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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Word to the Wise: Writer 638C

Oct 20, 2001, 07:51 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"...Early observers of OpenOffice might remember that many of the features from StarOffice 5.2 were cut out of the first builds of OpenOffice, such as the Help system and spell checking. This was done because these tools were initially third-party applications. The Help system has been completely revamped and, while the interface is identical to StarOffice 6.0's, it seems that build 638 of OpenOffice has slightly more help entries than than its counterpart. Spell-checking, in case you were wondering, is back as well.

As you can see in the screenshot I took for this column, the interfaces are almost identical for StarOffice and OpenOffice. But there is one significant difference: font-handling. In this, OpenOffice appears to lag behind just a bit. In the screenshot, I have opened a Word document that deliberately has fonts not loaded yet on my Linux machine. While both interfaces give the Courier font a "scrunched" look, StarOffice seems to handle the nonnative font a little bit better. Also, if you look closely at the application's own fonts, OpenOffice's menu and window contents have a jagged look.

Is this enough to kill off any chance of using this application? Certainly not. In fact, based on what I have seen with these two applications, I am more inclined to recommend OpenOffice over StarOffice, especially for home and small business users."

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