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ODF is the next pdf
by TechGeek on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 03:09 UTC
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2006-01-14

Considering that many email servers strip doc files from email due to viruses, sending them out is a really bad idea. Not to mention MS's bad habit of changing the format with each version of Office. Docs just need to be gone. pdf's are so much better and the new odf is going to become standard even on windows i think. Kind of like mp3 is standard, even though better codecs have come out.

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RE: ODF is the next pdf
by tomcat on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 04:39 in reply to "ODF is the next pdf"
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2006-01-06

I dunno. It depends entirely upon "reach"; that is, the degree to which applications target the format. The really nice thing about PDF is that it was intended to be used as a fixed-page document format -- and it did it pretty well. But you have to create these documents somehow. Most users are familiar with MS Office, not OO. But will MS Office support ODF in-the-box? I doubt it. You'll probably have to download some plug-in in order to export to ODF. Which means that the vast majority of users aren't going to use ODF. They'll probably use MS's OpenXML, instead, which calls into question whether ODF will be the next PDF.

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RE[2]: ODF is the next pdf
by Finalzone on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 06:07 in reply to "RE: ODF is the next pdf"
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2005-07-06

Most users are familiar with MS Office, not OO. But will MS Office support ODF in-the-box? I doubt it.

Familiarity is not an issue because OpenOffice interface looks very similar to MS Office 2000. Users who know the basic functionality can use OpenOffice without difficulty. Beside, OpenOffice is not the only Word Processor to support ODF:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument_software_comparison

You'll probably have to download some plug-in in order to export to ODF. Which means that the vast majority of users aren't going to use ODF. They'll probably use MS's OpenXML, instead, which calls into question whether ODF will be the next PDF.

Last month, Microsoft have announced they support ODF
http://kairosnews.org/microsoft-allows-open-document-format-for-sof...

If their Office product won't support that format, they are risking themselves of losing moneys and end up to look like a total fool of themselves by not respecting customers' requests.

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RE[2]: ODF is the next pdf
by hal2k1 on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 11:48 in reply to "RE: ODF is the next pdf"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//It depends entirely upon "reach"; that is, the degree to which applications target the format. The really nice thing about PDF is that it was intended to be used as a fixed-page document format -- and it did it pretty well. But you have to create these documents somehow. Most users are familiar with MS Office, not OO. But will MS Office support ODF in-the-box? I doubt it. You'll probably have to download some plug-in in order to export to ODF. Which means that the vast majority of users aren't going to use ODF. //

For PDF capability on Windows, use this:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

For ODF capability on Windows, use this:
http://www.openoffice.org/

... or if you don't have a lot of bandwidth, use this:
http://www.abisource.com/

It is all free.

Applications already target both PDF and ODF. They are both cross-platform unencumbered standards.

//They'll probably use MS's OpenXML, instead//

Doesn't exist. Vapourware.

If you really MUST use MS Office for whatever inane reason, PDF creator is OK and then use either this:
http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS5139606687.html

or, God forbid, this:
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;1131017534;fp;16;fpid;0

if you really must and are desperate. The only problem is, the last two, just like Office 12, are vapourware.

Edited 2006-08-22 11:56

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