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Old 01-30-2017, 11:33 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by suicidaleggroll View Post
OO is just as bad as LO, basically unusable for reading/writing Word files.

Only if you will never have to share that file with someone who uses MS Office. I don't believe I've ever opened a Word document with images, tables, or any kind of formatting in OO/LO and had it render properly. Sometimes it's good enough to read (sometimes it's not even close enough for that), but you can forget making any changes and saving it back out. You'll destroy the formatting in the entire file and force the author to spend hours fixing it.
I ahven't seen this ANYWHERE near as bad with the newer versions of LO. STill not perfect, but definitely usable even with shared documents. This issue is actually the reason I have a 6-seat license for Softmaker Office Linux, since I needed interoperability with M$ Office formats for work with my old job.
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Many years ago the legal profession, in the U.S., adopted ms-word. Two attorneys I know, who are both "power users" of ms-word, have said there are compatibility problems between different versions of ms-word and they have both said, in their opinions, mickeysoft does this on purpose in an effort to "encourage" people to buy the latest version of ms-word/office.
You can save a document as a .pdf file and send it along. At that point it doesn't matter what software was used to create the document.

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Old 01-31-2017, 02:38 AM   #18
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MS have historically changed their file formats between versions to hamper compatibility with other similar programmes, but I don't think this goes on much these days. The old word doc and xls formats were binary, whereas (as I have already pointed out) the newer formats are mostly plain text xml.


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