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Software Review – OpenOffice.org 3 – Free Office Suite for Windows, Mac, Linux and more…

OpenOffice.org version 3 is the latest version of a completely free Office Suite. Version 3 was released on the 13 October and in about a month clocked up Twelve Million (12,000,000) downloads from the main site. The actual number of installed copies is most likely much higher as some Linux users may have downloaded through a package repository or from their distribution and of those downloads some may have been installed multiple times.

See: News – OpenOffice.org 3 released

So what’s it all about and why is it so popular

OpenOffice.org is the leading Open Source Office suite. It comprises of a Word Processor (Writer), a Spreadsheet (Calc), a Presentation program (Impress), a vector graphics application (Draw), a Database (Base) and an Equation Editor (Math). These are all available in a free 12MB download file(free), or get a copy on cd – get a friend to give you a copy (completely legal) – or buy from a disk reseller (usually under £10).

If you are used to other Office suites then you should have no problems getting to grips with OpenOffice.org. There are a few options under different menus, but otherwise it is very similar.

It’s completely free. Not only that, but it includes applications that are sometimes only available in the more expensive versions of alternative OfficeSuites.

It runs on most operating systems, so if (like me) you both Windows and Linux then you can use the same application for both. It will also open most other office formats (with some incompatibilities – eg. scripting).

Last but not least it’s main file format is the Open Document Format which is ratified as an official format and is free from patents and other restrictions. This might not seam such a big deal, after all your current files are in a program that is well supported currently, but will that be the case in the future – and will you still have the program able to read it then. For example I have a number of documents that I wrote at University which I can no longer read as I don’t have the version of Microsoft Works originally used to create the files. For me it’s annoying, but for a business it could have both legal and financial repercussions.

Other reviews

Don’t just take my word for it you can also read the following reviews:

Download it now and use it for free – forever

The great thing is that because it’s free you have nothing to lose. So download it today and give it a go – it’s free and you may end up replacing your current Office Suite.

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5 Responses to “Software Review – OpenOffice.org 3 – Free Office Suite for Windows, Mac, Linux and more…”

  1. » Print-Your-Own Christmas Gift Tags - Stewart Watkiss Blog Says:

    […] I’ve created my own print-your-self gift tags. These are easy enough to create using a bit of clipart and a vector drawing package such as Draw in OpenOffice.org. To save you the hassle you can just download and print off the […]

  2. » Happy New Year - 2009 - Stewart Watkiss Blog Says:

    […] buggy (early versions of KOffice was almost impossible to use). This has seen a dramatic change. OpenOffice.org is now an easy rival to Microsoft Office (including some features only available in the top-end […]

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    […] OpenOffice.org Graphics is used to create the artwork for the DVD and DVD case labels. The DVD can then be played in a commercial DVD player. […]

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    […] than just put it in the book I’ve also created an online PDF version using OpenOffice.org (free Office suite) so that we can keep a copy for future and so that it can be shared with […]

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