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Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

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OpenOffice review by <span>Liz W.</span>
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OpenOffice, Free Word Alternative

What do you like best?

What I like best about OpenOffice I can sum up in three words: free + fully functional. When I bought my first Macbook, I did not want to pay additionally for Microsoft Word or any other processing software. I found OpenOffice as a free alternative that met all of my basic needs.

What do you dislike?

My complaint is not a big one: it does not have all the bells, whistles and support of Microsoft Office, but for anyone who needs simple word processing, this is hardly an issue. One other note, the software is sometimes laggy. However, I must stress, this software is absolutely free - it's not a trial version, there's no subscription plan - so I would not expect it to be anything other than what it is.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a free word processor and you do not need all the bells and whistles of Microsoft Office, then OpenOffice is the program for you. The software can sometimes be laggy and the design options are not quite at Microsoft level, but it is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats and there's only a small learning curve to it. If you're coming from Microsoft Office, you should be able to jump right into OpenOffice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use OpenOffice for free to create any business-related documents: invoices, receipts, quotes, etc. It is perfectly adequate for this purpose. I do not have the need to create more complicated documents or presentations, so I can move through the administrative part of my day with ease and no cost.

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OpenOffice review by <span>Twin A.</span>
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Hooray for Open Source word processing, spreadsheets and more!

What do you like best?

Open Source! There are still developers that believe that products on the internet should always be free. In the age of hyper capitalism, it is a blessing to see people willing to give regardless of the group-think mentality. This is especially true for OpenOffice. Being a startup business, we needed to stream all of our revenue and profit right back into building our business. Desktop computing application cost certainly wasn't one of our desired line items for expenses. We were forced to scour the internet for a Windows-based word processing and spreadsheet solution that wasn't controlled by the Microsoft behemoth. All rise for the honorable Open Office! The similarities to MS Office are so close that it is almost the generic version of the proprietary juggernaut. Not much needs to be said about these mainstay applications except that the usability, look and feel, and functionality of the code functions (especially in OpenOffice's spreadsheet) are so similar that someone with basic knowledge of Excel coding pump out some vlookups. We use the word processor and spreadsheets extensively, however for those looking for Visio-style page diagrams and Access-style databases - OpenOffice definitely delivers!

What do you dislike?

The paste-special function is a bit cumbersome in the OpenOffice spreadsheet with its multiple checkboxes in the dialog box, but hey its open source and free so quit complaining! :)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Dump MS Office and their high price tag for OpenOffice today! Your wallet with fatten because of it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Word processing, PDF conversion, spreadsheet management, and more. We realized the benefits of savings, savings, savings!

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OpenOffice review by <span>Monica R.</span>
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Software libre para oficina

What do you like best?

Tiene todo los que necesita una suite de oficina. Editor de texto, hoja de datos. Se puede hacer todo lo requerido. Ademas de que es software libre, por lo que cualquiera, en cualquier momento puede descargarlo y usarlo en su computador sin muchas restricciones y totalmente gratis. Open Office lo van actualizando constantemente, y los desarrolladores y colaboradores van sacando paquetes que se pueden instalar para ampliar sus funciones, como paquetes de idiomas.

What do you dislike?

La visual del programa podría ser mejorable. Le falta "belleza", además que es un poquito complicado hacer que las otras suites de oficinas lean los archivos creados en Open Office, lo que a veces es un problema al compartir los archivos. Al editor de planillas de datos, le faltan algunas funciones que tiene la suite de Microsoft.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Open Office es muy similar a cualquier otra suite de oficina, por lo que es muy fácil aprender a usarla.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A parte de que es un software libre, lo que puede ser descargado e instalado gratis, es fácilmente instalable en cualquier sistema operativo. Se puede usar bases de datos, editor de texto, hojas de calculo igual que cualquier otra suite, como la de Microsoft o la de Google. Me permite guardar los documento en PDF, agregar varios diccionarios y paquetes de idioma, muy útil cuando se trabaja en varios idiomas. Ademas de todo esto, puedo descargarlo e instalarlo tanto en windows como en linux de forma fácil y sin complicaciones. Tiene una gran comunidad, en donde se puede hacer consultas y siempre se consigue la ayuda que se necesita.

