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Old 06-15-2013, 07:59 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by frankbell View Post
I would hardly characterize LibreOffice or OpenOffice as "very limited," except as regard certain aspects of their "Save As [Microsoft format]."

Calling them "very limited" could be interpreted to imply that they are like WordPad.

Their native formats allow for composing complex and versatile documents.

When "Saving As [Microsoft format]," I have found that complicated formatting--lists embedded in other lists, to pick one example--often gets malformed or lost. I also understand that Excel macros don't translate, but OOo/LO Calc is a powerful tool.

I used to manage a complex 26-worksheet OpenOffice Calc file with all kinds of internal links and within and amoung sheets (it was the annual financial records for a church, organized by credits and debits, with accounts, subaccounts, and sub-subaccounts. As individual items were entered on a week-by-week basis, it automatically incremented the monthly and annual figures, and produced the relevant reports in a ready-for-print format.)
I totally agree! Open office and Libre office are not limited. I have never even had problems sending documents back and forth between them and Microsoft Windows.
Old 10-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by schneidz View Post
when i was a job seeker, i would email my resume in pdf format. open office has an export to pdf feature built rite into the file menu.

also, i worked at a computer lab in college and they had open office as well as m$ office.
I understand and agree with your assessment of how valuable LibreOffice™ (or OpenOfficeŽ) might be. I started using StarOffice™ when it was released into the wilds back at the turn of the century. Moved to OpenOffice and now use LibreOffice over 95% of the time. There are times when someone sends a DOCX, XLSX, or PPTX file that is not quite right under L/O forcing me to use actual micro-$tuff software.

One common problem involves "markup" and "changes" within a document moving between M$-Word and L/O Writer. In both cases, one enables recording of changes to the document. Modifications by different reviewers, authors and editors are tagged and colored.
In some cases, the changes do not display correctly. In other cases, they display but fail to print correctly. This presumes that everyone has agreed on a sub-set of the markup features that are implemented on both applications -- several exist in only one tool.
In a similar situation, I use GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus all the time. At times I get files that demand genuine AdobeŽ software.

Today, I batch up a pile of hostage to profits documents and reboot into win-dose. Run the software and tinker the files. Then, reboot and resume my work flow. I'd prefer to stop the reboot dance and use a VM or other hypervisor like Crossover™ (commercial wine) to run the precious few programs that I need only occasionally.

Originally Posted by schneidz View Post
this worked out very well because the number 1 problem is people had floppies from home (yes i'm old) and used word-97 which is not forward compatable with word-2000.

opening it in oo, and saving in the appropriate format worked 100 % of the time.

i even had people with ms-works, lotus-works, coral-wordperfect files and oo was able to read the file most of the time.
re: "olde"
Based on your references, you are still a youngster. My first program involved a 2-ft square plug-board and a fist full of wires in the early-60s. My first "soft" program was IBM 1410 Autocoder in the mid-60s.

Bwa, ah, ah ... I have punched cards older than you are... (grin) It's nice to know there are others like me still slinging bits.

~~~ 0;-Dan

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