Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

OpenOffice reviews and how-to articles


1. OpenOffice - the free office suite -- Bukisa, 2/17
The blogger provided an overview of OpenOffice.org including its history of origin, community surrounding this free open source software product and its different features. He recommended trying the product as " you could replace Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat - saving hundreds of dollars."
OpenOffice.org
2. OpenOffice 3: Useful, Compatible - and Pretty -- My Mp3 Player, 2/17
Touting OpenOffice as the "initiate spring challenger to Microsoft Office," the blogger announced that the OpenOffice.org looked bigger than ever. According to him, OpenOffice.org 3 was the "best, clever and most widely compatible software ever."

3. Taking Your Microsoft Office Templates, and Making Them Available in OpenOffice.org or StarOffice -- OpenOffice.org Training, Tips, and Ideas, 2/16
An OpenOffice.org and StarOffice instructor showed multiple ways of using Microsoft Office templates in OpenOffice.org and StarOffice.

4. How To Install An OpenOffice Dictionary Manually -- Xual - dedicated to users, 2/11
Sometimes the wizard to install dictionaries did not work for Xual, so she went ahead and presented a step by step guide on how to manually add a dictionary in OpenOffice.org.

5. OpenOffice is the best free open source Microsoft Office alternative -- Using Windows Blog, 2/10
The blogger was very frustrated with Microsoft Word's drawing capabilities. She tried OpenOffice Draw, and felt "an all new appreciation for the OpenOffice suite." The blogger found it a very well put together application and recommended trying this office suite.

6. OpenOffice.org: Tom's Budget Software Pick -- Tom's Macs Blog (About.com:Macs), 2/7
Tom Nelson noted that the OpenOffice.org suite had transformed itself into a more pleasant experience by adding a native OS X Aqua interface. Tom also noticed that one of the best things about OpenOffice.org was that it was a free open source application, thus saving hundreds of dollars to run a fully functional and highly productive office suite on the Mac.

Saturday Feb 21, 2009

PC Magazine's OpenOffice Tips & Tricks


PC Magazine's Edward Mendelson took a look at OpenOffice.org 3.0, highlighting "7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do" with the open source office suite. He noted, "OpenOffice.org 3.0 costs absolutely nothing but comes closer than anything else to letting you delete your copy of Microsoft Office (which probably cost you a lot)."
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The majority of his list are tips and tricks to get the most out of the application suite, but one item provided an Easter Egg 1990s-era shoot-'em-up Space Invaders game. ;-)

Edward's list also included instructions on how to perform tasks such as editing multiple parts of a document at the same time, using OpenOffice to open legacy documents, saving files in Microsoft Office format by default, automating actions via macros and changing the default single quote character.

Friday Feb 13, 2009

Recent OpenOffice Reviews


1. PRODUCT REVIEW: OpenOffice 3: Useful, Compatible - and Pretty -- 94blog-software34, 2/9
The blogger reviewed OpenOffice 3.0 and said it was "the most superlative multi-use, widely compatible software ever." He was impressed to see that it included six "full-blown" applications even though it was free, and the most exciting enlargement was enhanced inauguration on the Mac. He concluded that OpenOffice 3.0 did attain "a new assemblage of spiffier, and more modern-looking icon."

OpenOffice.org
2. OpenOffice.org 3 review -- Macworld, 2/9
John Brandon from Macworld reviewed OpenOffice.org 3.0 and called it "a powerful productivity suite with one major additional feature: it's free." John went on to say that "OpenOffice 3 is a major upgrade with plenty of new features, native OS support, and all the tools most people would need to get their work done." John gave OpenOffice.org three out of five stars.

3. Save money on software -- Thrifty Tips, 2/9
Blog Thrifty Tips recommended using OpenOffice.org -- a "great productivity suite" -- as a free alternative to Microsoft Office. He elaborated that not only did OpenOffice support graphics and databases, but it also offered word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. He considered OpenOffice as the ideal choice.

4. Free Software? No Problem -- Australian Bookkeepers, 2/9
The blogger listed several free alternatives to commonly used software, including OpenOffice.org. He wrote, "Consider this open-source word-processing program, which offers all the essentials and rarely crashes." He also added that OpenOffice made the whole process of producing PDF's "a snap" and yet demanded far less processing power than its rival.

5. iApprove: OpenOffice -- iApprove and other stuff, 2/9
Blogger Janette Morgan discussed her switch from WordPad to OpenOffice for her various needs that arose while writing novels. Though Janette had first tried OpenOffice because of the word counter, she ended up staying with it for various other reasons -- the most important one being the flexibility of OpenOffice's printer, which did not insist on taking dimensions.

