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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I would write quotes and documents for customers and suppliers, who usually don't accept PDF...

You clients wouldn't accept PDF? Sure there might be some formatting issues between MS-Office and, but who has ever heard of an organisation which doesn't install a PDF reader as standard on all their desktops?

PDF is pretty much the most widespread document format on the web (if you don't count HTML). Methinks I smell a troll.

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panzi Member since:

Nature (or was it Science? always confuse the both) only accepts MS Word documents!!!

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JoeBuck Member since:

No matter. OpenOffice can write Microsoft Word format. While there are some cases where the conversion isn't perfect, it will be more than good enough for the purpose of submitting a manuscript that will be subject to further editing.

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lemur2 Member since:

Nature (or was it Science? always confuse the both) only accepts MS Word documents!!!

Ahem, it is actually the other way around, I'm afraid.
"Because of changes Microsoft has made in its recent Word release that are incompatible with our internal workflow, which was built around previous versions of the software, Science cannot at present accept any files in the new .docx format produced through Microsoft Word 2007, either for initial submission or for revision. Users of this release of Word should convert these files to a format compatible with Word 2003 or Word for Macintosh 2004 (or, for initial submission, to a PDF file) before submitting to Science."

More here:

Science doesn't accept Word 2007 documents. Nature magazine as well, same issue.

BTW: some governments' national standard document format is a format that MS Word can't produce:

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Liquidator Member since:

Strange but true...A fair amount of our customers would only say they couldn't open the attachment. They didn't say they don't have PDF, but they say the computer asks what application to use to open the attachment (I concluded they don't have Acrobat Reader). I have visited customers whose computer are *really* old with CRT monitors and Windows 98. This is no invention.

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systyrant Member since:

PDF is a standard (PDF/A). While I won't fault a company for not wishing to use Acrobat Reader I will fault them for not at least installing some kind of PDF reader. It's not like theres nothing out there.

My personal opinion is that unless a document needs to be modified by the recipient it should be sent in a PDF form. Simplifies the process quite nicely in most cases I think.

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