Wednesday Nov 18, 2009

Last Week's OpenOffice Reviews


1. Why I Dumped Microsoft Office – epmonthly.com, 11/11
The blogger has been using OpenOffice 3.2 beta for a week and said, “this program rocks...the developers of OpenOffice have really made a lot of great improvements.” He said the OpenOffice suite has “a good 90% of the functionality of Office 2003,” and pointed out that “there is a low learning curve for the transition between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.”
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2. 9 Best Free Alternatives to Paid Commercial Software – danzyworld.blogspot.com, 11/11
Blogger Dan said “OpenOffice replicates almost all of the same, functionality, menus, and even file formats,” of Microsoft Office, making it a viable alternative. He said “for most fans of the old office, or students who just need to jam out a paper now and then without paying Microsoft, it will do the trick.”

3. 10 Helpful & Useful Apps for Small Business – infusionblog.com, 11/9
Joe Manna, in discussing the top 10 apps for a small business, said OpenOffice has “a great core set of apps that allow you to author documents, presentations, and spreadsheets with ease.” He said the office suite is often “underrated,” but that it is “very suitable for many small businesses and entrepreneurs.”

4. 4 FREE Online Tools that you SHOULD be using in ANY business – blog.momekh.com, 11/7
The blogger, who has been using OpenOffice for the past 9 months said, “Not once have I 'missed' any of the features available in MS Office.” He continued to say, “all said and done, OpenOffice has served me just fine. I would go ahead and say that it is perfect because apart from being a direct replacement of the most popular office software, OpenOffice is free.”

5. OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 for Mac: first impression – aryadn.posterous.com, 11/7
The blogger was pleased to see the “command + shift + right arrow or left arrow” was again available in Calc of the 3.1.1 release of OpenOffice. He said of the entire suite “it's much more stable,” and said because of that “I'm putting the schedule to shift my staff from Microsoft Office users into OpenOffice users.”

6. Lesser Known, But Very Helpful Features in OpenOffice.org Writer – linux.com, 11/5
Jack Wallen highlighted several lesser-known features available in OpenOffice Writer to include notes, mail merge, and styles and formatting, all of which he said can be used “to make OpenOffice Writer work as a much more powerful tool in your office.”

Tuesday Nov 10, 2009

Recent OpenOffice Reviews


1. Countdown to OpenOffice 3.2 – Writer -– togsolutions.com, 11/4
The blogger is writing a multi-part series looking at the new and upgraded features coming in the 3.2 release of OpenOffice. He focused on changes to Writer in this post, saying they “should prove to be very useful” highlighting upgrades to the word correct-auto complete, alternative text for writer objects, and apply style shortcut functions.
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2. A Guide to Locating Free Database Software –- articleszoom.org, 11/4
David Ryan described OpenOffice as “a professional level set of programs available free,” noting that as a group it is “well-matched with Microsoft Office.” He recommended the software suite for Base, noting that it is SQL compliant and runs on a variety of systems.

3. Freight Broker Training Resources –- atex.typepad.com, 11/3
Blogger John Thomas described OpenOffice as a “slick resource that will give you everything you need to view spreadsheets, documents, and PDF files.” He also pointed out that a word document can be easily converted into a PDF file with the click of a button in OpenOffice.

4. OpenOffice vs Microsoft Office –- inetengineers.com, 11/1
Jaimie Dobson tested OpenOffice this past week and said he would highly recommend the office productivity suite to a budget conscious business owner not only because it is free, but it has “loads of free add-ons and templates, looks and works like MS Office including the same keyboard shortcuts, [and] will open MS Office documents.”

5. Microsoft Office: Free Alternatives Are Available –- secalgarynews.com, 10/31
In discussing options to MS Office the blogger said “many people like the features and appearance of OpenOffice,” which closely resembles MS Office 2003, and may “actually seem an improvement in appearance and organization” versus Office 2007. However, he noted that OpenOffice cannot save in the new proprietary MS Office 2007 formats, which can lead to compatibility issues.

6. 6 must have add-ons to enhance your OpenOffice.org experience -– ghabuntu.com, 10/29
The blogger said one of the greatest aspects of OpenOffice “is the extent to which you can customize it with the thousands of freely available add-ons.” He then listed his six favorite add-ons that he said will “take your OpenOffice.org to the max.”

