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Old 11-17-2004, 01:06 PM   #1
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KOffice for Windows

Hopefully I won't get mauled for posting this! LOL Anyway, I'm using Suse 9.2 Pro and have been enjoying it very much. I personally feel that Linux is the way of the future and that people should be more open to it. One of the things that I thought might be cool is letting people get a taste of what open source technology can really do. KOffice is one of the things that came to my mind since a lot of people use similar tools in MS Office. One of my co-workers is looking to use something like MS Visio. KOffice has something like that and instead of paying for the MS thing with an arm and leg, I thought it'd be a good idea to just get the KOffice version since it's free. The only problem is that I'm not sure that the source packages or binaries of KOffice would work on Windows. Can I just compile the package in Windows and install it like I do on Linux? Or do I need to do something else? Is there a ".exe" version of KOffice available if compiling it for Windows doesn't work? Thanks!!
Old 11-17-2004, 01:09 PM   #2
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Do you know Its open, free and cross-plat.
I'm not sure about koffice, but OpenOffice certainly address this issue.
Old 11-17-2004, 05:26 PM   #3
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I went to take a look at OpenOffice and it's pretty good but it doesn't have a flowchart type program like Visio whereas KOffice does. Is there an alternative free software that does flowcharts like the one in KOffice?
Old 11-17-2004, 09:30 PM   #4
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I haven't heard anything about KOffice for Windows, but I'd certainly be interested if there is anything under way. I personally like KOffice and Evolution best on Linux. Unfortunately neither of those are available on Windows.
Old 11-17-2004, 10:03 PM   #5
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OpenOffice has Draw which is similar to Visio.

OpenOffice completely replaces the top end M$Office.

Been using it for about a year now.
Old 11-18-2004, 08:45 PM   #6
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I believe that I have Draw for my machine. I'll give it a try and see if it like Visio. To be honest, I've never used Visio before so I don't really even know what it's supposed to do. Apparently its supposed to make it easier to do flow charts. I don't know for sure though. I'll let you guys know what I come up with.
Old 12-09-2004, 09:25 AM   #7
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You want DIA, found at:

"Dia is designed to be much like the commercial Windows program 'Visio'. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and simple circuits. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape.

It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to EPS or SVG formats and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages)."


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