Released January, 2010
The Pros:Free. Uses and helps promote the OpenDocument standard. Open-source software.
The Cons:Not as much support as MS Office (books, manuals, training). Not all Excel charting functions supported in Calc. No support for Excel macros (does support Word macros).
OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. To help build the community, join us.
StarDivision, the original author of the StarOffice suite of software, was founded in Germany in the mid-1980s. It was acquired by Sun Microsystems during the summer of 1999 and StarOffice 5.2 was released in June of 2000. Future versions of StarOffice software, beginning with 6.0, have been built using the OpenOffice.org source, APIs, file formats, and reference implementation. Sun continues to sponsor development on OpenOffice.org and is the primary contributor of code to OpenOffice.org. CollabNet hosts the website infrastructure for development of the product and helps manage the project. The OpenOffice.org source code includes the technology which Sun Microsystems has been developing for the future versions of StarOffice(TM) software. The source is written in C++ and delivers language-neutral and scriptable functionality, including Java(TM) APIs. This source technology introduces the next-stage architecture, allowing use of the suite as separate applications or as embedded components in other applications. Numerous other features are also present including XML-based file formats based on the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS and other resources.
Office Suite Applications
- Writer - word processor similar to Microsof Word
- Calc - spreadsheet software similar to Microsoft Excel
- Impress - presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint
- Base - database program similar to Microsoft Access
- Draw - vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW
- Math - A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor
The current stable release of OpenOffice is 3.1 and includes Office 2001 file format support.
User Reviews (17)
Uses and helps promote the OpenDocument standard
Simplified, more lightweight word processor (Writer vs. Word)
Very closely mimics the interface and functionality of Microsoft Office
Better interface than newer versions of MS Office
More efficient and less hardware resource-intensive than some major competitors
Ability to read and write to common proprietary file formats ensuring compatibility with wide variety of productivity software
Full support (including editing and saving) of PDF standard specification
Cross-platform application available under most common operating systems
Not as much support as MS Office (books, manuals, training)
Not all Excel charting functions supported in Calc
No support for Excel macros (does support Word macros)
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