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Windows 7: Open Office?

22 Jan 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

You can even edit and revise any Microsoft Access database in Open Office base flawlessly....

1. From Microsoft Access export database into DBase format.

2. Open DBase format file with Open Office (it will be a calc file).

3. For database, connect to the Database as above. (May not see the file so create a directory for it and connect to that directory).

4. Click on table and the file should be there.

5. Open it and do what you will! The numbers add 3 zeros, but otherwise the same.

6. To print, must create Form or Report.

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22 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit

I use Open Office on my Linux which often comes preinstalled with it anyway, though the only one I've exploited much is Open Word Processor, yes, its just fine as it would support formats from MS Word but on the version I had of Open Office (on a Linux), it is set to save your work to .odt format which is to my knowledge, is unsupported by MS Word but you can choose to save to another format like doc, docx, rtf. However if you worked on MS Word to put some designs, bullets and some other enhancement effects, you might find those things unsupported by Open Office.

So here's my verdict on Open Office:

The Good:

1. Its Free.
2. It has lots of features that you might just find useful.
3. It supports formats that you usually save your MS Office works with.
4. It also comes with a portable build that can be installed on a flashdrive then used on another computer which doesn't install as much components in your computer and its registry. (MS Office suite installs thousands of keys in the registry.)

The Bad:

1. It just look unpolished compared to MS Office that if you got yourself hooked with MS Office's ribbon interface, eye candy icons and visual effects, you might find working on Open Office to be uneasy and you might think it sucks.

2. Its just not as technically advanced as MS Office as some apps on MS Office would immediately present beautiful templates to work with. Of course MS Office users would need some time to adjust themselves to Open Office.

3. The portable build of Open Office that I got was very prone to crashes on Windows 7, that I decided to take it out and put it on my flashdrive instead.

But overall, its just fair to use but it remains your choice.
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22 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Steve Ballmer Signature (jealous???)

Hi. I'm Ken, and I'm a former OOo user.

I used OOo for years, but I had some problems with formatting in Word docs and Powerpoint presentations.

Grudgingly, I tried Office 2010. It was better than my 2007 trial. When MS brought out the Home & Student 3-pack, I thought the cost per license was reasonable, so I bought it.

Now that I think about it...I think the only reason I had to switch to MS is because I couldn't convince OTHER people to switch to OOo.
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