Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 2002 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    6,826,468
  • Date Added:
    September 25, 2014
  • File Size:
    134.33MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,404
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

Editors' Review

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OpenOffice has come a long way after racing to improve its compatibility with Microsoft Office. If you're looking for Microsoft-caliber applications for free, OpenOffice has alternatives to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and more.

Pros

Free: The most significant feature of OpenOffice is that it's free -- no subscription fee, no lump sum, no upsell to a pro version. If your business needs don't include complex word-processing or database-management features, then OpenOffice is a bargain.

Compatibility: OpenOffice supports the same file formats as rival programs like Word and Excel. Those coming from Microsoft will be pleased to hear that Office files work in OpenOffice, too.

Function: For most basic uses, OpenOffice holds its own. Math allows you to create basic charts and cell-dependent calculations just like Excel, and most useful features from Microsoft Word also appear in Writer, including spell checkers and most text-formatting options.

Cons

Not for heavy Excel users: Expert spreadsheet manipulators will find it hard to live without compatibility with Visual Basic for Applications, especially if your macro functions depend on Microsoft's environment.

Poor presentations: If you create the most basic of presentations, Impress will suffice. But PowerPoint holds a large lead when it comes to variety in designs, templates, transitions, and collaborative features. Though OpenOffice can open PowerPoint files, don't expect the transitional effects to import.

Bottom Line

Apache OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office: The question isn't which suite has better features (that's Microsoft's), but rather whether the open-source suite has enough features for your work. Microsoft offers affordable pricing for Office 365, a subscription model that puts Office on just about every device you can imagine. But if you're looking to save a few bucks and don't need all the fancy support of Office, then OpenOffice's core offerings will get the job done.

 
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4 stars

"Great MS Office alternative"

October 14, 2014  |  By WallyBenny

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

Pros

- Very good compatibility with MS Office
- Fast
- Stable

Cons

- Although very good compatibility, I still have problems with some Word docs.

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2 stars

"WARNING: contains browser hijacker, Rocket find"

July 15, 2014  |  By Seeker-451

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0

Pros

Would like to be able to find the positive, but it has put up a flurry of pop-ups preventing any analysis.

Cons

Hijacks your browser. Rocket Browser! (Yeah, heh heh heh!) Forces Rocket Find (Some actually list this as a virus) . Use web search to find how to uninstall Rocket Find. The Rocket Find may simply be a "feature" added by CNET. (thanks guys!)

Summary

FUN FUN FUN. Made me some money completely removing all the browser hijacker and spyware files for PC clients. Apache OpenOffice is great for business ;)

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5 stars

"ok ok ok ok ok"

May 28, 2014  |  By Spirited!

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0

Pros

ok ok ok ok ok

Cons

..........

Summary

.............

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2 stars

"It's okay. Not too sure of it's future!"

May 28, 2014  |  By pickycustomer

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0

Pros

Not enough for me.

Cons

See summary below.

Summary

At one time I relied on Apache OpenOffice (AOO). Not anymore. AOO has stability issues, it was continually crashing. I tried Kingsoft Office Free (KSOF)wasn't sure about it either. It's from China. I wasn't convinced there was "not" spyware included. I tried LibreOffice (LO)and have stuck with it. LO can use the "code" from AOO but the reverse cannot be done. LibreOffice has yet to crash on me while AOO was constantly crashing. One good thing I can say about AOO is that it uses less HDD space than LO.
But, again LO is much more stable. Both AOO and LO needs Java Runtime Environment to be fully functional. The Document Foundation (the people who releases/creates LibreOffice) are working out the Java dependency. The average user will not see the need for JRE. However "power users" will need JRE. Personally I don't since I'm an average user and not a power user.

I wish I could recommend Apache OpenOffice, but I can't. The stability issue and the knowledge that AOO is lacking in its development base (most of the top tier went to LibreOffice) I
don't have much faith in Apache OpenOffice. No, I'm not a fanboy.
I'm just a user who wants a quality product, even if it's free.

Updated on Jun 28, 2014

Please don't get me wrong Apache OpenOffice is a good alternative to Microsoft Office. For those who rely on AOO I hope Apache gives the developmental stability OpenOffice deserves. I just got tired of living with multiple crashes while using AOO. I did a lot of research before deciding to switch to LibreOffice. The result of my research showed most experts gave the edge to LibreOffice. If anyone who uses AOO without issues, more power to you. To each their own. And mine is LibreOffice.

