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  • OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 Suite (News Reference)

    (Note: This post is in Publication Discussion because it pertains to a News post)

    As I stated on the news blurb on the TweakTown front page, OpenOffice.org is a viable alternative to MS Office. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: How can something FREE be a competitor against something like Microsoft Office?

    Well, that's pretty simple actually. You get a huge community of developers who don't think US$500 is a reasonable price tag, allow anyone to contribute their ideas and knowledge, and you just might have yourself a winner.
    <ul>
    <li>It's a 50MB download (for the Windows form), and a 135MB install.
    <li>It can be installed in 25 different languages.
    <li>You can install it on as many computers as you wish.
    <li>It's XML based system creates small, yet powerful documents. MS Office is just now integrating this into their new Office 11 Suite.
    <li>It can read Microsoft documents (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
    <li>Their HELP files are very detailed. For once I was actually able to figure out how to use something by using "Help".
    </ul>

    Here are some screenshots I made while testing its abilities:
    <blockquote><a href="http://images.tweaktown.com/news/OOo1.jpg" target="_blank">OpenOffice.org Installation 1</a>
    <a href="http://images.tweaktown.com/news/OOo2.jpg" target="_blank">OpenOffice.org Installation 2</a>
    <a href="http://images.tweaktown.com/news/OOo3.jpg" target="_blank">OpenOffice.org Installation 3</a>
    <a href="http://images.tweaktown.com/news/OOo4.jpg" target="_blank">OpenOffice.org Writer (Word)</a>
    <a href="http://images.tweaktown.com/news/OOo5.jpg" target="_blank">OpenOffice.org Calc (Excel)</a>
    <a href="http://images.tweaktown.com/news/OOo6.jpg" target="_blank">OpenOffice.org Impress (PowerPoint)</a></blockquote>
    As I recall someone saying: "The hardest habit to kick is the Microsoft habit." There ARE viable alternatives out there, all you have to do is look.

    Linkage:
    http://www.openoffice.org/
    http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/features.html
    Chris "Raven"
    News Crew - TweakTown
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    Looking good. Will have to download soon I think.

    Anything FREE is good!
    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
    Managing Director
    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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