[olug] OT - Openoffice

Craig Wolf cjwolf at mpsomaha.org
Fri Oct 15 20:51:50 UTC 2010

I have been using OO.o at work AND home for over 3 years with no issues back and forth between MSO and OO.o.  I would consider myself a basic - average user of office apps, not advanced so that is probably why I have not seen issues.  Writer is about 95% compat with Word, Calc is about 85-90% compat with Excel, and Impress is about 70% compat.  I usually have to twiddle a presentation going either way but everything else has "just worked".  

I have no need to spend $100's of dollars to outfit my 5 computers @ home and refuse to install it at work.

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>>> Amy Mason <amason80 at gmail.com> 10/15/10 3:01 PM >>>
My preference for Office Suites is entirely based on which OS I'm using at
the time.

On Windows, I have to use Office because OO is not presently screen reader
accessible, unless something has recently changed.

On Linux.. well I don't seem to have much choice do I?  Though OO works
pretty well with Orca.  I'm quite pleased with it in the Linux environment,
and am pretty certain that the Microsoft offering (the one that doesn't
exist) would not be accessible with the tools available.

I don't know what I'd use on Mac.. but I'd give OO a try before I ever
touched office.

FYI There was also a Computerworld article on this, but I don't have the
link available right now.

On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Dan Anderson <dan-anderson at cox.net> wrote:

> Open Office is really pretty good.
> Up until you need to collaborate with someone using MS Office.  Then
> the weirdness starts.
> As long as you don't try to edit the files in both MS and OO you're
> usually pretty ok - even with some of the more advanced formatting
> stuff (no compatible macros though - which is often a problem).
> OO imports and exports pretty well.  But yeah...
> I use it for home.  My kids use it.  My wife uses it.
> But if I have to do something for work I pull out MS Office for the
> "interoperability" (cough, cough) that everyone using the same
> proprietary program brings.  :)
> Dan
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 10:44 PM, Will Langford <unfies at gmail.com> wrote:
> >The
> > comments section seems to congeal into a sentiment that OOo is fine for
> > hobby / home use, but that it isn't so useful in a full spreadsheet
> jockey /
> > office dweller scenario.
> >
> > It's been years since I've used any OOo / Office app, so ... while I may
> > think OOo is just fine, I'm sure there are regular Office users who would
> > disagree.... and I can't really offer a 'recent' opinion.
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