7. Install OpenOffice on Ubuntu 9.04 (command line method) -– iggyvibal.wordpress.com, 11/5
The blogger posted a tutorial that demonstrated how to install OpenOffice in Ubuntu 9.04 using the command line.

8. Base and Impress Tutorial Videos for ShowMeDo -– blog.procasts.co.uk, 11/3
Ian Ozsvald posted two free introductory tutorial videos for using OpenOffice Impress and OpenOffice Base. The remainder of the series, 8 total for Base, and 3 total for Impress, are available inside ShowMeDo for paying members or existing authors.

Thursday Aug 13, 2009

OpenOffice.org 3.1 deep dive from PC Pro


PC Pro's Simon Jones published a deep-dive review of OpenOffice.org 3.1 and said the update “brings some welcome features and some much needed polish to the nearest thing Microsoft Office has to a competitor.”

Simon highlighted the new anti-aliasing of graphics, which he noted “greatly improves the clarity of charts and drawings,” and the showing of shadow objects while dragging, saying both of these features alone make OpenOffice “look much more professional.”

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There were several new features Simon found to be of value in Calc, including the zoom control on the status bar, the displayed hints about syntax functions as a formula is typed, and the auto-complete of the function names. He described sorting in Calc to be more logical and consistent, saying this “makes for a big improvement in usability.” Simon also noted the removal of some performance bottlenecks, which resulted in a faster calculation speed of large, complicated workbooks.

Simon also detailed the improved commenting feature available in Writer, along with the new file locking implementation included in the suite, which allows a user to tell if a file is already opened by someone else, even if that person is using a different OS.

Overall, a nice deep dive indeed!

Monday May 11, 2009

Positive OpenOffice.org reviews in PC World and The Register


Over the weekend, OpenOffice.org 3.1 got couple of very positive reviews.

Scott Gilbertson of The Register says OpenOffice.org 3.1 has met the most important criterion of any software upgrade by being "considerably snappier than its predecessor." He notes that ordinary tasks such as opening new documents and inserting charts happened faster "than what we were used to under version 3.0," stating that "you'll definitely appreciate the improvement."
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Scott says the biggest change to the new release is the "much-improved" graphics handling that allows graphics to "look much more refined." He notes that the upgrade was a long time coming, but now that it has arrived he says "OpenOffice.org graphics finally look every bit as good as the competition."

In a PC World review, Rodney Gedda noted that the new version has made "big improvements in usability and the user interface." He highlights the "dramatic performance improvements" in Calc to include improved sorting of cells, additional functions for statistical analysis, and formula hot hints. He also notes an increased ease-of-use with Calc's new zoom slider control, and the ability to rename sheets with a simple double click.

Rodney was also impressed with improved file locking that not only prevents "people accidentally overwriting other's changes" but allows collaborative document editors to now have a "structured conversation" through the updated comments feature.

Monday Apr 06, 2009

Recent OpenOffice Reviews


Last week Computerworld featured an image gallery of the 25 most anticipated open source releases of the coming year, including OpenOffice.org 3.1. The slide notes, "OpenOffice.org 3.1 adds a bunch of new features that make it ever-more-similar to (maybe even better than) You-Know-Who's office suite, from notes in the margin (that you can comment on) to better drag-and-drop for graphics objects. You can download the developer build and decide for yourself."
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Dmitri Popov from Linux Magazine assured readers that they did not have to be an expert to get started with OpenOffice's Basic programming interface. "This is because OpenOffice.org comes with its own Basic-based programming language," he said. Dmitri added that although OpenOffice Basic was not the most difficult programming language, it still required some time and effort, especially for non-programmers. In his article, Dmitri aimed at providing a few pointers and code snippets to readers, so that they could put OpenOffice Basic to some practical use without learning the language from scratch.

In a E-Commerce Times post suggesting cost cutting measures around the office, Dana Gardner and a panel of experts recommended the use of OpenOffice as they believed MS Office to be a "big fat cow that needed to be sacrificed." They propagated the use of open source solutions like OpenOffice and StarOffice that would "go a long, long way toward saving money."

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