Linked by lemur2 on Fri 12th Feb 2010 17:27 UTC
Features, Office OpenOffice 3.2 has been released featuring faster load times and a host of new features. The OpenOffice team have made version 3.2 of the open source office suite for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Solaris available to download. It offers numerous enhancements over its predecessor which offer both stability and speed benefits.
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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by NathanHill on Sun 14th Feb 2010 02:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
NathanHill
Member since:
2006-10-06

Add another voice that says OpenOffice is a mess.

I tried to abandon Microsoft Office 2004 on the Mac, and I have for the most part... but not to OpenOffice. I use Mellel and Pages for my major word processing/basic layout needs.

Ideally, the open source world would wake up to the reality of Bean, probably the greatest open source word processing app ever made. It's awesome. I use it a lot. Fast, growing feature set, beautifully designed, small, focused. It is not robust enough to do a massive term paper, but it is making steady progress.

I've always thought Open Office might instantly improve if they just split 'em up.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Seth Quarrier on Sun 14th Feb 2010 04:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Seth Quarrier Member since:
2005-11-13

As for Bean, I had never heard of it, but a quick google, says that it is not cross platform and fairly limited, which puts it in a different market than Office and OO.o.

I am sure that for macro writing business users there are compelling reasons to stay with Office (if only momentum), but it wasn't too long ago that most home users I know had a copy of Office on their home PC, and I seriously doubt that an Office license would be worth while for many of them with OO.o as an alternative today.

Also, for me anyway, I don't find that OO.o really competes with LaTeX for my use, they both do different things well and complement each other, much as one does not think of typewriters and printing presses competing.

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