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Old 04-04-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Hagerstown MD
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Hello All,

Is anyone here using OpenOffice (3.0) and if so how do you like it over WORD? I am using the WORD XP version along with OpenOffice. I am also curious as to any thoughts/views about the draw section of OpenOffice. If anyone has any comments or stories I would love to hear about them, and feel free to DM if you wish. I am used to WORD XP and still kind of on the fence about OpenOffice. How compatible is it if someone requests a document in WORD format and is sent one in OpenOffice format?

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Old 04-04-2009, 06:56 AM
 
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One thing I can't quite do with OO is to exchange documents using the 'track changes' and comments functions used in Word. This probably isn't a big deal for the average user.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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OO is a great alternative for those that can't afford Office, or really don't have the need to justify the expense Office to write the ocassional document, keep a simple spreadsheet. It does not have all the bells, whistles, features of the much pricier Office, but for free and you can view/edit/print all those things that people send you from Office.
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:56 PM
 
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^^^ I second this.

I think OpenOffice is good for someone that doesn't have elaborate requirements, which honestly is most people. I've tried using OpenOffice, but I decided it wasn't worth the effort to learn to use it because no one else I deal with uses it, and I have always liked MS Office, especially 2007.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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Open Office seems to offer more features than MS Works, but not as many as MS Office. Overall Open Office seems to be a very nice and easy to use alternative for the casual user who doesn't really need all the bells and whistles that MS Office has and doesn't want to spend the money on it.
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Boardman, OH
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I use the Mac version of OO known as NeoOffice and I really like it. I see no reason to buy Office at all.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:04 PM
 
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As others mentioned, it lacks the polish and some feature of MS Office and there are some MS Office compatibility issues, but for most people that don't want to spend the money it should work just fine.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Will 3.0 open .docx files?
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:57 AM
 
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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I prefer OpenOffice, but on the job have found it's not compatible with MSWord
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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I agree with the above sentiments in that it's a good software suite for most basic users, especially for being freeware and I've used it for several years now. It's also less resource intensive, at least in my opinion.

Drover, I ran it and checked the "open" function and I do see .docx files listed.
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