6. 6 Software Programs To Help Your PC -- Identify Theft Internet, 2/8
John Jones declared OpenOffice to be one of the six must have software programs that helped PC's to perform better. John believed that with Word documents or PowerPoint presentations gaining prime importance, working with Microsoft Office documents no longer meant buying a copy of Microsoft Office due to the availability of OpenOffice. John also encouraged its use among businesses running on a tight budget and kids who wanted to write papers for school.

Thursday Jan 29, 2009

Redmond Magazine's positive OpenOffice review!!!


Redmond Magazine Editor-in-Chief Doug Barney has compiled a number of reader opinions around various facets of OpenOffice.org 3.0 in a very positive "Reader Review" of the suite.

"The interest in this open source suite is clearly high. After I asked for comments in my Redmond Report e-mail newsletter, 18 readers quickly wrote in and shared their OpenOffice.org experiences," he noted.
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Doug provided views and hands-on insights from his readers on various components of the product, including: installation, user interface, usability, stability, manageability, extensibility, innovation and performance.

Overall, the reader comments Doug shared are quite positive, especially as they relate to features and competitors.

Doug noted, "To battle OO.o and other rivals, Microsoft is turning Office into a system with tight integration with other Microsoft tools, a strategy that is in some regards working. 'If it wasn't for the promise of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server [MOSS], I would seriously question the expenditure on Microsoft Office within my organization,' Anderson says. 'I've frequently stated with executive staff that unless MOSS becomes an organizational strategy for our company, I see no value in spending money on upgrading Microsoft Office.'"

That's a pretty strong statement coming out of a Microsoft-focused publication! :-)

Thursday Jan 15, 2009

PC Magazine's Best Free Software of 2009 -- OpenOffice.org


OpenOffice.org 3.0 was included in PC Magazine's Best of Free Software 2009 report issued recently. It is also one of the 13 software applications to be listed among this year's Hall of Fame applications.

The article also links to a positive review of OpenOffice.org from the October 08 issue of PC Magazine, where it scored a 3.5/5 from editors and a 4/5 from readers.
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The Openoffice.org entry from PC Magazine is below.

140. OpenOffice [HALL OF FAME]
www.openoffice.org
Windows | Mac OS | Linux | Solaris

Version 3 of the freebie office suite ups the ante against Microsoft's hegemony, becoming fast and polished enough to warrant serious consideration by all, especially small businesses. It looks like MS Office 2003 (for those not in love with the Ribbon interface in Office 2007) and has all the tools -- except e-mail -- you'll ever need.

Read our Review of OpenOffice.org 3.0.

Wednesday Dec 17, 2008

MacWorld's OpenOffice.org 3.0 review


MacWorld's John Brandon reviewed OpenOffice 3.0, calling it a "a powerful productivity suite" and evaluating the individual applications in the suite. Brandon said that version 3.0 is a "major upgrade over the previous version, with plenty of new features, native OS support, and all the tools most people would need to get their work done."
OpenOffice.org
Now with native OS X support, Brandon found OpenOffice.org 3.0 to be "extremely fast," and noted he formatted a 200-page novel "at lightning speed." Brandon also found the same speed with Calc. Among other new features like OpenDocument 2.1 support, Brandon highlighted Writer's new editing notes that mimic Word's comment bubbles and a zoom slider on the status bar. The new workbook sharing feature was also liked by the reporter, as well as new importing capabilities in Impress, and overall multi-monitor support.

The reviewer found that the suite was missing the latest format templates in Office 2008, as well as other smaller features like Office's notebook view, multi-page printing and calendaring applications, though he noted this is "not a major gripe" as there are many options available.

Brandon summarized these updates by saying, "if you don't need all the bells and whistles of Microsoft Office, check out OpenOffice.org 3, a free productivity suite that has many of Office's capabilities." Overall, Brandon said, "it's speedy, feature-rich, and does what it says it will do very well. And if that's all you really need (and if you can live without the latest Office features), it's definitely worth the effort."

So try OpenOffice.org today!

Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

OpenOffice.org 3.0 User Reviews


1. OpenOffice.org -- Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library, 12/1
Tina Kiernan recommended users to opt for OpenOffice.org since "it is available in multiple languages for download and, let me repeat, is free!" Tina described the various features offered by OpenOffice that include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and database creation.

