Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 5th Aug 2008 20:22 UTC, submitted by rlem6983
Features, Office OpenOffice.org 2.4.0 is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft's Office application suite. It is fantastic if you need basic office applications such as a word processor or spreadsheet at no cost. However, large organisations and power users may be disappointed by its lack of features and support. Read the full review here.
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Consistency accross word processors
by Liquidator on Tue 5th Aug 2008 21:19 UTC
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I tried OpenOffice.org and used it for some time until I had repeated disappointments of document layout inconsistencie. I would write quotes and documents for customers and suppliers, who usually don't accept PDF, in the .doc or .rtf file formats, in OpenOffice.org, and when they opened the file in MS Word, the text and organization of tables were different, and unprofessional. So, now I am using a rather old version of MS Office (2003) and I'm fine. I'll keep looking at the progress of OpenOffice.org, hopefully 3.0 will have better consistency. One minor problem also is the rather unaesthetic GUI, with old-fashioned icons, compared to commercial office suites. Last, but not least, the need to install a plugin to have tabs in OpenOffice.org is sad, it should come standard, like in web browsers. Granted that there is not even a plugin for tabs in other office suites.

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