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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ggeldenhuys
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2006-11-13

I would write quotes and documents for customers and suppliers, who usually don't accept PDF, in the .doc or .rtf file formats,


You send quotes in a writeable document format to your clients!!! Uh. Also who in their right minds don't have a PDF viewer installed - it's like the de facto standard document format. PDF is praised for it's ability to look consistent on any platform or OS version.

Plus, just because the text or layout might be off a little when you save a document as Word format from OpenOffice is not a bad thing. MS Office can't even save as a OpenOffice format at all, or even read it for that matter!

10 points to OpenOffice for even trying to support other proprietary formats!

I have used OpenOffice for years in our company. I open advanced Excel spreadsheets with macros and Word documents without problems. OpenOffice fulfils all my needs. Plus support on the web is great! If I don't know how to do something, a quick Google search always resolves the problem.

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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

You're lucky. Not all my customers and business partners can read PDF or ODT. Some can only read DOC and RTF. There are even customers that you either have to hand in the docs or send by fax / regular mail. Not all business partners have top-notch computers, there are cases where the company is so family-oriented and old that they don't have a single computer. This is the truth.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Handing in the printed docs or sending a fax is preferable to sending a .doc or .rtf. If you send them an easily edited document you might as well send them a proposal with blank numbers and let them chose what price they want to pay.
That's a bit exaggerated but I think that's what the OP as alluding to.

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zombie process Member since:
2005-07-08

Not as uncommon as you'd hope. Worse, half of the quotes we get from vendors seem to be in .xls format with *heavy* usage of macros. Even ILECs send us stuff in .xls or .doc format. The lack of clue in this world, even this technical world, is constantly astounding.

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