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    Open Office

    Not really an problem, more advice sought really.

    I've got a Java update waiting to install on my PC and it's also offering me Open Office...Is it worth having or is it more of the same so to speak?

    This is their blurb...

    OpenOffice.org is a complete Microsoft Office compatible office suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.


    OpenOffice.org is full-featured, available in many languages and works on all major operating systems. It can read, edit and save to Microsoft Office file formats. OpenOffice.org can also store all of your data in the non-proprietary Open Document Format, has a built-in, one-click Acrobat PDF export and support for Flash. The familiar user interface is easy to learn and use, especially for Microsoft Office users. Try it today!
    OpenOffice interface


    Is it any better than what I have with Windows XP?
    The Outdoor Traditionalist (a largely bushcraft blog). Have a look at this how to page for things to try.
    http://austinlill.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Yes and no.

    Yes, it'll do most (if not all things) you actually need your word processor, spreadsheet etc to do.
    No, it's slower and doesn't have all the features of Word.

    BUT, it's free. It can read and write Microsoft proprietary formats and can write to PDF too.

    Try it.

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    OpenOffice uses less resources and is not bad
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    it is excellent.

    but NB. if using on networked PCs. we have found that it can allow you to open a document on 2 different PCs and edit it... but only save one set of changes. no read only status

    this might have changed

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    the one problem is that it is a little different from Microsoft Office...like the database bit you can't use...its too confusing!

    If you have Word etc then probably not really worth it, if you haven't then go for it! good word processor / spreadsheet designer / powerpoint editor (which btw, if you open one of those pps files you can edit with OO!!!!)

    HTH

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    You could with PowerPoint as well, that is if I am remembering the file extension correctly.

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    nope...pps is a powerpoint show so it is 'published'

    ppt is powerpoint as it normally is!

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    That is it. PPT default action is set so that your able to open it and edit, change stuff etc. PPS is set to run the show. In the context menu your able to edit it.

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    If you're looking at OpenOffice, have a look at the [URL="http://pack.google.com/intl/en-gb/pack_installer.html?hl=en-gb&gl=uk"]Google Pack[/URL] - This gives you StarOffice for FREE, which is the commercial version of OpenOffice sold by [URL="http://www.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/index.jsp"]Sun Microsystems[/URL] - It's got a few extra features that cannot be included in OpenOffice because licencing issues.

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    Star Office/Open Office is great - It can however be a bit annoying if you are used to the Microsoft Office way of doing something - it isn't always the same.

    (I am slightly biased, given my job)

    "Star Office is great and you should all go and pay for the full commercial version."

    Can I have my bonus now please ;)

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    [QUOTE=jelly;50670]Star Office/Open Office is great - It can however be a bit annoying if you are used to the Microsoft Office way of doing something - it isn't always the same.

    (I am slightly biased, given my job)

    "Star Office is great and you should all go and pay for the full commercial version."

    Can I have my bonus now please ;)[/QUOTE]

    what do you do for a job. Is star office still free? ie: could i use it on 5 computers at our district it suite without having to buy licenses

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    It appears that Star Office is free with the google toolbar.

    I don't know what the licence restrictions are for using it on multiple systems.

    Although the newer sun models are to give the software away for free but charge for support. So we will only fix security bugs unless you pay for a software support contract.

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