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What Do You Recommend As A Replacement For Ms Office?


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#1 TheNerd

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 09:16 PM

If someone didn't want to use MS Office what would be a good replacement? I know there are others like OpenOffice, WordPerfect, and more but I wanted to know what you guys and gals think is the best one.

I already use OpenOffice on a regular basis. Are there any other replacements out there that are as advanced?

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:42 AM

You have, in OO.o, a very good office replacement, at a great price, and one that is compatible with MS file extensions (OO.o3 will be released soon and be compatible with Office 2007). I use it all the time, and have not found anything to equal it.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:04 PM

Thanks. I hadn't realized that OO.org 3 would be compatible with Office 2007. In that case I'll stick with OO for sure. But I've recently installed Abiword just to try it out.


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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:44 AM

If your WP demands are not great or complex, you might also look at Google Docs; currently, its WP is on-line only, but within a few weeks, it appears that you will be able to work on your documents off-line as well. Google Docs also has a spreadsheet and a presentation application (these are currently not scheduled to be able to be used off-line for some time). I have used it off and on for simple tasks, but I cannot vouch for compatibility with all of MS's various file types.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:12 AM

I've played with Google Docs off and on but I'm not really a big fan of the online only part. It might be better when you can use them all offline. I often bring my computer to places that don't have network connections and I use my WP to write articles for my blog and other stuff.

I read that IBM is releasing a new product called Lotus Symphony, which will be a free download. I might check that out just to see how it works.

I've been forced to use Word Perfect at work due to some old documents I needed to convert and it's not too bad. I noticed with Word Perfect I had problems setting up printing properly because it uses it's own printing subsystem but other than that it's not super bad.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:18 AM

Well, Lotus 1-2-3 was a very good product, and I used to use it all the time. I would certainly be interested in your comments about Symphony. Right now, I still prefer OO.o to any other office suite.
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 05:41 PM

Well, Lotus 1-2-3 was a very good product, and I used to use it all the time. I would certainly be interested in your comments about Symphony. Right now, I still prefer OO.o to any other office suite.
Cheers,
John


Sure, If I get a chance to try it out I'll post my results :thumbsup:




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