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    there is an excellent review of OpenOffice.org here:
    http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/mag...icewriter.html

    it is extremely thorough and focuses on OOo Writer (the word processor) with constant comparisons to M$ Word

    it's a good read and well worth it, very informative ...I'd recommend everyone take a peek (even those of you biased against open-source software)

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    I use openoffice on a winxp laptop and really like it.
    It takes some time to learn everything but it has a
    ton of features. Only problems I've had is trying to save
    as word documents, it always comes out jumbled when someone trys to open it in word. oh well it was free.:thumb:

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    See, that's what I'm so afraid of, not so funny writing an important document like a job application and sending it to someone with the real MS word installed just for him to recive a corrupted file.. There goes that job.. :(


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Scorpio
    Only problems I've had is trying to save
    as word documents, it always comes out jumbled when someone tries to open it in word. oh well it was free.:thumb:
    I save as .doc all the time to send to people with M$ word (including my resume) and it always shows up just fine. The trick is to avoid excessive document formating... if you keep it simple, there isn't a problem

    but since the next version of M$ office is going to change it's proprietary file extensions, who knows how that will turn out with OpenOffice...but since M$ will be using xml, and OpenOffice already does; I would think that it will be easier to save as a M$ Word Doc in the future (at least with M$ Office 2003 or what ever it will be called)
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    Yeah minibubba, almost all of the documents I use openoffice for have a lot of formating with tables and images inserted. I do my physics lab write-ups on my laptop and have to email it to my partners so they can go over it. Actually I dont think I've ever used it for a simple letter/resume document so maybe you shouldn't give up on it yet The__tweaker. Other than my lab partners, I've had the saved documents come out funny on an old computer running office97 that I had my laser printer on. Maybe newer versions of word dont have as much of a problem? Also its always pretty easy to fix the jumbled output in word, which for me is better than forking over the cash for Office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Scorpio
    Other than my lab partners, I've had the saved documents come out funny on an old computer running office97 that I had my laser printer on.
    i feel that is the problem you are facing. a document with lots of formatting when opened in an older version of office usually comes out jumbled.

    try opening a heavily formatted OfficeXP document in Office 97 and you will be ready with your sledge hammer to kill your PC. i have had this trouble on numerous times...though these days i m giving a shot to openoffice on my linux install :cheers:
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