Posted 22 September 2004 - 09:42 AM
Here again, OOo, is a useful solution. Especially with the WP, it is almost completely translateable into .doc format (some embedded pictures need redoing). Also, there are free MS readers available for Word, Powerpoint, and Excell (that I know of); these allow users who do not have Office to open and read---but not manipulate---MS Office products. I know that OOo will save any document as a PDF file, but then the recipient cannot modify it.
I have been forcing myself to use OOo in place of MS Office for around a year (old habits die hard, I have to admit). I have no problem opening or saving as Word documents. OOo is every bit as good as Office for all practical uses, although the documentation is a little scanty (I think there is a OOo Guide, or manual out there somewhere, but if you know Office, it is pretty easy to figure out OOo). Where OOo shines is in longer documents; these seem to work better and faster.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free download, to answer your question; it even now comes with an optional, and simple, picture filing application.
Hope this helps a little,
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