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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 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...?"

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