Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 2005 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    6,910,394
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 25, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    134.33MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,414
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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  • Current Version

    2.6

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    4.3

    out of 2005 votes

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    • 4 star 567
    • 3 star 111
    • 2 star 44
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2 stars

"Was great, now it's useless half the time."

December 16, 2014  |  By spiritedaway96

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

Pros

In the beginning it had tons of pros, now it has practically none.

Cons

Crashes, loses important documents occasionally, won't open some files than decides to open them hours later.

Summary

I downloaded this application about a year ago, only using it occasionally, and it worked great. There were no crashes, I was able to save files and open files just fine. However, at the time I was maybe using it once or twice a week. Now, at my new school, I use this application everyday needing to save and open downloaded files three to five times a day. It worked great my first month of school (late August to early September), but then it started freezing and crashing while I'm in the middle of important assignments, sometimes when I reopened the application after the crash it either didn't save my file or gave me a pop-up saying my file couldn't be retrieved and I'd have to do assignments all over, when I go to open a document I know saved and clearly says in my computers documents that it is saved it says the document no longer exists, and when I download and open assignments it either won't open or says there's an error with the file. When the assignment doesn't open (even though I've tried every few minutes to open it) it finally opens hours later. I would not recommend this application to anyone I know who needs to use a word document consistently. I'm planning on deleting this application and going with another word document application.

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5 stars

"For me, it is very suitable"

December 07, 2014  |  By intendvbu

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

Pros

Well, this is an exceptionally good program. Fast, stable and accurate

Cons

No disappointments

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1 stars

"Good not great!"

November 08, 2014  |  By pickycustomer

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

Pros

None anymore. See summary.

Cons

Apache has started a smear campaign against LibreOffice.

Summary

I have previously submitted a review of AOO but things have changed.

I have noticed that Apache has started a smear campaign against LibreOffice. Apparently Apache has seen large numbers of their loyal user base leave for LibreOffice due to the fact that LO can do more and is more stable. They, Apache, have been stating the number of people using LO is inflated and have skewed the data to prove they are correct. If Apache wanted to prove that AOO is better they should base the facts on how much better AOO is over LO. Happily these tactics never work. In stead what Apache should do is to improve their product and not attack the competition with unproven allegations and/or numbers.. I wish Apache better luck on proving they are better when virtually every "expert" reviewer has written about how much better LibreOffice is than Apache OpenOffice. The truth is in the software and not based on a smear campaign.

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1 stars

"OpenOffice 4.1.1 fails to install"

November 02, 2014  |  By numbersguylanc

 |  Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

Pros

I love OO but cannot get this one to install. Big bug!

Cons

You may get an error message that says you do not have sufficient rights to install software even if you have admin rights in windows. It will tell give you this file location C:\program files\openoffice4\share\registry\res It will rollback the install BUT you will no longer have OpenOffice...so be sure you really want to install this update. I'm now searching the Internet for the older version.

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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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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 Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 134.33MB
File Name Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Win_x86_install_en-US.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,910,394
Downloads Last Week 8,414
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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