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LinuxPlanet: Word to the Wise... StarOffice 5.2: The Next Generation from Sun

Apr 25, 2000, 17:21 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"Not everyone needs the same thing from a word processor, so we looked at features, usability, and power from the perspective of office professionals, clerical workers, and the student/home user. ... With those differences in needs in mind, we devised three tasks and looked at them from several perspectives."

"Though StarWriter comes with many features found in Word, those features are accessed in a manner that proved frustratingly dissimilar. While not a major argument against StarWriter, those looking to adopt the software in order to convert their Microsoft Office shop will have to consider training time. Unfortunately, the documentation included with the software is deficient and will hamper all but the most motivated learners."

"Though StarWriter came up a little shy on the highest end of features we've seen in word processors, it still earns a recommendation as a solid piece of software with features that will satisfy all but the most demanding users. General clerical workers and students will find themselves with more than they need, and creative "power users" will find plenty to keep them busy. Our primary concern with what is a polished and smooth application comes in when considering it for use for the simplest tasks, where it comes across as too resource hungry and cluttered."

"Clearly positioned as a thrust at Microsoft's office suite dominance, StarWriter is one to consider for almost any need except the most complex desktop publishing, or for those with the most modest requirements."

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