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5 stars

"I love opensource software"

May 25, 2014  |  By viniciusarl

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0

Pros

Their philosophy is so beautiful, hahaha.

The program is very good btw, many users will be satisfied with it.

Cons

Office 2003 interface. Oh if they improve it ;)

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3 stars

"It's fairly OK"

May 10, 2014  |  By ooprobs

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

Pros

It's free and works most of the time with little, non-demanding projects.

Cons

It doesn't work all of the time. Crashes frequently. (Switched to LibreOffice and seems to work a little better. Both have the same base code--very similar.)
Problems with copy/paste (doesn't copy all that was highlighted).
Problems when two windows of the same document are open (causes the program to crash).
Problems when more than two documents are open (causes the program to crash).
Problems when attempting to work on big projects (causes the program to crash).
Probs with Base connecting to database (won't connect ODBC or JDBC, won't recognize the jar file).
Problems with password protecting files (will make password protected files into read-only files and make it impossible to edit them--the file does not appear as read-only in file explorer; but only appears as read-only in OpenOffice).
Probs when reporting a bug (a ticket opens and a reply is given. The email of whoever replied is invalid. Messages sent to it are undelivered. Issue unresolved).
Lots of bugs I hope they can fix.

Summary

Though supposedly compatible with Word, it does not display a .doc/.docx file the way the file is displayed in Word, especially if the file contains pictures (it moves them around on the page).

However, even with all the problems it has, I prefer it to MSOffice. It's ridiculous to charge so much. If they were smart, they'd lower the price and welcome more customers instead of encouraging people to walk away to other platforms.

Glad it was picked up by Apache and upgrades are being released more frequently.

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4 stars

"Its a basic WP based on the old Windows Word 2003"

May 01, 2014  |  By Terry Gay

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

Pros

It works, it has basic text functions like find and replace.

Cons

I cannot get the spell check to work.

Summary

This alternative to MS Office works and it's better than Libre Office. Perhaps they should begin upgrading it to look and perform like Word 2007 that is being given away free, albeit with a lot of software you don't want and can't get rid of without disabling the word processor. Open Office is not like the advanced versions of Word, but it's free and easy to use. Have you looked at the price of MS Office lately? Geez Louise!

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5 stars

"Like it better than new MS Office"

March 22, 2014  |  By marycc55

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

Pros

It's free. It works like old MS Office. The ribbon takes getting used to. Watch when you download it. You don't have to install Conduit and other features. I also hate it when "free" software hijacks my browser and forces new programs, like a coupon club down my throat.

Cons

The only con is that it doesn't have Publisher. Fortunately, I have an old version of Microsoft Small Business Office and was able to download Publisher from it.

Summary

I would recommend it to friends and family. Microsoft should just lower the price on its software. It is ridiculously over priced given the number of Office Productivity alternatives. I considered the Office 365 option. But why give Microsoft more money. Use this and I think you'll be satisfied.

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1 stars

"Not so great ! ! ! ! !"

March 08, 2014  |  By patc135

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

Pros

It's Free. That's the only thing that Apache's version of Open Office has going for it. The ORIGINAL Open Office (before Apache took it over) was MUCH BETTER. I would really like to re-install the original version. Is that possible???

Cons

Is not able to copy/cut & paste properly. It always causes some kind of problem especially when attempting to cut & paste photos.

Summary

Very unhappy with APACHE Open Office

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4 stars

"Excellent software"

February 10, 2014  |  By camry

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

Pros

Simple to use with very familiar toolbar

Cons

There are no cons for this great software.

Summary

Thank you for making this software available at no charge. I really appreciate it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.1
Version 4.1.1 is a micro release intended to fix critical issues.
General
Publisher The Apache Software Foundation
Publisher web site http://www.openoffice.org/
Release Date September 25, 2014
Date Added September 25, 2014
Version 4.1.1
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 134.33MB
File Name Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Win_x86_install_en-US.exe
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Total Downloads 6,826,468
Downloads Last Week 8,404
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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