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A decade in the making...

Microsoft may still think the OpenOffice.org is about ten years late, but a lot of folks out there love the productivity suite. I consider myself a power user, and I've been using OpenOffice.org for nearly year now and haven't looked back. And hey, it's free.

OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 is the latest release and it has the usual bug fixes and program updates:

This release is recommended for everyone. It contains some new features, fixes many small bugs, and resolves numerous issues. The spellcheck dictionary in German and some other languages is now directly integrated into OpenOffice.org, so there is no need for a separate download for those languages. The community have further added import filters for Quattro Pro 6 and Microsoft Word 2. As well, other import filters have been improved and it is now easier to use mail merge. Integration with the KDE address book is now possible.

You can catch the release notes here.



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WP vs Word
By Troll4Hire on 3/9/2006 12:37:50 AM , Rating: 2
A little bit more insightfull.
http://www.wpvsword.com/WP10vsWordXP/index.htm

The PDF feature that MS is now implementing in to word for the first time ever has been a feature of Word Perfect for many many years now. WP is way ahead of the game.
Comparison to other word processors



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect
WordPerfect aficionados cite many reasons why they consider it superior to its competitors (especially Word), including:

* the Reveal Codes function, which allows the user to view and edit all formatting codes, and thus obtain complete control over the text;
This feature has been around since WP's early days and it's something that MS has never botherd to implement. Very helpful and handy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect




RE: WP vs Word
By jtesoro on 3/9/2006 3:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
I used WordPerfect a little some years ago. When Word for Windows came out, it made it easy to format text without having to look at all the codes cluttering the screen.

I'm surprised that the feature is still there for the current WordPerfect and actually am wondering how it is still useful today. I'm of the thought that I can format the text the way I want without having to look at the actual codes.


RE: WP vs Word
By Stele on 3/9/2006 5:25:31 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
* the Reveal Codes function, which allows the user to view and edit all formatting codes, and thus obtain complete control over the text;
This feature has been around since WP's early days and it's something that MS has never botherd to implement. Very helpful and handy.


While I agree wholeheartedly that WP and OpenOffice have been consistently superior to Word in many aspects, I thought I'd just point out that Word, too, has had the reveal codes feature for some time - at least since Office 2k IIRC. :)


OO vs MSOffice
By BikeDude on 3/9/2006 8:26:30 AM , Rating: 3
When I first saw MS' statement, I didn't buy into it.

But then I took OO out for a spin, and you do not have to look far.

E.g. I recently made some of our backoffice systems spit out XML so that the beancounters could import that data into Excel and process it from there. XML into OO Calc? No, it opens up in OO Writer as pure XML code. Not very useful.

DDE links from other applications? Forget it. (Our customers use this a lot, to fetch stock market information from within their Excel spreadsheets)

For me these are two very simple requirements. I would've atleast expected a very rich support for XML, but alas no.

Ten years behind? Make that twenty!

I still plan on using OO personally though. (But I don't really need such software at all)


Word --->> Open Office --->> Word Perfect is #1
By Troll4Hire on 3/9/06, Rating: 0
By Snuffalufagus on 3/9/2006 3:43:22 AM , Rating: 2
LOL- what an object site you listed.


By Snuffalufagus on 3/9/2006 3:46:15 AM , Rating: 2
crap -no edit capabilities, all three are better than the text edit option in most newsgroups.


Mail merge
By ceefka on 3/9/2006 4:52:52 AM , Rating: 2
Good they worked on that, the mail-merge in the previous OO gave me a headache. So it's now 9 years late, Bill?




RE: Mail merge
By theOracle on 3/9/2006 7:17:22 AM , Rating: 2
nope, 8 years 6 months and falling fast.....


Pay Attention
By codeThug on 3/9/2006 12:30:44 AM , Rating: 2
As microsoft drifts closer and closer to subscription based software, this open source stuff is really going to matter...




OOo 2..2
By CrystalBay on 3/9/2006 1:13:50 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks Brandon !




Will this install over v 2.0.1?
By formulav8 on 3/9/2006 3:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Do I need to uninstall the .1 version to install this .2 version? Or will the .2 simply do the .2 updates? I just installed version 2.0.1 2 nights ago to. :/


Jason




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