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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 09:30 PM

Can anyone tell me if LibreOffice works well on Windows 7?  I mostly just need LibreOffice Writer, and realize that it is not super compatible with M.S. Office but does okay.

 

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 09:32 PM

Yes, it will work. If you want something super compatible with microsoft office use WPS office free or Softmaker Office Free



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Posted 06 December 2016 - 10:00 PM

Thanks John, I know LibreOffice will work but are there any glitches or anything else you know about it on W7?  Would you suggest the others over LibreOffice?

 

WPS! That's great, forgot about that one.  Hey, they work on Linux Too! that may be really good for me John I'll try one of these before LO as I use that all the time on Linux.

 

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 08:07 AM

I never had issues with Libre Office on 7 but then I don't use it much. In fact I have it on a key as a portable app.

 

http://portableapps.com/apps/office/libreoffice_portable



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Posted 07 December 2016 - 09:21 AM

As long as we are on the subject.....can these two suggested apps (WPS and Softmaker) open and/or convert from their proprietary format to Microsoft format (mainly Word and Excel)? That is my big problem...many won't or do it poorly. Someone sends me an Excel spreadsheet or Word Doc and it won't open in the program I am using. Or....it will open ok, but when I try to save in Excel or Word format it scrambles the doc or will not do it at all. So I have no way of making notations/changes and sending it back to the person in Microsoft format so that they can read it. 


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:11 AM

I have found that WPS converts Word documents better than LibreOffice. It opened a PowerPoint presentation perfectly that choked on LibreOffice. YMMV.

 

I have not used Softmaker but I have read that it is very compatible.



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Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:26 AM

Thanx John, I'll give it a whirl.


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 12:51 PM

Someone sends me an Excel spreadsheet or Word Doc and it won't open in the program I am using. Or....it will open ok, but when I try to save in Excel or Word format it scrambles the doc or will not do it at all. So I have no way of making notations/changes and sending it back to the person in Microsoft format so that they can read it. 

and it won't open in the program I am using."

 

Pet Peeves: Please include specifics ranchhand, what "program" are you using that it won't open in?

 

"Softmaker" has better documentation, at least that I can see, so I'm inclined to go with that.  I don't know how these folks produce this stuff for free?  Is it SAFE to download if it is free, or does it come with Advertising etc.  I assume that it is all clean because I believe John_C21 gives good information, but I got to wonder how they do this, or why.  I'm guessing they have paid versions and this is how they hook ya into buying the paid version.

 

I've had some minor issues with L.O. also, and read that it don't play well with MS Office...like in Excel for instance.

 

Thanks again JohnC_21 for your time.


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 02:37 PM

With WPS you will get a pop up ad asking to upgrade to the premium version. I never ran across it but they say if you want to convert a WPS file to PDF they WPS makes you watch a short video and then you have access it for 30 minutes. But I use Bullzip to print to PDF to get around that. When I had Softmaker on I never saw an ad but that was a long time ago.

 

I think there would be a way to block the popups in WPS using the firewall.

 

Edit: I just exported a file to PDF using WPS and I was never offered a video. All I can say is give WPS a shot and see how it goes.


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 04:09 PM

Thanks for more inside info John, will have to pull the trigger with something here soon.  I will read up a little more tonight, and am looking at this right now.

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-microsoft-office-alternatives-5-suites-to-save-you-money-1139295


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 05:39 PM

Wow, L.O. Has a good fight going with M.S. Office here.  They are both full of key features but vary quite a bit.  And...at the bottom of that page there are some really good articles on the difference between the two.  Surprized LO wins here when I've seen some issue with LO and Calc vs. Excel.

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Feature_Comparison:_LibreOffice_-_Microsoft_Office


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 07:04 PM

Thanks again John, I downloaded LibreOffice for multiple reasons.

1. It rated the best

2. I use it on Linux

3. Lot's of documentation

4. Well, just got tired of reading lol

 

I will try and find time to try some more, but WPS had some bad reviews because folks felt like they were being handcuffed with some of the features.  I did look like the best to start out so that one may in second in line for an install.  I wonder if I can install it anyway and not have compatibility issues?

 

I see now that Softmaker has a good Forum, WPS don't as far as I can see.  Need more time to test! but don't have it.

 

Libre already seems like it is slowing my pc down, but have no data to back that up.  It seems to function better on Linux, and every time I open something there is no icon telling me that it is loading...wait...that may be my pc, seems to be doing this with Chrome also.  It's a fresh install so don't know why it would be doing that.  I don't have any funky tweaks, things are pretty fresh, so will have to report back.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 09:03 AM

Yeah, I have Libre Office on my linux box and use that most of the time for spreadsheets. It does a very good job of opening old Works spreadsheets.






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