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Hello! OpenOffice at last

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I’ve always been intrigued by OpenOffice, but I’ve also always already MS Office—and of course Open Office does not include anything like OneNote.

But now I’m on a Mac, and I’m wanting a good word processor, spreadsheet, and the like. And I’m not inclined to go with MS Office on the Mac—don’t know why, but I have negative impressions.

But I just now thought: OpenOffice.org, a free, open-source, platform independent solution. I’m downloading it now. 🙂

Written by LeisureGuy

23 February 2011 at 11:47 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

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  1. I have Office 2011 only because it is available to me for free and because it is a convenience to use it as a “reader” for other people’s documents. Word looks like the cockpit of the space shuttle, PowerPoint gives you results reminiscent of build-your-own greeting card software circa 1998. It all makes me shudder.

    When I need to create a business contract or some presentation slides, I go for Apple’s Pages and Keynote programs. I’ve messed with Numbers, too, but haven’t had the need to buy it yet. These applications are easy, give attractive results, are instantly downloadable and only cost $20 each. /commercial_pitch

    scott

    23 February 2011 at 12:33 pm

  2. Hey, thanks, Scott. I know bupkis about software for the Mac, but I knew the programs I got were not enough. I’ll definitely look at those you mention. Do you know if they can read files in the MS Office formats? That’s important, given the backlog I have (and the fact that my teacher uses PowerPoint and it’s definitely helpful to read those files on my home computer).

    LeisureGuy

    23 February 2011 at 12:39 pm

  3. They can import and export Microsoft Office formats, yes. It’s imperfect, I hear, sometimes goofing up on sophisticated Word layouts, etc. But many people find it adequate. I probably would go that route if I didn’t get MS Office through my workplace.

    I use Keynote for presentation slides because in the world of presentations, appearance matters. And nothing is slicker and more tasteful than Keynote. Yes, it opens Powerpoint, but even if it didn’t i’d still use it when creating my own presentations.

    scott

    23 February 2011 at 12:46 pm

  4. Terrific. I’ll give OpenOffice an audition, and if I run into problems, I’ll get the Apple equivalents—and perhaps get them anyway.

    LeisureGuy

    23 February 2011 at 12:52 pm

  5. I just downloaded OpenOffice to my work computer (Windows) and like it so far. My computer was recently replaced and the new one had Office 2010 on it. Trying to deal with the “ribbon” was driving me nuts. I’m not a power user and had been quite happy with the old Microsoft user interface.

    Bill Logan

    23 February 2011 at 6:34 pm


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