OpenOffice.org
2. Absolute Beginners Guide to OpenOffice 3.0 Writer -- Tech Babble, 11/30
According to Travo Cadavo, OpenOffice is gaining popularity amongst users around the world partly due to it being free and partly due to it being an amazing tool. He specifically liked some features such as saving as doc, saving as pdf, a great spell check library, and an easy to use interface that he really enjoyed. He wrote, "OpenOffice for me has just been an amazing journey past what Microsoft can offer."

3. OpenOffice 3.0 -- HBH Technology Blog, 11/29
Harry Hiles found OpenOffice.org 3.0 to be the best OpenOffice release yet, placing it on an even keel with Microsoft Office. He had "completely migrated" to OpenOffice for his document, spreadsheet and presentation needs. Delighted with OpenOffice he exclaimed, "There's nothing that I can't do with OpenOffice, and the best feature of all is that it is free!"

4. OpenOffice.org 3.0 - Who Said that if Free not Good? -- BrotherSoft Editor's Blog, 11/27
Raymond was glad to see that some great alternatives to Microsoft Office had been developed and improved throughout the years. He highlighted his favorite new features and enhancements for OpenOffice.org 3.0. "When OpenOffice.org 1.0 was released, no one could believe that software this good could be free of charge," he enthusiastically added, touting OpenOffice to be a "truly complete office package" which made transition from the Microsoft Suite much easier.

Tuesday Dec 02, 2008

OpenOffice.org 3.0 Reviews


1. OpenOffice Shakes Microsoft -- Australian IT, 12/2
David Frith notes that OpenOffice.org does "almost everything MS Office does but, unlike the Microsoft product, it's free... No cash upfront, no licensing fees, no advertising support." The article notes, "Steve Ballmer recently told a US business users' conference OpenOffice is the only one that Microsoft regards as serious competition... In the first four weeks after release, OpenOffice 3.0 was downloaded more than 12 million times."
OpenOffice.org
2. OpenOffice 3.0 a fresh blow for Microsoft -- The Sydney Morning Herald, 11/25
Adam Turner reported that Microsoft's cash cow Microsoft Office seemed to be under threat with the release of OpenOffice.org 3.0. He wrote, "The free OpenOffice suite replicates much of the functionality of Microsoft's stalwarts such as Word and Excel." Adam noted that not only did OpenOffice run faster on Leopard, but it was well deserving of being touted as "truly cross-platform." His conclusion: "Microsoft Office still has a place in many organizations, but OpenOffice 3.0 is a viable alternative for many people."

3. OpenOffice.org Dashboard Concept -- SolidOffice, 11/20
Benjamin Horst had been developing an idea to expand OpenOffice.org 3.0's Welcome Screen into a more complex home screen, similar to "Google Chrome's new tab screen. He uploaded a mockup to the OO.o Wiki in order to share his OpenOffice.org Dashboard concept for further discussion, and said that he had some plans to improve the current mockup. Benjamin believed that his Dashboard idea went well with his plans to make OpenOffice feel "more modern, configurable, and social."

Wednesday Oct 15, 2008

Positive PC Magazine and Computerworld reviews of OpenOffice.org


PC Magazine Review

PC Magazine's Edward Mendelson noted the offering is "the first and only application suite that can be seriously considered to be a substitute for the massive power and flexibility of Microsoft's suite."
OpenOffice.org
He described OpenOffice as "sleek and fast" and added, "OpenOffice.org doesn't include all of Office's features, but it adds some conveniences that Office can't provide, such as built-in PDF export and a single interface for opening and editing word-processing documents, HTML files, worksheets, presentations, and drawings."

Edward provided a view into all major OpenOffice applications and highlighted, "it's the only major application suite that runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with almost exactly the same feature set on all platforms."

Overall, he was quite positive of this release stating, "for the first time, I'm ready to recommend this new version as a viable alternative to Microsoft's offering. It still has rough edges, but it has an impressive feature set, a generally lucid interface, pure open-source credentials, and - in the current economic climate - the decisive advantage of being absolutely free."

Computerworld Review

In the review, Computerworld's Preston Gralla said, "if you're looking to save yourself plenty of money, download it instead of buying Microsoft Office --- you could save yourself hundreds of dollars, and not lose out on many features." Of the suite's applications, Preston placed most focus on Writer, where the software was complimented for having many single-click options in graphical options, as well as including tools for working in HTML. The wizards features across all applications also received praise for helping users start various documents.

Overall, Preston commented, "given that the full suite is free, this is one of the best deals you'll find in all of computing. It'll do just about anything you expect from an office suite, whether creating documents, spreadsheets, or presentations. You'll find solid formatting tools, as well as extras including mail merge, macros, charting capabilities, and more."

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