice

Posted by Kevin Rush | 7:09 AM | , | 1 comments »

Tired of paying $150-$300 every time Microsoft Office comes out with a new edition, try OpenOffice. OpenOffice is open source, which means it's completely free, version of MS-Office. It has a word process, spread sheet, presentation, database, and publishing software included. Now, I must go on record saying this rarely does open-source give you all the options that major software developers give you, but I've seen it close. Here is how I compare MS-Office and OpenOffice.

Microsoft
Office 2003
Products

OpenOffice
2.0 Products

Disadvantages of Switching to OpenOffice

Advantages of Switching to OpenOffice

Word

Writer

Not much, you loose some of the html function (but who makes WebPages with Word) and Clip Art. Besides that it does 90% of what Word can do.

It's free, and has gotten rid of many of the functions that the common user doesn't need. You can save in all the major formats such as .doc files

Excel

Math

Nearly the same functionality

It's free and you can save in all the major formats such as .xls and csv

PowerPoint

Impress

You loose man of the cool transitions and you may have some issues when you try to open a .PPT in PowerPoint. Does 70% of PowerPoint can.

It's free and you can save an open .PPT files.

Publisher

Draw

Not near as good as Publisher and you can't save the files as .pub files.

Gets the job done and it's free.

Access

Base

Haven't evaluated it yet

It's free.

Also you can get OpenOffice for Mac, Linux or Windows. If you are having issues downloading it from the internet contact us.

1 comments

  1. Jonathan // March 30, 2007 at 10:39 AM  

    As a side note, Mac OS X users can also use a program called Neo Office (http://www.neooffice.org). It works fairly well and has a lot of the same limitations OpenOffice has. But, again, free. :-) Version 2.1 now supports the XML format that Office 2007 has gone to.