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#1 georgia

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 03:51 AM

I am thinking about Open Office for my daughters notebook if I can't get the student Microsoft Office 2003 as that is all that she needs.
However it seems to be an elusive proggy now that 2007 is out.
I have been in and out of different forums and seen some discussion about the program having some problems????

I really would like to have Outlook instead of Express for her as she has a Palm but the price of 2007 and her need for its bells and whistles is simply not warranted.

I would appreciate experienced members comments as usual they are always like a good thermometer!!!!

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 08:46 AM

My free advice -

the program is free, why not try it and make your own decision?


If you go to other forums that discuss MS Office 2007, you'll read about problems with it, too, as you can about virtually any program.

Open Office has it's own forum - http://www.oooforum.org/forum/h e r e, if you haven't checked it out already.

I use Open Office on one PC, and haven't had any problem, although my usage is very light.


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Posted 17 June 2007 - 11:07 AM

I too, use OO.o almost exclusively. You can save as and retrieve MS Office files quite easily; in only the most complex of documents or spreadsheets (or those with lots of macros) have I seem any problems, and this is with translation from OO to MS. You get a good word processor, spreadsheet, database, and presentation program. If you daughter is familiar with MS Office, then she would have no problem using OO.o. While the documentation for OO.o is somewhat less than with MS Office, it is improving drastically now that there is a concerted effort to provide something more than the most basic manuals.
I would certainly give OO.o a try---after all it is free for the downloading.
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 05:13 PM

I like it, my wife has issues with Excel., but she's been using business apps. for years As far as not liking Outlook Express, there are plenty of other email programs out there to try.
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 06:17 PM

Thunderbird is a nice, free email app and it's (IMO) easier to use than Outlook. I use Office 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007 right along with Open Office. If you're used to the Office suite then it'll take a bit of work to get used to the Open Office - but after that it's smooth sailing!
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 11:01 PM

OO.org 2.2 is very nice. Although there are some issues with translation from a proprietary file type (MS) you run into the same issues using older versions of Office. I use Oo.org exclusively and it does as much as MS if not more. (Cant remember if Word has the abiltiy to create PDF files)

Thunderbird and Eudora are excelent replacements for Outlook Express. also you could use SeaMonkey (Mozilla) and you can do away with Outlook, IE, Outlook Express.

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