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Moving Away from OpenOffice?

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Recently it's been a little more apparent that OpenOffice seems a little stagnant. It has all the feature I'll need for say, my studies, but it seems a little too slow and bulky for a personal word processor (I'm only gonna be talking about OOo Writer) so I took a look into two alternatives:

Abiword:
This is by far my favourate of all the word processors I've used. It's fast, has all my favourate file formats (.doc, PDF, .odf, .docx and more), has a similar look to OOo but without all those toolbars, is cross-platform and is mature. It has all the standard features and uses a dictionary to spell check. The beauty of it isn't that it has a bonanza of features, it's that it has the features you need and puts them forward in the simplest way possible. Screenshot are available here: http://www.abisource.com/screenshots/

Google Docs:
This may not come to mind when you think of word processing but if you always have the internet available to you it's pretty handy or if you don't want to take up your hard-drive space. It supports documents, presentations, spreadsheets and online forms. It is officially supported on recent versions of the Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome browsers running on Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems. But there is a limit on how much a user can store on their account, and files may only be uploaded or downloaded one at a time. Documents may not exceed 500k, embedded images must not exceed 2MB each, and spreadsheets are limited to 256 columns, 200,000 cells, and 99 sheets. A user can have a total of 5,000 documents and presentations, 5,000 images, 1,000 spreadsheets, and 100 PDFs at one time. It also has support for .doc, .xls, .docx and .xlsx. I really like it and it works pretty well, though I wouldn't use it unless I want to type something up on my phone or am on someone elses computer and want to access my files without bringing a flash drive or something. Definitly try it out though you do need a Gmail account to use it.

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joezim007 Icon

03 August 2009 - 08:42 PM
I just can't move away from Microsoft Office 2007 right now. The ribbon interface has me stuck and aesthetics have become too important to me. Open Office and Abiword and all those other alternatives are still stuck with the beige color and lack of gradients and dimension. I hate being stuck on paid software when you can effectively do the same thing with free software, but I just have so much more fun with Office 2007. :(
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abgorn Icon

04 August 2009 - 06:01 AM

joezim007, on 3 Aug, 2009 - 07:42 PM, said:

I just can't move away from Microsoft Office 2007 right now. The ribbon interface has me stuck and aesthetics have become too important to me. Open Office and Abiword and all those other alternatives are still stuck with the beige color and lack of gradients and dimension. I hate being stuck on paid software when you can effectively do the same thing with free software, but I just have so much more fun with Office 2007. :(

Me too, I'd be on Office 2007 if I weren't on Linux and couldn't be bothered to use Wine. Though I wish OOo would use something like the Flamingo library because since OOo is an Office replacement it should at least look like it! The Flamingo has a ribbon component so why not?
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WolfCoder Icon

04 August 2009 - 06:16 AM
And I thought Mac users would go after something just because it's "shiny"... Haha, I like OpenOffice because it doesn't cost an arm and a leg and isn't Microsoft. I just wish it were faster, I'm thinking the suite is going to run as slow as anything on one of those new DELL microcomputers.
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abgorn Icon

04 August 2009 - 06:38 AM
I agree with Mark Shuttleworth when he said pretty is a feature :P , but your right, OOo is pretty slow.
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Tom9729 Icon

04 August 2009 - 03:20 PM
I've been using Abiword for a few years, it is pretty nice. Also Gnumeric is nice if you're looking for an Excel clone.
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Raynes Icon

28 January 2010 - 01:06 AM
Lyx is pretty awesome. I'm actually writing a novel using Lyx.
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