Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 5th Aug 2008 20:22 UTC, submitted by rlem6983
Features, Office 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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Peter Besenbruch
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I tried 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, and when they opened the file in MS Word, the text and organization of tables were different, and unprofessional.

I must be the only person in the known universe that hasn't used Word. I switched to OpenOffice directly from Word Perfect back in 2003. Word Perfect 10 was a far more sophisticated word processor than OpenOffice pre version 1 was in those days.

In addition, it took a while to find any kind of file conversion utility. Until I did, I had to load a file in Word Perfect, save it (rather imperfectly) in Word format, and import it into OpenOffice.

I'll keep looking at the progress of, hopefully 3.0 will have better consistency.

I'm sure OpenOffice 3 will sport a number of improvements. Until then, one trick I use when saving to DOC, is to exit the program after saving, restart it, and load the DOC file. If it looks like the original ODT file, the recipients will likely find that it looks fine, too.

One minor problem also is the rather unaesthetic GUI, with old-fashioned icons, compared to commercial office suites.

Not a problem here. OpenOffice uses the same icons as the rest of my desktop environment (KDE). It also uses KDE's file dialogs.

Last, but not least, the need to install a plugin to have tabs in is sad, it should come standard, like in web browsers. Granted that there is not even a plugin for tabs in other office suites.

Can you provide a link to the plug-in? It sounds interesting.

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