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Linux Magazine: StarOffice is a Stellar Suite

Dec 16, 2000, 20:31 (8 Talkback[s])
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"StarOffice does an admirable job of importing Microsoft Office documents with minimal problems. In testing, the only document that StarOffice refused to open was a password-protected Excel workbook. Word docs, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations offered no major challenges for StarOffice, though the document formatting did suffer a bit in the translation. Unfortunately, StarOffice concentrates almost solely on importing Microsoft Office docs and ignores Applix and Corel formats. This is a glaring omission for Linux users, as quite a few Linux companies do use Applix Office and Corel WordPerfect."

"The suite's interface is fairly intuitive and will seem very familiar to users migrating from Windows and Office. The integrated-desktop design of StarOffice is a bit clumsy, however. It isn't possible to simply start StarWriter by itself, the entire suite is launched for any task, no matter how trivial. StarOffice is not light on resources, and occasionally bogs things down quite a bit. The desktop "feature" of StarOffice is probably its biggest flaw, being unnecessary and generally annoying."

"All in all, StarOffice 5.2 is a good solution for anyone needing basic productivity software under Linux. While not quite a match for Microsoft Office, it should meet the needs of most ordinary users, and the price is certainly right."

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