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Old 03-13-2004, 06:43 PM   #1
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Question StarOffce / OpenOffice (?)


i've looked at both StarOffice and OpenOffice and im just wondering why someone would choose one over the other?
ok, OpenOffice is open-source and you've got to buy StarOffice (unless your a student ), but apart from that which is "best"?

From my little experience with them, StarOffice seems to open MS words docs better...
 
Old 03-13-2004, 07:18 PM   #2
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Up to OpenOffice 1.1 Star Office had a better (but still bad) job as a user interface for a database.
It had also better (but still bad) functionality in creating and running macros (StarBasic or javascript).
I do not know if this has been improved in OO 1.1.

I think that OO 1.1 does a very good job in converting MSWord docs (OO1.0 had problems). I do not think that SO could be any superior in this respect, since I saw OO 1.1 opening a 70-page Word doc full of tables, images and form fields so that it looked like in MSWord (at least I could not find any difference).

StarOffice comes with support, but Open Office is free.

Open Office writer (sxw) uses zipped xml file format. This means that you can unzip it, cut out the text part of the xml file and remove the xml tags with sed, then you can use grep to find text.
This can be done in console on multiple files with one single command line.
The last Star Office I saw was the 6.0 one, which had a proprietary file format, therefore one could not use grep very efficiently to find text.

I prefer Open Office.

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Old 03-13-2004, 07:28 PM   #3
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i just have staroffice 5.2 and thats what i have been using for a while ...
i did actually download OpenOffice1.1 the other day, just didn't try it yet ...
 
Old 03-13-2004, 07:42 PM   #4
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I used Star Office 5.2 for a while on Windows, then changed to OO 1.0.

I found that OO 1.0 was MUCH more stable than SO52. With OO I had hardly any crashes (like with MSWord), while I had many with SO52.

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Old 03-13-2004, 07:46 PM   #5
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What I ment by SO opening MS word docs beter than OO was that when, in MS word, u type say " hello - word" it replaces it with a longer -, in OO these seem to just come out as ?, where as in SO they're - .
Also OO puts somthings over two pages when they were on one, and the "screen font antialiasing" doesnt seem to work. (probably the user )

Was gona do a screenshot....but its 1:45am, mite do it later


Edit: Forgot to say i've got SO 7 and OO 1.1, prefer SO

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Old 03-13-2004, 08:06 PM   #6
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Sorry, my experiences come from windows, where OO is perfect; I have never seen it substituting "-" (or any other character) with "?".

I do not know how is it on Linux, since I never ever open an MSWord doc there; so I did not know there is a difference.
 
Old 03-13-2004, 08:42 PM   #7
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OpenOffice and StarOffice just recently forked,... so up until about a year ago, they were virtually identical. StarOffice has less annoying bugs. But OpenOffice is free as in free beer. For envelopes and the like, StarOffice is better. For attractiveness, I'd say the nod has to go to OpenOffice.

StarOffice supposedly has a database manager front end (similar to Access). OpenOffice currently has none. There the nod has to go to StarOffice.

So it's six of one, a half dozen of the other...

I'd go with OpenOffice cause it's free,... and if you need some of the other features of StarOffice, then switch. All your files should read just fine.
 
Old 03-13-2004, 08:54 PM   #8
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the only issue i have seen personally with SO5.2 when opening the odd word document is sometimes the bullet in the original MS document aren't supported in SO, and it replaces it with a question? mark ...
but for something as simplistic as that, just remove it and put a new one
 
Old 03-13-2004, 10:17 PM   #9
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I have SO7 and OO1.1. I really don't see any reason to use SO anymore. I never use the db, so maybe that would be one reason to get the sun one.
 
  


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