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OpenOffice 3: Useful, Compatible - and Pretty

Oct 30, 2008, 19:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Dolinar)

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"I've been using its predecessors for years and, broadly speaking, OO3 is the most useful, widely compatible software ever. You can run it on anything: Macs, PCs, Linux, Unix workstations. It includes six full-blown applications: the Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet, Impress presentations program, Base database program, Math equation editor, and Draw graphics program. And it doesn't cost a penny.

"The most interesting development is improved installation on the Mac. With previous versions you had to install a Unix windowing environment, X11, a non-trivial and potentially frustrating procedure that's an instant turnoff to many Macophiles. It also had a nonstandard look and feel. Now you just download and install OpenOffice and run it like any normal Mac application. If you own a Mac, it's worth trying."

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