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OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.<br></div>
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I've been using this for a while and love it. Has all the popular office suite programs from open source versions of Word to Powerpoint. Opens ans saves all the most popular file types. (.doc, etc) All for FREE.<br><br><br><br>
It's awesome. Just thought I would show ya'll an alternative to paying another arm & leg for MS Office.
 

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I tried it. My computer hated it. I uninstalled it.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I have it. I don't have a lot of need for most of the programs but the uses I have had for them it has worked pretty well for.</span>
 

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I've been suggested the other day another opensource product which is like a simple replacement for MSword.<br><br><br><br>
See more here: <a href="http://www.AbiSource.com" target="_blank">www.AbiSource.com</a><br><br><br><br>
If its okay troub, I'd like to ask what other similar programs people know of at the more simple end of the spectrum of free offerings for "word" type utilities.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
What are ya, like 87 years old, now?<br><br><br><br>
Bees knees....*chuckle*
 

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and for our mac friends, have a look at <a href="http://neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php" target="_blank">NeoOffice</a>, a macified version of openoffice.<br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.openoffice.org" target="_blank">http://www.openoffice.org</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
I've been using this for a while and love it. Has all the popular office suite programs from open source versions of Word to Powerpoint. Opens ans saves all the most popular file types. (.doc, etc) All for FREE.<br><br><br><br>
It's awesome. Just thought I would show ya'll an alternative to paying another arm & leg for MS Office.</div>
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I've had some minor character conversion issues (like chi, for example) when I exported to word format to print my document on a different machine. I got around the issue by saving as pdf or html but I'm not sure I'd trust longer documents edited on multiple computers with it. Unless it was just the font type, since I originally created the document under linux...
 

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I read PCPro which is a british computer magazine for the people who work in IT departments or have a technical interest in computers. It is highly respected and it says that OpenOffice is an excellent set of programs to use with very good compatibility with most Microsoft Word stuff.
 

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I've had some minor character conversion issues (like chi, for example) when I exported to word format to print my document on a different machine. I got around the issue by saving as pdf or html but I'm not sure I'd trust longer documents edited on multiple computers with it. Unless it was just the font type, since I originally created the document under linux...</div>
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You can't blame Oo_O for having imprefect .doc support. Microsoft refuses to relase the spec for the .doc file. Every success that Oo_O has received in converting to and from .doc is through reverse engineering.<br><br><br><br>
If everyone used Oo_O instead of MS Word then you can save it to the open document format and have no interaction with .doc at all (Ah, what a dream). In the mean time if you have to print on a computer that doesn't have Oo_O convert it to pdf like you did. Pdf has a habit of printing well. The better solution is to put Oo_O on that computer with the printer.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>VA~goth~UK</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I've been suggested the other day another opensource product which is like a simple replacement for MSword.<br><br><br><br>
See more here: <a href="http://www.AbiSource.com" target="_blank">www.AbiSource.com</a><br><br><br><br>
If its okay troub, I'd like to ask what other similar programs people know of at the more simple end of the spectrum of free offerings for "word" type utilities.</div>
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well I tried AbiSource word, and its ok, but I don't really really really recommend it, not for me anyway as I don't like the page breaks, unless somehow they can be averted..... but what office or word type utility doesn't have page breaks? ....IN WANT OF or IN PREFERENCE FOR the adjustment to stop it as I want? I know MS word doesn't have page breaks, but I want to be as broad as I can on the subject of all Word type utilities to cover a multitude of sins and crap, and then have someone tell me by what I've said here what provides what I want not necessarily OpenOffice.
 

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o_O<br><br><br><br>
Stop pulling faces people. BigDufStuff, hehe. j/k.... oh and BigDufStuff, sorry I didn't get round to starting the thread here which originally I was planning to be the pioneer of (all be it in your more powerful and knowledgeable name) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> before Troub came up with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Or failing the pair of you, Darth Vader could've taken hold on it.
 

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For those not in the know, Oo_O = OpenOffice.org<br><br><br><br>
They had to legally change their name from Open Office to OpenOffice.org due to a trademark infringement.
 

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You can't blame Oo_O for having imprefect .doc support. Microsoft refuses to relase the spec for the .doc file. Every success that Oo_O has received in converting to and from .doc is through reverse engineering.<br><br><br><br>
If everyone used Oo_O instead of MS Word then you can save it to the open document format and have no interaction with .doc at all (Ah, what a dream). In the mean time if you have to print on a computer that doesn't have Oo_O convert it to pdf like you did. Pdf has a habit of printing well. The better solution is to put Oo_O on that computer with the printer.</div>
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I'm not "blaming" anyone, but as long as little problems like the ones I've mentioned persist, I will have reservations about using it for documents where a chi in the middle of page 15 had better come out looking like one.<br><br><br><br>
Installing open office isn't an option when the computer with the printer runs off a server and you can't touch the software.
 

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I'm not "blaming" anyone, but as long as little problems like the ones I've mentioned persist, I will have reservations about using it for documents where a chi in the middle of page 15 had better come out looking like one.<br><br><br><br>
Installing open office isn't an option when the computer with the printer runs off a server and you can't touch the software.</div>
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If the computer you are using to print the document has MS Word on it, you can edit the document by using <b>Insert | Symbol</b> from the menu to insert any special character. In Windows, there is a utility called Character Map that can do similar things, but I don't know whether it would mess up your Word document if you tried to use it to edit it instead of Word itself.<br><br><br><br>
I'm basically a Word Perfect user myself.
 

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I'm computer literate, actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> But frankly, it's a pain to proofread for tiny glitches like that every time I open something on a different machine.
 

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I'm not "blaming" anyone, but as long as little problems like the ones I've mentioned persist, I will have reservations about using it for documents where a chi in the middle of page 15 had better come out looking like one.<br><br><br><br>
Installing open office isn't an option when the computer with the printer runs off a server and you can't touch the software.</div>
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I just opened Oo_O and did "Insert->Special character" found the chi and inserted it. It looked fine. Then I saved it as .odw and reopened it. It worked fine. Are you sure you're inserting it right? Make sure to keep it saved as .odw and don't save it as .doc<br><br><br><br>
If the computer is a printer server why do you have to transfer the file to the server? Can't you just add the printer as a network printer using the print server?<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I'm computer literate, actually But frankly, it's a pain to proofread for tiny glitches like that every time I open something on a different machine.</div>
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Glitches are rare. But to be sure DON'T save it as .doc. Keep it in the .odw format and you won't have a problem.
 

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Does this thing have a spreadsheet?<br><br><br><br>
eta: nevermind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I just opened Oo_O and did "Insert->Special character" found the chi and inserted it. It looked fine. Then I saved it as .odw and reopened it. It worked fine. Are you sure you're inserting it right? Make sure to keep it saved as .odw and don't save it as .doc<br><br><br><br>
If the computer is a printer server why do you have to transfer the file to the server? Can't you just add the printer as a network printer using the print server?<br><br><br><br>
Glitches are rare. But to be sure DON'T save it as .doc. Keep it in the .odw format and you won't have a problem.</div>
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I never claimed the chi wasn't inserting correctly, but exporting kills it. And for the record: I inserted it the way you described. The computer in question isn't a print server and it's not in the same network as my home computer.<br><br><br><br>
As for sticking to .odt files: Can't open those with Word. Although, ironically enough, google documents has no trouble handling them (apart from the images).<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I'm going to see if updating to 2.2 fixes the issue.
 
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