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OpenOffice.org

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    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:

    4.3 stars

    out of 190 votes

    • 5 star: 110
    • 4 star: 56
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 5.0 stars

    "VALUE FOR MONEY"

    July 31, 2010  |   By avijit_67

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    SOFTWARE IS A VALUE FOR MONEY AND NEED FOR EVERYONE. GOOD FEATURES. MAJOR PDF WRITER WHICH MICROSOFT IS NOT SUPPORTING. DOWNLOAD FEATURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

    Cons

    THOUGH SLOW IN SPEED, BUT NOT A MAJOR ISSUE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free MS Office replacement"

    July 19, 2010  |   By VigneshIyer92

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    1. Powerful applications
    2. Complete feature-set
    3. Is open source

    Cons

    None so far

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  • 4.0 stars

    "What are you waiting for?"

    July 10, 2010  |   By karthik_nedunchezhian

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    1. Free, Free, Free.
    2. No worries about license expiry or limitations on use.

    Cons

    1. Startup speed is nowhere near ms office 2010.
    2. Urgent need for UI upgrade, my frnds complain that i am using software which is decades behind office 2010.

    Summary

    Of all the open source softwares, open office is the most important, as it is needed by anyone who has a comp. It has huge potential for growth, and its still lagging behind office in innovation, Still it is unarguably the most needed Open source product out there.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Why use anything else?"

    July 8, 2010  |   By rchdenton

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    Does everything I want a word processor or spreadsheet to do.

    Cons

    Can be a bit slow to learn at times

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great free office suite."

    July 7, 2010  |   By zgarcia1828

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    FREE! All in one office suite.

    Cons

    Conversion to Office is not as seamless as the developers make it seem.

    Summary

    Great to use as a free stand alone office suite. I highly recommend the product for someone who does not want to spend hundreds of dollars for a office suite to use for household projects. The conversion from this software to Office is not so seamless. You have to have the Microsoft software installed on you computer to convert from some Open Office file types to Office file types. Saving is not a one click action either. There are weird file types that you can save to that I had never heard of before. And the programs can interfere if you use both Open Office and Office on a regular basis. Try it and you will see. I recommend you use either this product or Office, not both.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Can't argue about the price"

    July 5, 2010  |   By boxcarjim

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    easy to use ans has everything you need

    Cons

    there is no problem that I have found

    Summary

    I have used this program for a few years now.It has all the programs I need .

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very limited uses. Some difficulty learning to make doc"

    July 4, 2010  |   By barbah206

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    Was able to convert my MS Works document to send to someone who only has OpenOffice.

    Cons

    Only opens Word, Works or Power Point docs.
    Doesn't open MS Publisher and some of my projects work best in Publisher.
    Other programs haven't been able to open documents created in OpenOffice.

    Summary

    Very limited uses.My MS Office Word program converts other versions of Word for me so only use it to send documents to one person who only uses OpenOffice. The document I produced in it for them had to be redone in MS Works to forward to someone else.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superior to MS Office"

    July 3, 2010  |   By NewSpark

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    More intuitive interface than MS Office. Export to PDF. Supports MS format types like .DOC. Great free plugins and addons.

    Cons

    None. There used to be problem with .otf font types in PDF export but that was fixed in version 1.3.

    Summary

    I own MS Office but am uninstalling it on my second machine. Open Office rules!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "much better than the one you have to pay for"

    July 1, 2010  |   By ruthk2

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    easier to access all applications from one screen. The recent docs is also a bonus as it shows all types at one time

    Cons

    Doesn't have much clip-art

    Summary

    I like the fact that I only need one screen to open all types of document instead of having to hunt around for the right program. The password is also a bonus, great for keeping business docs away from children who have a habit of hitting delete.
    I would have liked clipart, it's most likely out there somewhere I just haven't found it yet.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best that money can not buy !!"

    June 30, 2010  |   By bobfox321

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

    Pros

    An objective evaluation will show you that this suite will handle about 98% of all your office needs. Check it out for yourself. We saved thousands of dollars.

    Cons

    We cannot find a single problem. One of the best products in the world.

    Summary

    Excellent alternative to the M$ monopoly.

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