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The fundamental Flaws of Open Office.

Posted 09-03-2011 at 03:04 PM by Regosux
Updated 09-03-2011 at 07:12 PM by Regosux

The Open Office / Office Libre "font embedding" saga.

What they say:

Enterprises from corner-shops to corporate giants are turning to 3 to power their businesses. The flexible word processor, powerful spreadsheet, dynamic graphics, database access and more meet all the requirements for an office software package.

A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.

The result: 3 does everything you want your office software to do, the way you want it to.

What you really get:

It doesn't SAVE the work with the fonts that you want use. You can't enhance the software to make it do this, and it doesn't do what you want it to... which is to embed the fonts that you want to use in your own documents.

What they say:

Data is safe.

Freedom of Information Acts require that the documents you create today will be accessible years in the future.

What you really get:

The documents that you create WILL NOT BE accessable in years to come.

If the fonts are not embedded at the time of production, then they sure as shit are not going to be there when you do reopen them many years into the future.

What they say:

The no-hassle answer For small businesses, IT is a hassle and an expense. 3 is simply the easiest and cheapest way of providing the essential software tools required to support a growing business. Developed over twenty years, is a mature, stable, product, guaranteeing trouble-free usage. Behind the scenes, it stores all your valuable data in a format approved by the International Organization for Standardization - the first software package in the world to meet this exacting standard.

As more companies adopt the standard, exchanging data between office software will become as easy as saving and opening a file - a system integrator's dream.

What you really get:

"Open Office" DOES NOT store ALL of your DATA... and

You CANNOT freely exchange, save and open the Open Office files - because the FONTS, THAT YOU WANT TO USE IN THEM, which ARE the actual FORMATTING AND LAYOUT - are not embedded either.

What they say:

Open for business 3 prides itself on its compatibility with other office software, both in the way it works and in the files it uses.

So offering 3 doesn't close off options for your clients - in fact, it opens up new opportunities for them

What you really get:

The lack of FONT embedding closes off a LOT of options for your clients.

In fact not only will it close off a LOT of options, it will completely WIPE and RUIN your clients documents entirely.

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  1. Old Comment
    So come up with some font embedding code and submit a patch. Or use Microsoft Office and be done with it. Or if you are running a proper company, all the computers will have the same fonts and or require all documents to be in a generic serif or sans-serif font. Honestly, fancy fonts are better left for print work which is done by highly trained people using layout programs and will render everything to vector before sending it off to be printed.
    Posted 09-04-2011 at 01:02 AM by lumak lumak is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Silly question, but can't you install the fonts you need? I mean, yeah, that's another step, but seriously, you're having to install Open Office to begin with, why not install the fonts at that time, too?

    Granted, I have never bothered installing fonts to supplement Open Office, so I don't know if it can be done, but still...

    Looks like it can be done, though:
    Posted 09-04-2011 at 04:30 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  3. Old Comment
    The wave crashed up on the shore;

    Thus receding - the crab is none the wiser.
    Posted 09-20-2011 at 07:10 PM by Regosux Regosux is offline


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