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Photo diaries from travels around our humble globe are still being posted; the unemployment diary has been downsized as i am now employed! I hope to post stuff to keep you distracted from your respective employment.

Monday, December 05, 2005

OPENOFFICE is the free open source office suite that is fully compatible with MS office. I've never used it. But i'm considering it for my the machines we are soon to get for our church. Does anyone have experience with these packages? Please share!


  • At 11:39 PM, Blogger Andrew_ said…

    OpenOffice is pretty solid. It'll run any MS format file perfectly, and can save to MS formats too - although sometimes you lose a bit of definition or formating looks slightly different when reopened in MS Office. For what we would use it for at church I would say go for it. I couldn't justify spending the money on a legal copy of MS office when OpenOffice will do just as good a job for mostthings. The only real problem I have had was trying to save in .ppt format from the OpenOffice presentation program(sImpress) and then trying to play the presentation in Powerpoint made it looks ugly. But overall OpenOffice would be a good idea.

    For audio editing, I would also reccomend Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/). It is an open source alternative to expensive audio recording and editing software. I have used some really expensive audio editing software and found that Audacity works just as well.

  • At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Open Office is a solid replacement for MS Office. It opens and saves into all MS Office formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.) seamlessly. It is updated more frequently, and is 100% free. It runs best on Linux, also 100% free, but works in Windows as easily, as it is a Java-based application.
    For non-profit, low-budget groups like churches I would highly recommend using both Linux and Open Office to save the money, and increase the security level for multiple users.
    A great, easy, free Linux distribution is at ubuntulinux.com.
    It includes the latest Open Office in it's package.
    Don't be weary of the free label either. It's free because it's source code is freely available for all to improve upon. It is a collective work of art, not a profit-generating product.


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