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Updating OpenOffice/LibreOffice?


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#1 F1Help

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 11:29 AM

Hi,

For many years I have been successfully creating my documents in Writer/Calc using a now old version of OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 on Windows.  I would like to update to a latest release version.  There are two issues that I have:

1) Should I go with OpenOffice or LibreOffice?

2) If I go with LibreOffice (or even the latest OpenOffice), will I still be able to use my documents without problems?

Thanks.



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Posted 23 November 2017 - 01:26 PM

1)  Take your pick.

 

2)  Yes


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 03:07 AM

Just watch for file format extensions if you change products; and be sure to either convert or re-save to the file format (file extension) that you need.

 

These days, I know not to save files in whatever native proprietary format the product defaultly saves into.  None of this ODF extension.  I will now be sure to save mine as DOC or DOCX (if this is available).

 

My current choice for spreadsheeting and word processing is PlanMaker, and either TextMaker or Jarte.  Another good choice if you like it may be WPS Office for both spreadsheets and word processing.



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Posted 24 November 2017 - 09:25 AM

It is not the formats that either OpenOffice or LibreOffice use that are proprietary, they are open source just like the software.

 

All of the MS-Office file formats are proprietary, but they're "open secret" proprietary since Microsoft certainly wants other office software to be able to read them.  MS-Office can also open the file formats used by OpenOffice and LibreOffice as well.


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 11:19 AM

I normally save files out in the native format as this should preserve formatting.  I can export a version of a file for Microsoft Office users if needed.

 

From what I have read there is not much difference between OpenOffice and LibreOffice.  I would probably go for LibreOffice for the reasons discussed here:

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/187663/openoffice-vs.-libreoffice-whats-the-difference-and-which-should-you-use/

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/whats-the-difference-between-libreoffice-and-openoffice/



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Posted 25 November 2017 - 07:27 AM

Although I will probably use LibreOffice going forward, I will install the latest versions of both to compare.






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