CNET Editors' review
OpenOffice.org is the free alternative to Microsoft Office. Even on a Mac, Open Office.org mostly feels and looks like a Windows application, but Mac users should have no trouble getting up and running with this multifeatured app.
With Open Office, you can create the same types of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations available in Microsoft Office and even save them with the MS Office extensions such as .doc or .ppt. OpenOffice.org also has its own file extensions, which can't be opened with their Microsoft Office counterparts, so you'll need to make sure you remember to save with the appropriate extension so MS Office users can read them. This is made much easier with the Preferences Panel, which lets you select the default file type for documents you create.
During our testing, the application performed very well; it handles MS Office documents with the same ease as its own native documents. And you don't need to be an advanced Office user to find all the features you used in Microsoft's suite. All the basic editing tools are available at a glance, so you can start using the application from the first launch.
Overall, OpenOffice.org is a very useful and powerful app for document editing and reading. We recommend this free app for any-level user who wants a less expensive way to create files and share them with OpenOffice.org or Microsoft Office users.Apache OpenOffice - Get an open-source multi-platform office productivity suite - Download Video Previews:
This office productivity suite for Mac OS X includes desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation manager, and a drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to that of other office suites. OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.
What's new in this version: See http://www.openoffice.org/development/releases/3.4.0.html.
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All versions:3.8 stars
out of 158 votes
Current version:4.7 stars
out of 3 votes
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"Does everything I need and then some"
Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4
I am using Open Office instead of Microsoft Office. I was fed up with most bloated Microsoft products. Open Office seems to be more flexible and intuitive than MS Office. I am extremely pleased with this software. Great to be able to open and save documents in so many formats.
I liked the drag and drop option in MS Office for inserting pictures. Placing pictures in an OO app is more long winded. I've had trouble opening (particularly re-opening) some documents by clicking on the document icon. Opens fine from file/open but is slow or seems to get stuck if opened from the document icon.
"Just great for normal everyday use or professionals"
Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4
I've used OpenOffice when I was in college to help get my papers/essays done at least those that were lengthy or complicated. I loved all the features that matched Microsoft. The programs that ran on my university computers mostly used Microsoft office and dream weaver. Since I couldn't afford to buy MS Office, I was very happy to have found OpenOffice. I was very much a nuby with this kind of word program, and I never did quite get the hang of everything. However, it didn't crash or stall as often as some of the others that I was using at the time also.
Getting the tool bar buttons out and used is quite complicated. They don't seem to be that clear as to what they represent. It's very slow opening at least on my G4 iBook.
This is a very powerful word program. Although it's good for everyday use, I think it's more for professional people/office workers. It's packed with everything under the sun just about. It takes a very long time to learn how to navigate around w/this application. It was helpful and very useful for me while I was in college as I often times had to write lengthy papers as an education major. I had many drafts and rewrites. As a grad student, part of my education was to be able to use and navigate around the internet and use the computer in an efficient manner. I'm glad that OpenOffice allowed me to "practice" using things that I don't normally use everyday like inserting links or anchors, placing frames or place holders,using tables etc. For an application that rivals MS Word and it's free, I say, it's well worth getting to know how and how to use this application.
"Excellent software for free!"
Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4
OOo does everything for me that MS Office did.
The price is right.
Each support forum provides me with more help than I ever got from MS (bought first product in 1985).
Nothing for me!!!
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