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Old 01-28-09, 11:19 AM   #1
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Open Office instead of MS Office

Does anyone use Open Office exclusively on Windows XP? I downloaded it and it seems to work fine, although I don't know the keyboard shortcuts yet, and I would like to uninstall MS Office. My version is slooooooooooooow and Word crashes after a few minutes if I don't save the file. I am wondering if Open Office has any bugs that will show up later and make me miserable without MS Office . . .
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Old 01-28-09, 11:27 AM   #2
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I use OO on WinXP. I only use MS Office when I'm on computers at school. I don't use OO too often, so I don't know of any bugs or anything. Seems pretty good to me.
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Old 01-28-09, 11:32 AM   #3
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I put OO on my netbook, and I am pretty happy with it. My only regret is that it does not have an application equivalent to Outlook.
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I only use the spreadsheet portion of OO, and it works like a charm.
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I moved to OO on my XP machine exclusively during this last computer install. I have found OO hard to use and a bit buggy at times. I've found a few things that are much more complicated to do (fine tuning of tables), and some that just aren't availalbe (found documentation that it was not available).

I think I'm gonna have to go back to Office. At least I do own a legal copy.
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Old 01-28-09, 11:51 AM   #6
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I put OO on my netbook, and I am pretty happy with it. My only regret is that it does not have an application equivalent to Outlook.
Mozilla Opensource Projects

Not integrated into OpenOffice, but great alternatives to MS Office products.

Thunderbird - Email Client
Sunbird and Lightning - Calendar with extension to integrate into Thunderbird

Have worked well for me.
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I used OO once and hated it. I use the newest version of office, it is the best office application. For just simple letter typing OO is ok, but for anything more I say go office.
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Is there one to replace FrontPage? Or something like it?
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I'm getting internet back on the home computer in a couple of weeks and am thinking of downloading it. Looks pretty interesting.
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Is there one to replace FrontPage? Or something like it?
Here are some great places to check:
http://www.osalt.com/
http://whdb.com/2008/the-top-50-prop...-alternatives/
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Is there one to replace FrontPage? Or something like it?
According to one of those website, BlueFish is listed as an alternative for FrontPage.
http://www.roseindia.net/opensource/...n-source.shtml
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According to one of those website, BlueFish is listed as an alternative for FrontPage.
http://www.roseindia.net/opensource/...n-source.shtml
I just read that as well. When I get home, I'm going to download it and give it a whirl.
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All and all, the latest version of OO is a step up on the Mac side. Before 3.x, it was just plain unusable on Leopard. Now its OK. However, on the Mac, I rather use iWork because Pages is a nice, no-nosense word processer. Keynote helped greatly with my last semester and presenting in two classes, mainly because it allowed me to do presentations that were different from the cookie cutter Powerpoint slides.

On the Windows side, since I purchased Office 2007, I'm going to use that. It does what I need it to. The one semester in college I had all paper writing courses, it made life a lot easier for me, as it has a great feature of tracking citations, so I could get a paper done in perfect MLA style.
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Old 01-28-09, 01:06 PM   #15
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I use OO exclusively at home, and also have it installed parallel to MS-Office at the office. I'm a big fan. It works great for me, my office mates have no idea that I'm using OO when I create and edit documents in the office environment.

I never use 90% of the functions in MS-Office anyway, so if they are not available in OO, I don't miss them.

Use - MS for outlook still cause it's required at the office.

Depends on your needs really.
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I use OO exclusively at home, and also have it installed parallel to MS-Office at the office. I'm a big fan. It works great for me, my office mates have no idea that I'm using OO when I create and edit documents in the office environment.

I never use 90% of the functions in MS-Office anyway, so if they are not available in OO, I don't miss them.

Use - MS for outlook still cause it's required at the office.

Depends on your needs really.
Same here. Except I'm fortunate that I do not have to use outlook.

I don't get why anyone would hesitite to try OpenOffice. It's not like you have to shell out any cash for it.
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