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OpenOffice.org (Windows)

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A credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes.

The interface is similar to that of MS Office, and even advanced Office users will find almost everything they're used to: templates, collaborative features (versions, recording changes), macros, and even a programming language. OOo, as it's known, lets you open and save documents in formats as diverse as MS Office formats, PDF, HTML, and XML. It can also import files from those formats, as well as WordPerfect and others. However, it normally saves files in the open-standard Oasis OpenDocument XML format, for maximum compatibility with other applications.

The latest versions of OpenOffice have seen a spurt of growth in the extensions available for the program. These include templates for professional writers, an export tool for bidirectional functionality with Google Docs, blog publishing, and others. Blog publishing assistance especially strikes us as a natural area for word processing to grow toward.

We were pleased to find that stability has improved too. No doubt about it, the multilingual and crossplatform OpenOffice.org is a compelling option for anyone in search of an alternative office suite.

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    4.3 stars

    out of 1,995 votes

    • 5 star: 1151
    • 4 star: 565
    • 3 star: 110
    • 2 star: 41
    • 1 star: 128
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 151 votes

    • 5 star: 65
    • 4 star: 57
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 4.0 stars

    "why use MS Office???"

    April 5, 2010  |   By ormary11

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    Free substitute for MS Office

    Cons

    Download is not exactly smooth, but worth the patience needed. MS OS requires an extra step to convert for read or send compatibility. Use "open with"

    Summary

    Don't send money when this product is free, tested and works.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "couldn't find download on my computer!!!"

    August 7, 2009  |   By kcand3

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    Eager to try, STILL.

    Cons

    I downloaded this product,clicked the run command. When I came to find the Office.org suite, it was no where to be seen on my computer.

    Summary

    This product looks great and I'm still eager to try it,but the downloading instructions are nowhere to be seen. Do I need to save file first before I run? and where has my file download gone. I would love to give this a 5 star rating, but I've not tried it yet:(

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  • 3.0 stars

    "great features and a frustrating learning curve."

    March 14, 2009  |   By dcdove

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    It truly is comprehensive productivity software. I've used the word processor, spreadsheet, and drawing components. all are jam packed with fucntionality. Now, the trick is to learn how to use it.

    Cons

    after a year of occasional use I still don't understand how frames work, thus I don't have as much control over how my papers are formatted (especially if I save in non open office formats such as .doc or .rtf). very frustrating.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent alternative to Microsoft office"

    February 19, 2009  |   By d.vaughn55

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    This is an excellent alternative to Microsoft Office. I can't say enough good things about this software.

    Cons

    I do not have any bad things to say about this product!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This program has every thing I mite need And more."

    February 13, 2009  |   By dgrover

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    This is so much easier to use than some of the other program. Fast loading and easy to convert Documents.

    Cons

    none That I have found.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "from one of microsoft office thinking, this is easier"

    February 9, 2009  |   By maxx6936

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    its more user friedly and flexiable than the strict constraints of microsoft office

    Cons

    haven't encountered any downside yet, same functions as office with less memory requirements

    Summary

    AWESOME

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best office software, bar none."

    February 1, 2009  |   By daneasyone

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    Easy to install and use.

    Cons

    I could not find anything negetive. It's a program that is a pteasure to use. I would be hard pressed to find anything negative with it.

    Summary

    Love this program and it has and still does serve me well.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "ease of use"

    January 21, 2009  |   By beauama

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    have not found anything I dislike about this product yet.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I think the product is exceptional and timely"

    January 15, 2009  |   By skeoch2

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    It competes aggessivly and in some cases outperforms the other major suite.

    Cons

    Would not install on my windows 98 system?? as of now don't know why

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works well!"

    January 12, 2009  |   By JoyceNgo

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0

    Pros

    It opens up loads of file types. It's very easy to use and doesn't have the "ribbon" menus like MS Word 2007. It takes up a lot less diskspace than MS Word 2007, probably more than half saved. It's easy to install and customize.

    Cons

    Slow mirror download. I didn't like Java installed. Icons don't seem to differ between the files types. Opening DOCX files.. occasionally it wouldn't show the image within the file.

    Summary

    I really like this program, I love how you can create and export PDFs. It's been very useful ever since I found out about it and installed it. I like how it's so easy to use and it's free and it stuck with the basic interface of most programs. It could get a little bit confusing if you have been using MS WORD your whole life. I can say it's ALMOST the same as MS Word 2003, but not exactly. To me it works like MS Word 2007, but looks nothing like it. Make sure you're ready for that change.

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