Looking for an alternative to MS Office?

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  1. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    I'm sure we've all used a variety of Office Suites ranging from Microsoft Office, Corel WP Office or Lotus (etc, etc...)

    If you are looking for an alternative to MS Office, but don't really want to shell out a couple hundred dollars (or UDS equiv.) you might consider checking out OpenOffice.org v1.0

    It is based on the source code of StarOffice 6.0 (Sun Microsytems), who themselves offered a free multi-platform version (StarOffice v5.2). Sun Microsystems no longer offers their free version, and have referred people looking for an excellent office suite to OpenOffice.org's site.

    OpenOffice has the same source code as the newly-released Sun Microsystems StarOffice 6.0, but is offered free of charge under the GPL.
    It is available for a variety of different languages and different platforms including: Linux, Windows (all versions) and Solaris - - - I believe there is also developers build for MAC OS too.

    I have tested it, and it seamlessly opened, edited and saved changes in a variety of my own MS Office XP documents ranging from Word .docs, Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint documents.

    It is really a nice package and best of all, it's completely free!
    A new version (1.0.1) is available now from their website.
    http://www.openoffice.org/

    Or Go Straight to the Download Page:
    http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/1.0.1/index.html

    NJoy :thumbsup:
  2. t0mmy

    t0mmy New Member

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    Thank you for the information, I'll check it soon!
    T0mmy
  3. §ereña

    §ereña **The Original Sin**

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    hey thnx for sharing artisan!!

    :thumbsup:
  4. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    actually, artisan, I know another "office alternative" and believe me it is good. its called "Microsoft works" I use office (well...word and exel, but i have the full pakage) and Microsoft works. It's cheap & cheerfull and it has ALL the fetures of microsoft office standard...and a few more templates.
  5. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Hey Flea - Yeah, I've used Works before. Cost aside (big consideration) I actually preferred Office to Works - both being from Microsoft. Considering the cost, Works is much more reasonable, and you're right - does come with a ton of templates & is generally easier to use than MS Office.

    Open office has a cross-platform advantage (There are setup packages for more OS than just Windows) and it is free to the public. It's all a preference thing though :thumbsup:
  6. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    yeah, works is well cheap...esp cuz i got the latest version free with my dads new toshiba lap-top :thumbsup:
  7. Micijanus

    Micijanus New Member

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    openoffice is more or less as strong as Office Xp Pro- its for free
    and runs in windows & Linux - you can save in any format - and read about any too! Thanks for them sharing this with us....
  8. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    I have just up-graded 2 office XP Pro Premieum. I got it free off Kazaa :p
  9. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    That's what I'm here for, Micijanus.
    Glad some of you found this useful :thumbsup:
  10. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    some being the key-word :p
  11. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    No no no...
    Wiseass being the keyword.
    :rolleyes:
  12. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    u mean SMART ass :)
  13. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Don't make me unleash my phenominal cosmic powers, dude...
    ;)
  14. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    wud this be something I would regret? :)
  15. liquidbond

    liquidbond New Member

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    but if u buy a new computer and it comes wit MS works that decent too. you don't have to spend they cash to buy office

    office i feel is overrated
  16. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    Liquidbond - For the price, I would mostly agree - Office very overrated.

    Flea - Ok... I guess smart ass will work... Better that than dumb ass, right?
  17. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    Office is VERY over-priced as well, for the best version it would cost £800 (about $1200 USD or $1600 Candaian) which is a bit of a ripp considering A> you can download pirate versions for free and B> MS works has basiucally the same fetures and costs £45

    and Yes artisan, Smart ass IS better than dumb-ass! lol
  18. liquidbond

    liquidbond New Member

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    wit the goin rates of computer u can get your self a new computer for about 600 wit a p4 1.8G, 256DDR and 40 GiG and that would come wit works so if u need a new computer and word processor get the new computer its way worth the money

    most users i believe don't need to go out and buy the best Office because it comes wit more junk that you dont need an it just cost more buy the basic one for around 200 and it comes wit everything that u'll need word, power point , excel and outlook. Only buy the high end if u need all the extra junk that it gives u
  19. theARTiSAN

    theARTiSAN Administrator Staff Member Super Mod

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    liquidbond makes a very good point here.
  20. advancedflea

    advancedflea Nude bodyprint maker

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    If I want a new version of office, I either pirate it or download it. I have office XP pro premium at the moment and I got it free off Kazaa.

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