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Offline Alkim

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OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« on: April 18, 2006, 10:18:57 PM »
OpenOffice 2 is ready to replace Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP/2003 ? Some personal experience? Some suggestion? Some friend has suggest to me to use this program. Some suggestion?

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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2006, 10:47:33 PM »
I am a user of OpenOffice, and I like it a lot.

You will probably find more answers and information on the suite on the OOo forum which is located at http://www.oooforum.org, than here on the avast! forum.

In my opinion, the new 2.0.2 release is an extremely competent alternative to MS Office. But, depending on what you need to do with it, your mileage may vary. I use Writer and Calc extensively, but have limited experience with the other applications.
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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2006, 10:57:08 PM »
I was using second hand MS Office :-[ but i noticed i really don't need it anymore.
OpenOffice suits me just fine for all my basic needs for text, spreadsheets and presentations. And it's completelly free. I really can't ask for more.

I had no problems opening MS Office documents, except few presentations that were rendered a bit too fast. Other than that i'm very happy with it.
Opens all sorts of MS documents plus it's own formats. Pretty nice :)
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2006, 05:52:53 AM »
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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2006, 08:55:23 PM »
I don't use open office because I need MS excel to do linear regressions, data analysis, etc.  But, if you don't need MS for specific things, Openoffice is very good.

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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2006, 10:59:24 AM »
Can anybody please tell me: does the new Writer have a characters counter like Word? What I mean is, if I select a text can it tell me how many characters (with spaces) the selected text has? (In ms word, this option is under the "tools").
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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2006, 11:48:10 AM »
Can't remember in the 1.0 version, which I didn't use much, but in 2.0.2, which I do use now instead of MS Office, it certainly does.

Edit:

I'll save you a search. Here's a list of the new features in 2.0:

http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/2.0/index.html
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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2006, 12:06:53 PM »
Thanks, OrangeCrate.
I had tried the first version, but it didn't have that option - which I need for my work.

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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2006, 04:52:51 PM »
I think users of OO will appreciate this site:
http://ooextras.sourceforge.net/  8)

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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2006, 07:06:37 PM »
is there a spell checker in it like microsoft word has,my son usses it all the time?

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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2006, 07:16:28 PM »
bri,

Yes there is.

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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2006, 07:20:27 PM »
thanks orangecrate,i think ill give it a try

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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2006, 07:40:46 PM »
But no grammar checker yet, I believe?

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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2006, 12:59:26 AM »
Staind,

Nope, not yet. I think there are some add ons for foreign language use, that does some grammatical stuff when translating, but I'm not sure.

Spyros,

Cool site. Thanks.

Bri,

When you install, there will be a page to set the defaults for the MS Office products in OOo. (Watch for it, it's easy to skip.) Do that. Then in Writer, there will be an option to set the default doc type to Word Documents. Do that, and you're all set. You can save everything manually everytime you save a document, but it's a hassle, and frankly, for now, I don't know anyone that uses the OOo format. Until MS recognizes it, it won't be used a lot.

The above instructions are available (and probably a lot more clear) on the OOo forum as a "sticky" if I remember correctly. A link to the forum is in an earlier post in this thread.

Good luck.
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Re: OpenOffice 2 is ready to.....
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2006, 09:26:55 PM »
For those interested in open source projects, and OpenOffice vs. MS Office in particular, here's an interesting article:

http://www.idealware.org/articles/msoffice_vs_openoffice.php