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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:02 am    Post subject: Just discovered OpenOffice - WOW Reply with quote

I am setting a laptop for my daughter who is starting college. Of course, with all the expenses, I was looking for any way to save money. I got a decently priced laptop($500 1.3 GHz AMD Sempron, 40 GB HD, 512 MB RAM, DVD-CDR, Wireless, 15" screen, Windows XP) but of course it didn't come with MS Word for that price.

Searching for a reasonable alternative I came across OpenOffice. I installed it, and was immediately impressed with everything about it, features, desgin, compatibility. I have not used it yet myself, but it looks like it would serve perfectly well for a college student's needs.

I am going to try using OpenOffice myself, but until I become knowledgeable about what it can do, I was wondering if someone tell me if OpenOffice is lacking anything that would make it impractical for a college studentto use.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a student and find it does just about everything I need. It does of course depend upon the subject being studied. I'm studying Physics so I find the plotting functions rather lacking which is why I use gnuplot for graphs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've come across OOo this week and believe me, in computer terms, it is the best thing that came across my path in the last decade. See my comments in this thread:http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=21868 I also made one or two comparisons with MS Word in that posting. This program beats MS Office hands down, and it's for free, unbelievable! For general use, and even for most specialised uses, you cannot beat it. Do not even consider searching further. Browsing through the bulitin board, you might come accross a couple of individuals who try to make a point about Laytex. Ignore them, they are biased. OOo is not intended as a printing layout program. It is a very powerful word processor, and nothing in the maket beats it currently. Enjoy the program, it pleasently surprises you all along as you work with it. (I hope you are using ver. 2.0?)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O yes, and make sure that both you and your daugter read the sticky titled: ": Text Formatting with Writer" which is currently posted on the board. In text processing terms, it is of crucial importance to learn the correct formatting protocol right from the outset. One tends to be lazy and too easily just go through a document making local formatting changes all the time. This is wrong! Especially if you regularly create longer (more than two page) documents, this way of working will cause you infinite agony in the end.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

9point9 wrote:
I'm a student and find it does just about everything I need. It does of course depend upon the subject being studied. I'm studying Physics so I find the plotting functions rather lacking which is why I use gnuplot for graphs.


Windows? You might find programs more dedicated to graphing functions generally, and not surprisingly to be more useful. A long time back I used a DOS program, "Calculus Calculator", and it still works well, even in Windows XP. In fact, go to archives.math.utk,edu for that and lots of others, such as Graphmatica. If getting serious though, you might find for graduate studies you'll do well to have/learn Graphmatica [absurdly expensive], Mupad [there's an academic break], Derive, and such perhaps more useful. Also, do take a look at the McKichan software, Scientific Notebook, and that family.

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