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Post by corv89 »

I absolutely despise MS Word since I wrote a really long document that had its layout completely disrupted. Things like images appearing several pages down or up...

Apart from that paying 500 euros for a bloated office suite seems mighty overpriced to me. Their backwards compatibility is a joke and there's hunderds of useless features but no PDF export.

OpenOffice isn't great: slow startup, no grammar check, somewhat weak spreadsheet. But generally speaking OpenOffice is better (especially considering the price).

However I hardly ever use anything other than a word processor. So I use AbiWord which I can recommend to anyone that wants: a grammar + spelling check, lean install + download, low system requirements, fast startup, opensource, opendocument import/export, doc import/export, equation editor... what more could you want?
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I been using Office 2003 lately and I am still trying to find out if there is anything better which I assume not.
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We used MS Office before and it was really easy to use but we had to switch to OpenOffice because of licensing issues and the hassles of registering each unit.
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Oh yeah, if anyone is considering switching over to OpenOffice then there has been a few helpful tutorials setup to help you out with the various tasks..

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I use Microsoft Office 2003. It is on all of the computer's in all of the labs at my university, and on the computers in the classrooms. (Basically, it's everywhere.) When I got a new laptop, it had Wordperfect, but I really needed MS Office for compatibility, and also because you always end up doing a PowerPoint for presentations at school. They sell it in the university bookstore at an educational discount for students/staff/faculty, so I grabbed it there last year. :wink:
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I can get along fine with OpenOffice + it didn't cost me a thing :)
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Anyone remember the days when Corel Wordperfect was THE word processor to have?

I'm on Office XP Pro with Frontpage. I actually use Frontpage a lot for getting the basic structure going, rather than Dreamweaver. Don't really know why, it's probably more user-friendly perhaps. Come to think of it, I can see why Adobe bought out Macromedia, the software is fiddly and not user-friendly.

I'm looking forward to the new Microsoft web software suite. No doubt it'll be simple to use, and deliver the correct content.

As far as Office goes, I use all the tools apart from Outlook, for some reason I prefer Mozilla Thunderbird.
corv89 wrote: Apart from that paying 500 euros for a bloated office suite seems mighty overpriced to me. Their backwards compatibility is a joke and there's hunderds of useless features but no PDF export.


I agree that it is over-priced. They don't have .PDF export because it's a software technology that their competitors made, and they don't want to promote it. You can however get office PDF export plug-ins, try looking in a search engine for one. I have one that exports the other way. It OCR reads PDFs and then creates a word document from it.
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I use Open Office on my Linux boxes, but use MS Office 2003 on my Windows computers because that's what my company uses. I also agree with the above posts, MS Frontpage is great for doing initial layouts but it dosn't support php pages as a WYSIWYG editor, so it's pretty much notepad once the initial layout is done.
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Office 2004 for the Mac
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Post by Wyr!H@x!mu$ »

txuspe wrote: Both Microsoft Office 2003 and OpenOffice.org 2.0.

Regards :wink:
Same here :). M$ at work and OO at home ^^.
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txuspe wrote: Both Microsoft Office 2003 and OpenOffice.org 2.0.

Regards :wink:



care to explain as to why you are running both? Testing purposes? Which one would you prefer though?

I think after experimenting with OPEN OFFICE program, I just prefer MS Office better, I have used it through my high school life, and well in my current job now, what would be the point using an entire different Office Suite? So I just stick with Office 2003 for the sake of my uni & tafe days i have left and of course my job.
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chainreaction2009 wrote: care to explain as to why you are running both? Testing purposes? Which one would you prefer though?

That's right: testing. :wink:
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Post by nblythin »

I use OpenOffice 2.0 on three of my four computers. On the other I use Star Office. They are basically the same, but Star does a better job at converting some M$ office files (esp. spreadsheets that contain macros).
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