OpenOffice review by <span>Jordan L.</span>
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OpenOffice: A Software Solution with No Strings Attached

What do you like best?

The OpenOffice suite of programs have saved me on more than one occasion. While Microsoft Office may be the standard for office productivity software, there are many times when the cost of the software is prohibitive. For students, startups, non-profits, and anyone budget conscious, OpenOffice comes to the rescue. I used OpenOffice exclusively for all of my college writing assignments. I also used the software extensively when first setting up my Freelance design business. And I use it still. Anytime a Microsoft Office subscription lapses or when setting up a new computer not licensed for Microsoft Office, OpenOffice is my go-to.

What do you dislike?

It is no secret that OpenOffice is not nearly as polished as Microsoft Office, but it shouldn't be. The two software suites are not really competitors. OpenOffice is really best compared against other free or low cost data and word possessing programs. Still, since OpenOffice is often looked to as an alternative to Microsoft's programs it is important to note that you will not get all of the bells and whistles you would get with paid software. Don't expect slideshows with fancy transitions or stylish templates. On occasion OpenOffice programs may be less stable or more resource intensive than other software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For anyone looking for a great set of office tools even with a non-existent software budget, OpenOffice can't be beat. Don't be fooled by its freeware status. OpenOffice provides incredible features, an amazing problem-solving community, and an open source philosophy that will keep it a useful software suite for years to come.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the greatest benefits of OpenOffice is the ability to open several file formats from other software makers. In particular, it is possible to open, edit, and save documents in .doc, .ppt, and .xls formats. I have used this feature many times to extract data and perform conversions. Expect some features to be lost in transition, but overall it's great to be able to open these formats when the original programs are not available to you. Of all the OpenOffice programs I find Writer and Calc to be the most directly comparable to their Microsoft counterparts. In fact, when using those two programs I don't miss Word or Excel at all. I will admit though, that PowerPoint is still quite a bit superior to OpenOffice Impress.

OpenOffice review by <span>Garni G.</span>
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FREE, simple, useful. But no desktop publishing application

What do you like best?

I have most of the features of Microsoft Office, but without having to pay for a subscription or software. Great if you just need the basics and if you value the free price over having advanced features. Great for word processing and spreadsheets.

What do you dislike?

The package does not include an analogue to Microsoft Publisher, and I use that a lot. In addition, although I can save documents in certain Microsoft Office file formats (ie docx, xlsx), Google Drive will not recognize these files and thus that service cannot convert them into the respective file formats. Also, files created in OpenOffice have to be saved as MS Office files or else they cannot be opened by someone who uses MS Office. In addition, there is no OpenOffice App in the Apple App Store. In certain circumstances, the program crashes/freezes when I open certain files. And what is the difference between OpenOffice Math and OpenOffice Calc? MS Office Excel incorporates both of these programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your company does a lot of publishing, especially desktop publishing, you should go with another solution (i. e. Microsoft Office, as they have Microsoft Publisher). If designing promotional material is important, then there are better software solutions. The same applies if you frequently edit/view documents on mobile devices. If you just want the basics and don't care much for the bells and whistles, then there is no reason not to implement this solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The primary issue that I have solved is the cost.

OpenOffice review by <span>Lincoln S.</span>
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Open Office is entirely sufficient.

What do you like best?

OO is a huge application and I only scratch the surface with occasional letter writing and the opening of MS Word documents. For this it works flawlessly. A critical feature of OO is it's ability to save documents in Microsoft Word or Excel format. These may only support "retarded" sets of Microsoft features, but it entirely sufficient for my needs.

What do you dislike?

Like all word processors, page layout is weak. I also suspect, but have not really explored, it's book publishing tools are weak. Book publishing requires special tools that were so badly handled in MS Word, and that are not advertised for OO. These include chapter formatting, index and table creation. The only application that I found to do these things was FrameMaker, which is now unaffordable, like most Adobe products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make every effort to get away from Microsoft products, if only on priciple

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All writing and speadsheet needs.

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