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100% compatible
by dimosd on Mon 13th Oct 2008 14:32 UTC
dimosd
Member since:
2006-02-10

I'd like to use OpenOffice. Unfortunately, documents I get look different in Office and OpenOffice. I suppose documents I write in OpenOffice will look different if opened with Office.

I'm not in the mood for gambling with my grades :-)

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RE: 100% compatible
by dagw on Mon 13th Oct 2008 15:19 in reply to "100% compatible"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Unfortunately, documents I get look different in Office and OpenOffice. I suppose documents I write in OpenOffice will look different if opened with Office.

That's what pdf export is for. Unless you are working on something collaborativly, there is no real reason to send office files. Export to pdf and you can be sure everything looks they way you want it.

Of course if several people are collaborating on the same document then it's important that they're all using the same version of the same software, but this is true no matter what program you are talking about.

I'm not in the mood for gambling with my grades :-)

If it's a course about learning to use MS Office then of course you should be using MS Office. If it's a course where the layout of your final piece of work is critical to your grade, you should be using proper layout software. Other than that I can't think why OpenOffice should affect your grade.

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RE[2]: 100% compatible
by dimosd on Mon 13th Oct 2008 15:47 in reply to "RE: 100% compatible"
dimosd Member since:
2006-02-10

"I'm not in the mood for gambling with my grades :-)

If it's a course about learning to use MS Office then of course you should be using MS Office. If it's a course where the layout of your final piece of work is critical to your grade, you should be using proper layout software. Other than that I can't think why OpenOffice should affect your grade.
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"Send me an (editable) file that looks right when opened with Office 2003" is the only real requirement...

Usability glitches or startup times are secondary to me. As I said, 100% compatibility is the only *must have* for OpenOffice.

It's an MS world, gotta live with it somehow.

Edited 2008-10-13 15:54 UTC

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RE[2]: 100% compatible
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 14th Oct 2008 21:02 in reply to "RE: 100% compatible"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

yes, if layout is important (especially math intensive papers) do yourself and favor and take the opportunity to learn LaTeX.

After switching from MS Office to LaTeX for my Mathematics work, my productivity increased 10 fold.

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RE: 100% compatible
by lemur2 on Mon 13th Oct 2008 22:30 in reply to "100% compatible"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I'd like to use OpenOffice. Unfortunately, documents I get look different in Office and OpenOffice. I suppose documents I write in OpenOffice will look different if opened with Office. I'm not in the mood for gambling with my grades :-)


Since OpenOffice is the more compatible of the two (in that it will open .docx files whereas Office 2007 will not open .odt files, etc), and since OpenOffice will produce PDF files which look the same when viewed on any computer (indeed, that very function is the entire purpose of "Portable Document Format" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format ) ... then by your own stated policy you should of course use OpenOffice and not office 2007.

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