The Jem Report: StarOffice 7 [Review]
Sep 22, 2003, 14:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Sun's new StarOffice 7 is, to begin with, a vast improvement
over its predecessor. The new features incorporated into
StarOffice7 make it one of the premiere office suites currently
available, and its low cost certainly makes it the best value.
"If you're used to OpenOffice.org or StarOffice 6, the first
thing you'll notice about StarOffice 7 is that it starts much more
quickly. Although I don't have an accurate method of reliably
measuring the time it takes to start the program, I'd say its about
twice as fast as StarOffice 6.
"New functions include export to PDF and Macromedia Flash; a
configuration manager which makes it easy to set up a secure,
shared work environment; and accessibility enhancements that add
support for alternative input devices and third-party accessibility
applications (which are not included with the suite) such as voice
recognition utilities. StarOffice 7 also introduces document
recovery for damaged or corrupted files, although I wasn't able to
test this feature. Historically features like this have never given
the desired results--in other words if a file becomes corrupt,
you've lost at least some portion of your work and no recovery
option can bring it back; all it can do is repair the file
formatting so it can be read from and written to again.
Theoretically no one should ever need this, because we all keep
current and tested backups of our important work, right...?"
StarOffice 7 at First Glance(Sep 17, 2003)