OpenOffice 3.0.1 Final

OpenOffice.org is an open-source, multiplatform and multilingual office suite comparable with MS Office.

It is compatible with all other major office suites and is free to download, use, and distribute. It was previously known as StarOffice before it became an open-source project. OpenOffice comes with OpenWriter - a word processor, OpenCalc - a spreadsheet and OpenImpress - a presentational package.

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Thanks for the update. I've long since stopped using OOo more or less but I'll install this to see what's improved.

I still use AbiWord more than anything else now though, small, fast, open source and awesome.

Is there something equivalent to Microsoft Publisher in this?

When people tell me they want Microsoft Office, I ask them "do you need Outlook?"
If they say "No", then I tell them to just get OpenOffice.

One person asked if it did what Publisher did. I didn't know what to tell them.

The grammar settings are there but no module for it is installed??? Grammar checking won't activate or whatever for some reason. (If it requires stupid java installed, oh well I guess.)

For what it's worth, I think OOo is great. I don't need all of the bells and whistles MSFT Office offers, and I never do any business-critical work. It's just a really great tool to have handy. The added/improved grammar correction feature almost brings it up to speed with the competitors. Thumbs up for me.

Aww man, I was hoping that I could make a full switch to OOo, but it breaks formatting of any Office document. You know, like a webpage that breaks in IE when it looks fine in Firefox? Plus the fact that OOo is so slow and clunky. I am willing to spend for Office 2003 than use OOo.

OOo is a copycat of Office 2003, and there's a better copycat of that, it's called KingSoft Office:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/07/14/k...nt-alternative/

I recommend KingSoft Office over OOo.
However, now that Office 2007 is out, I recommend Office 2007 above all the software I mentioned here!

It's miles behind MS Office? Oh...wait... no that's been true for a while now.

It is a bit zippier and it's grammar highlighting was supposedly improved radically.. not sure haven't seen any difference.

Rolith said,
It's miles behind MS Office? Oh...wait... no that's been true for a while now.

It is a bit zippier and it's grammar highlighting was supposedly improved radically.. not sure haven't seen any difference.


and it's still free.. i don't see any point in cashing out loads of money for ms office, when i just need basic options for writing, presentations and so forth. openoffice covers that and more.

OO.o does everything I need of it. It opens documents my Windows-using friends send me. I use it and send spreadsheets to use at work on their MS Office systems, and haven't had a problem yet.

Tell me, why should I spend $79 to do what I already do for free? And every new OO.o update, also free. Not so with MS Office.

I am not seeing an upside here.

Rolith said,
79$ for 3 licenses is "loads of money"? or $40 if you're a student... for a MUCH superior product...

Uhm... $79/40? Probably only where you live. Office licenses have three digits.

Rolith said,
79$ for 3 licenses is "loads of money"? or $40 if you're a student... for a MUCH superior product...

79$ for Office ??????????

Where do you live ?????????

Here Standard Office is 500$ CAD (300$ for upgrade) and Student is 150$ CAD. Pro is 690$ CAD (410$ for upgrade).

For the average user OpenOffice does the job. I was about to pay for Office standard (i'm not a student) then i tried OpenOffice 3 and decided that my 500$ would be WAY better spent elsewhere.

I watched eBay for a while for Office 2007 standard and i could not find the non upgrade, non student, non bla bla bla packaged version for under 200$ over eBay. This is still a lot of money for a used copy that could not be what the sellers said it was.

BTW this is about OpenOffice and not Office.