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OpenOffice.org

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Apache OpenOffice.org is the free open-source productivity suite that rivals Microsoft's Office suite, the business world's standard. OpenOffice.org is compatible with most Office documents and many other file types. Like Office, it's a collection of powerful tools, but you don't have to install all its modules. The latest version of OpenOffice.org supports Windows 8.

The OpenOffice.org installer's custom option lets users choose which Program Modules to install from Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress, Base, and Math, plus shared Optional Components. During setup, we chose to make OpenOffice.org our default program for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. OpenOffice.org comes with a lot of support in the form of Help files and other documentation as well as a huge community of users and developers. And, while its tools aren't Office clones, users who are familiar with Word, Excel, and other Office tools will find their OpenOffice.org counterparts easy to understand.

Clicking the OpenOffice.org icon produced a quick-start page that let us open documents, spreadsheets, formulas, and databases. We started with a new document in Writer, the suite's word processor. We quickly created a document and clicked Save to see our options. Writer offered 12 choices, including its proprietary ODF file format (.odt) as well as four Word standards, HTML, text, text encoded, and rich text. Not every format is completely compatible, though. Nevertheless, Writer offers as much as any top word processor. Impress is a presentation wizard, while Draw is a capable graphics editor. Calc is OpenOffice.org's Excel-compatible spreadsheet tool, and Base generates and accesses databases via the Database Wizard. Math is one of OpenOffice.org's advantages over Office: it's a standalone equation editor that can also insert formulas as objects into Writer.

One thing OpenOffice.org lacks that Office has is an integrated e-mail client like Outlook. But OpenOffice.org is compatible with a wide range of e-mail clients, including Mozilla Thunderbird, which many OpenOffice.org users recommend for use with the suite. Still, count us among those who'd like a fully integrated OpenOffice.org e-mail client. In any case, it's hard to find fault with anything OpenOffice.org does, especially since every bit of it is free.

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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:

    3.4 stars

    out of 59 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 16
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not working!"

    July 15, 2013  |   By lilygirl2

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    only worked once

    Cons

    Says that it's compatible with windows 8 but when I runt the compatibility test it says it's incompatible. It also won't open some files, it just seems to hang and then I have to reboot my computer. Really frustrating that there's no info about how to fix it on the community forums!

    Summary

    Very badly needs this fixed!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good and free"

    July 9, 2013  |   By antreasarkoudi

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    free no pay like word :)

    Cons

    nothing in my opinion

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great and useful"

    June 20, 2013  |   By Amanda-w

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    Free and useful freeware. All the functions I tried work well.

    Cons

    can not run on my another PC runs Win7

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product or the money ... but"

    June 10, 2013  |   By lyama

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    Free to use, doesn't utilize large hard drive footprint and it's a good alternative to the pricey MS Office packages.

    Cons

    After numerous re-installs, the application still crashes, especially the word processor.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fantastic!"

    May 27, 2013  |   By StratosM

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    fantastic!

    Cons

    no cons at all

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  • 5.0 stars

    "awesome, easier than the new MS Office, and FREE!"

    May 27, 2013  |   By KristenWithaK

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    Number one pro: It's free!!!
    Number two: It works and seems really bug free
    I've been using Open Office sporadically for a few years, but I now find it much easier to use than the newer versions of MS Office, so on my newest laptop I never even bothered getting the MS Office Suite because this one is free and does everything I need it to. If you are smart enough to turn on your computer, you are smart enough to figure out how to use this awesome software for creating various kinds of documents. I'm not really sure what to write about this and how others will use it, but I use Open Office for spreadsheets in place of Excel and I use their text documents for writing out long emails that I don't want to lose mid-sentence online. It has all of the same basic features that Word does, only its easier to figure out.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons to this program. I have always been 100% happy with Open Office. I would pay for this. Even if it was not free I would use this over MS Office.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Changed pc, open office came along."

    May 19, 2013  |   By john tello

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    Only way to go.

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    Got used to it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Apache OpenOffice Base is junk"

    May 9, 2013  |   By gyprat801

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    Works great as long as your not using large databases in Base

    Cons

    Base does not like large databases.

    Summary

    Older OpenOffice works better with Databases. Use 3.3 for all databases.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A love-hate relationship"

    May 5, 2013  |   By ok4mi2

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    Right of course, it is a wonderful, fully featured and all encompassing suite. It is not the first time I have made the download. Over the years, through various versions, I have downloaded, used awhile and uninstalled the program. No doubt I will do the routine over and over for the foreseeable future. I use it and decide it takes up more space and resources than I judge worthy of it, and so I uninstall it and use some other programs for the while until I feel the urge to have that suite of dreams vacationing on my hard drive again.

    Cons

    Some times it seems to have conflicts in formatting which become permanent. More of that story another time. It is kind of a large program and almost seems to want to exist as a suite rather than stand alone units. It should, it does, but yet it somehow ends up wanting the whole family around. More than I can eat at the buffet!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wonderful Free Program"

    April 24, 2013  |   By framersbk

    Version: OpenOffice.org 3.4.1

    Pros

    All of the functions work well. Perfect for kids and most of us who don't care about it being MSFT.

    Cons

    I really couldn't find any.

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