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Features, Office "'Siag, it sucks less!' This is the slogan for Siag Office. This and the self-effacing name for the Siag Office Word Processor, Pathetic Writer, might leave you thinking that this office suite is a mere plaything, a university student's cobbled-together programming assignment. But don't be fooled by first impressions. Siag Office is a lightweight suite of applications which might be just the right set of office tools for you, especially if you have older hardware."
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What a mess
by sb56637 on Wed 11th Jul 2007 12:34 UTC
sb56637
Member since:
2006-05-11

>>This and the self-effacing name for the Siag Office Word Processor, Pathetic Writer, might leave you thinking that this office suite is a mere plaything, a university student's cobbled-together programming assignment.


Yes, and frankly, I still think that. Sorry, but MS Office 6.x runs circles around this. (Yes, I have used Siag Office and most versions of MS Office.)

I think the currently available free office suites for Linux are a train wreck. OpenOffice is powerful, reasonably compatible with MS Office, somewhat stable, but dreadfully, unusably slow on all but the newest hardware. Gnome Office is unstable, quirky, lacking some important features, has poor MS Office compatibility, and is slow on some operations. And Siag Office? No MS Office compatibility? I have to program for myself the most common missing features? Sorry, but no.

If they make KOffice 2 run without KDE dependancies and if they improve the MS Office compatibility, it might be an option. I sure hope it can be, because MS Office and Windows cost too much. :-)

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RE: What a mess
by MamiyaOtaru on Wed 11th Jul 2007 13:09 in reply to "What a mess"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

If they make KOffice 2 run without KDE dependancies

That would be brilliant! Then they could reimplement all the stuff they get from using KDE libraries. (since this is the internet, I'd better make it clear that was sarcasm) A kdelibs dependency isn't as bad as a KDE dependency.

OOo had the bright idea of using their own toolkit (GSL/VCL/etc) and such. Is creating, maintaining and extending a toolkit really something people need to do when they could be creating an office suite? You might say Koffice could keep the Qt dependency and drop the kdelibs dependency, but they don't have it for no reason. KDE has a lot of convenience classes, tweaks etc over Qt, and installing kdelibs (or having a copy of it shipped with koffice on Windows say) isn't too high a price IMHO.

As you say though, Koffice really need some help with Office compatibility though (that right there is the answer if anyone ever wonders why MS didn't consider using ODF). Kspread could use some help loading large files: from 1.4 to 1.5 loading time seemed to quintuple at least. Kchart has some retarded years old bugs dealing with creating pie charts.

I keep hoping it will get some love as an alternative lightweight office suite, but it isn't forthcoming. If it does get some attention, I wonder if it will turn out like khtml. Khtml was a light html engine, but the love it got was a company forking it and then a bunch of people clamoring to replace khtml with the fork ;)

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RE[2]: What a mess
by siride on Wed 11th Jul 2007 21:02 in reply to "RE: What a mess"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Some people apparently only have 50 megabytes of harddisk space and simply cannot afford to have KDE libraries installed. As such, they are stuck with OpenOffice or GNOME Office. Poor them.

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