May 28, 2007

Open Office

A couple months ago, I got a new laptop. My old one had started offering up the occasional disturbing glitch and had passed its warranty. It also had other compatibility issues due to the latest state of the hardware that could be purchased when it was new, without racking up an insanely large bill, that is. For reasons we won't be sidetracked into, I ended up without MS Office software to install on it.

With all the traveling and other things lately, I hadn't got around to fixing this situation. Since I largely use my computer as a glorified word processor and internet kiosk, the new computer languished in idleness. This offended me mightily. Yesterday, someone suggested that I try Open Office. I did.

It took less than half an hour to download on DSL and it was a painless installation that hasn't crashed Vista. It's free. I've so far only needed the word processing application, Writer, but it works great and it's felt like there was virtually no learning curve switching over from Word. The documents are supposed to be compatible and I had no problem opening the Word documint I've been working on in Writer. And it was free. I really, really like that part.

Did I mention that it's free?

Almost forgot: It can save your documents as .pdf files. Sweeeet!

Posted by natasha at May 28, 2007 09:14 PM | Technology | Technorati links |

Open Office is great, I have been using it for over a year and a half. I still have dialup and did pay $7.00 for A CD.

Posted by: Ron Beasley at May 29, 2007 11:41 AM

I've been using OO for several years now. Mac folks can get a native version NeoOffice.

Another nice thing about it is that it's more forgiving of problems in MS Office files; I've used it on numerous occasions to rescue corrupted powerpoint files.

Posted by: BruceJ at May 29, 2007 04:09 PM

I like "OO" too. I haven't tried the presentation software yet, but both the "writer" and "calc" are pretty intuitive and it seems as if OO uses less RAM resources than MS Office.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at May 30, 2007 05:18 PM