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OpenOffice.org 2 Vs Star Office 8 : Please Help Me Decide

 
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Which Office Suite Should I choose ?
OpenOffice.org 2
84%
 84%  [ 16 ]
Star Office 8
10%
 10%  [ 2 ]
Microsoft Office 12
5%
 5%  [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 19

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:24 am    Post subject: OpenOffice.org 2 Vs Star Office 8 : Please Help Me Decide Reply with quote

I heard about Openoffice in an article titled Massive Linux Handout in French Schools. I was thrilled, I checked out the site and found it interesting.
OpenOffice 2 is almost ready and Star Office 8 is here.
Since Star Office has the same code as OpenOffice I'm in a dilemma
I read reviews saying Star Office is way better because it has all these additional features like templates, clip art, better dictionary/thesaurus etc.
I'm willing to spend the 50 bucks.
Please Help Me Decide which I should go for. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OpenOffice.org all of the way. Will you really need the improved features in Star Office? Templates and clipart can be downloaded for free from somewhere like ooextras.org so the fact that they come with Star Office can be ignored. The dictionary and thesaurus in OOo I find acceptable and you could always enter your own words in to the dictionary if you wish.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you going to use it for?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Well Reply with quote

I use it for presentation purposes (Impress), I use Word Processor (Writer) more than anything else. Calc will also be one of my primary uses.
I need Microsoft Compatability and its look and feel over anything else.

And 9point9 ooextras.org is unavailable, I think. http://ooextras.sourceforge.net/ this seems good.

And who voted that I should for MS Office in the poll
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AFAIK, filter compatability and UI are the same between OOo and SO. (StarOffice has additional filters and a macro converter.)

Calc<-->Excel compatability is always very good (other than macros, of course). You could even use Gnumeric.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 10:43 am    Post subject: what about impress and writer Reply with quote

what about impress and writer
i heard impress now has the ms powerpoint look and feel.
do impress and writer convert files correctly to ms formats.
and is their a difference between ooo and so when it comes to converting
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 10:51 am    Post subject: Re: what about impress and writer Reply with quote

cricketrocks wrote:
do impress and writer convert files correctly to ms formats.

No conversion can be considered correct unless a person checks the output. There will always be problems as *.doc is a closed format. I wouldn't use it.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: what about impress and writer Reply with quote

cricketrocks wrote:
what about impress and writer
i heard impress now has the ms powerpoint look and feel.
do impress and writer convert files correctly to ms formats.
and is their a difference between ooo and so when it comes to converting


Want to see the new Impress? Go to the Impress product page and click "Click here" for a demo.

I've never had a big problem converting from Impress to PowerPoint. I did a presentation this week without checking it. Of course, 9point9 is right, and your mileage may vary.

Just in case, I always export Impress to PDF and SWF in case the PPT looks bad. You can do presentations in any of those formats. For PDF, you can put Acrobat Reader (or Evince, etc) into full screen mode.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I generally find the compatibility between M$ Office and OOo dodgy. Formatting and appearance almost always come out wrong when I import a Word or PowerPoint document into OOo. Exporting from OOo to M$ Office works better so long as I stick to basic features.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:43 am    Post subject: huh Reply with quote

what kind of basic features do you mean
is corel compatible enough with ms Question
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:46 am    Post subject: Try OpO first Reply with quote

As OpO will cost you nothing, you should of course try out if it serves your purpose. Does it not, then you have ost nothing.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahz wrote:
AFAIK, filter compatability and UI are the same between OOo and SO. (StarOffice has additional filters and a macro converter.)

Calc<-->Excel compatability is always very good (other than macros, of course). You could even use Gnumeric.


According to Sun the StarOffice filters for Microsoft Office files are better.

Remember, if you are a student, teacher etc... you can download StarOffice 8 for free.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:00 pm    Post subject: i'm a student Reply with quote

i'm a student how do i download star office for free
ans thanks i so star office is better in converting stuff to and from ms office
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good!

First you have to create a MY SUN account at www.sun.com.

Then go to this URL:
http://www.sun.com/products-n-solutions/edu/solutions/staroffice.html#Education

Find this this sentence, and click on the link (you need to be logged in):

The quickest way for education institutional customers to download StarOffice and StarSuite for free.

Let me know if it worked for you.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:17 pm    Post subject: thanks man Reply with quote

thanks man it worked so i will be able to keep star office for free now
and whose look and feel is similar to ms office
is it openoffice or is it star office

pardon my english in previous posts i was typing pretty past
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