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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:

    4.0 stars

    out of 272 votes

    • 5 star: 120
    • 4 star: 100
    • 3 star: 18
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 26
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  • 1.0 stars

    "The Free Office Suite"

    June 9, 2012  |   By CNETproductions

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    OpenOffice is free

    Cons

    -Long download
    -Huge file
    -Slow startup
    -Bad interface
    -Complicated
    -Lacks features

    Summary

    In my opinion, the only Pro to Openoffice is it's free and requires no charge. For users who want a free Office Suite, i recommend LibreOffice.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is the simplest and best program on my system"

    May 16, 2012  |   By wheelchairpete

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    The easy to understand operation puts it head and shoulders above the competitors. I have had three strokes and rely upon the ease of layout to get letters written. Open Office is the only one I can get full benefit of a word prosessor.

    Cons

    Haven't found one yet!

    Summary

    I would recommend this program to everyone. It is a rolls Royce amongst pretenders.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Stupendous."

    May 12, 2012  |   By Peque1920

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    Everything is simply out of this world: perfect options in installation, writing & reading.

    Cons

    I cannot find a single one

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  • 1.0 stars

    "stay with ver. 3.3"

    May 10, 2012  |   By stv75757

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    none it don't work

    Cons

    it just stops working every time I try to use it :( very buggy

    Summary

    stay with 3.3 I use to like it but now not at all

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  • 5.0 stars

    "You just found your perfect "Suite"!"

    May 9, 2012  |   By LiliaMSU

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    Gorgeous!!

    Cons

    What "cons"?

    Summary

    May 10, 2012
    I see a lot of negative votes here...! M-m-m..!! Well, just like that funny lawyer said in ''My Cousin Vinny'' - ''EVERYTHING THAT GUY JUST SAID IT'S B...!!!''. Well, same here: ''Everything those people just said is b...''. Don't believe them! Open Office is a great program. I had it for the last 5 years and I love it. I give it a big ''10''!! Thank you dear inventors of Open Office! May you live long and prosper!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works fine, BUT"

    May 9, 2012  |   By flntlok

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    Looks like all the goodies of Microsoft's product, and, best of all, it's free.
    Easy to use; simple interface; choice at install as to what products you want to install.

    Cons

    I'm using Windows 7 so that may be the reason for the one problem I have encountered so far. That problem is that the program will not connect to the provider for updates or even to register the product! But, as long as the software does the few things I need it to do - mainly word processing - I have no problem with that.

    Summary

    I just started using this so time will tell.

    Updated on May 16, 2012

    So far the only problem I'm having is the software's inability to update. When I click the update button all I get is a "page no longer available" screen. I assume this is because the program isn't fully compatable with Win7 - which is my OS. But it works fine otherwise.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it so far"

    May 9, 2012  |   By Tear59

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    It is wonderful to be able to copy and past with out worrying about executive shutting down my word program. Have not yet used a lot of templates but very happy with what is there.

    Cons

    None yet, but I'll keep checking

    Summary

    So glad I downloaded this program it works so much better than Microsoft word works!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "download is corrupt dont waste ur time"

    May 8, 2012  |   By ck1nu

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    free ait free if it dont work

    Cons

    corupt onstaller

    Summary

    wait till they fix it or go for older version

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  • 1.0 stars

    "to complicated"

    May 6, 2012  |   By Marieo2012

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    complete programme, good display, many option

    Cons

    NOT simple at all, too complicated, it took me over 1 hour to set up the option just to write a simple letter of 1 paraghe. no explanation what does what. and it didnt do what i had programmed
    simply put the page number at the bottom of the page.it put it on top or not at all other option i always had to repeat the same option. i write part of the letter, i save it, then it tells me. can't save this file is read only format. what is this

    Summary

    i expected just to click document there i go write a simple letter,
    no not with this. it took too much space on my computer

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Did not install program, see "Cons"."

    April 13, 2012  |   By stanleyjadde

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.3

    Pros

    Do not have any, see "Cons"

    Cons

    I downloaded the CNET offering of OpenOffice 3.3 three times. I need to install it on my second hard drive "D",because of space limitations on my main drive "C". I tried all three times to get the program to install on "D", trying everything I could given what I was/am offered for doing so. All three times the install program ended up on "C".

    Summary

    Case closed

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