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OpenOffice.org Opens up for Business

Apr 21, 2009, 01:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"Sharing documents While OpenOffice.org does fairly well saving in Microsoft Office formats, it's best to retain the default setting to save documents in OpenDocument formats.

"If you need to retain a few machines on Microsoft Office, either make OpenOffice.org the primary office suite or install the OpenXML / ODF Translator, Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Office 2007 SP2. Any of these will allow Microsoft Office to share ODF files with OpenOffice.org users.

"Chances are those with which you do business outside your organization use Microsoft Office. When sending documents externally, train your staff to click File -- Send -- Email as PDF or Email as Microsoft Word. In the future ODF may be the ideal exchange medium, but today PDF and Microsoft Office formats are the de facto standards. (Freedom purists should remember the specifications of the binary Microsoft Office file formats are covered by the Microsoft Open Specification Promise).

"Recommended extensions
OpenOffice.org is a breeze to enhance with many free extensions available at http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/. Here are a few favorites."

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