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Apache OpenOffice for Mac

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OpenOffice.org is the free alternative to Microsoft Office. Even on a Mac, Open Office.org mostly feels and looks like a Windows application, but Mac users should have no trouble getting up and running with this multifeatured app.

With Open Office, you can create the same types of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations available in Microsoft Office and even save them with the MS Office extensions such as .doc or .ppt. OpenOffice.org also has its own file extensions, which can't be opened with their Microsoft Office counterparts, so you'll need to make sure you remember to save with the appropriate extension so MS Office users can read them. This is made much easier with the Preferences Panel, which lets you select the default file type for documents you create.

During our testing, the application performed very well; it handles MS Office documents with the same ease as its own native documents. And you don't need to be an advanced Office user to find all the features you used in Microsoft's suite. All the basic editing tools are available at a glance, so you can start using the application from the first launch.

Overall, OpenOffice.org is a very useful and powerful app for document editing and reading. We recommend this free app for any-level user who wants a less expensive way to create files and share them with OpenOffice.org or Microsoft Office users.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "May be too geeky for a novice like me."

    January 3, 2014  |   By Fred442

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0

    Pros

    Looks very user friendly and easy to create a file with Text program.
    Imported a photo easily.

    Cons

    Will not install on Mac OS 10.9.1
    Can't open Pages 3.0 files on Mac OS 10.5.8 even though I tried a file converter. The converter would not recognize my file.
    It is no use to me if I can't use Mac Iworks or MS Office files.
    Apache documentation is no help for my problems.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "iMac desk top icon needed"

    October 29, 2013  |   By domoslay

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0

    Pros

    Has everything I need

    Cons

    Cannot make an icon for my iMac desktop. Also, having trouble converting to or accepting Word documents

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  • 4.0 stars

    "More flexible than Libre office"

    August 31, 2013  |   By burntheadbob

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0

    Pros

    Allows saving under multiple formats on the Mac

    Cons

    no major negatives.

    Summary

    when I switched to the Mac from windows I had planned on using Apples own spreadsheet and wordprocessing apps. Being a Libre Office user I thought that I could merely save the spreadsheet as a word document on the Mac but alas, there was no option. A friend suggested Open Office and said that it would allow the saving into multiple formats. Thanks to Open Office I didn't need to export the files to a windows PC and save as Excel format and then send back to the Mac.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Product and it's free!"

    March 9, 2013  |   By Lou Codella

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1

    Pros

    Works as well as Microsoft Office without the price.

    Cons

    I haven't found any yet.

    Summary

    If you need office software, save your money and get Open Office. Use the money that you save and buy a better computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Would be great product if it cost - free - no brainer!"

    January 15, 2013  |   By mikisdad

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1

    Pros

    Clean and intuitive interface. Can accomplish all everyday tasks without problems. Not bloated and .... it works! I had no problems on either Win 7 Ultimate on an HP Pavilion or on Mac OSX

    Cons

    I couldn't see any.

    Summary

    Highly recommended as a general purpose home /school / office application - rarely would the average user need anything more. Great value and worthy of support.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Latest version crashes"

    September 3, 2012  |   By ochssk

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1

    Pros

    Version 3.3 worked great.

    Cons

    Crashes every few minutes on a dual core AMD64 machine running windows 7 home premium 32 bit.

    Summary

    Wait for a better version

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does everything I need and then some"

    August 19, 2012  |   By adpaxton

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 3.4

    Pros

    I am using Open Office instead of Microsoft Office. I was fed up with most bloated Microsoft products. Open Office seems to be more flexible and intuitive than MS Office. I am extremely pleased with this software. Great to be able to open and save documents in so many formats.

    Cons

    I liked the drag and drop option in MS Office for inserting pictures. Placing pictures in an OO app is more long winded. I've had trouble opening (particularly re-opening) some documents by clicking on the document icon. Opens fine from file/open but is slow or seems to get stuck if opened from the document icon.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just great for normal everyday use or professionals"

    July 27, 2012  |   By WannaBteacher

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 3.4

    Pros

    I've used OpenOffice when I was in college to help get my papers/essays done at least those that were lengthy or complicated. I loved all the features that matched Microsoft. The programs that ran on my university computers mostly used Microsoft office and dream weaver. Since I couldn't afford to buy MS Office, I was very happy to have found OpenOffice. I was very much a nuby with this kind of word program, and I never did quite get the hang of everything. However, it didn't crash or stall as often as some of the others that I was using at the time also.

    Cons

    Getting the tool bar buttons out and used is quite complicated. They don't seem to be that clear as to what they represent. It's very slow opening at least on my G4 iBook.

    Summary

    This is a very powerful word program. Although it's good for everyday use, I think it's more for professional people/office workers. It's packed with everything under the sun just about. It takes a very long time to learn how to navigate around w/this application. It was helpful and very useful for me while I was in college as I often times had to write lengthy papers as an education major. I had many drafts and rewrites. As a grad student, part of my education was to be able to use and navigate around the internet and use the computer in an efficient manner. I'm glad that OpenOffice allowed me to "practice" using things that I don't normally use everyday like inserting links or anchors, placing frames or place holders,using tables etc. For an application that rivals MS Word and it's free, I say, it's well worth getting to know how and how to use this application.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent software for free!"

    July 27, 2012  |   By Jermanderek

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 3.4

    Pros

    OOo does everything for me that MS Office did.
    The price is right.
    Each support forum provides me with more help than I ever got from MS (bought first product in 1985).
    Highly recommended.

    Cons

    Nothing for me!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "SUPER For MAC"

    July 20, 2012  |   By cornchild

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 3.4b

    Pros

    Having been a mac user since 1985 i never had need or use for ms software till a site had a download in excell. This program downloaded and was running on my mac in moments. The document I need to read opened with no problems.Best of all it is Open Source shareware

    Cons

    None encountered yet

    Summary

    My thanks to the developers and contributors

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