[CS-FSLUG] Comparing OOo Writer with MS Word

Don Parris gnumathetes at gmail.com
Sun Jun 26 19:42:05 CDT 2005

On 6/26/05, Nathan T. <celerate at gmail.com> wrote:
> OpenOffice 2.0 Beta is looking very nice, if I didn't need MS Office
> compatibility for school I'd use OpenOffice instead, its just that
> good.
> OOo 2.0 is better than MS Office, not better as in Free like it was
> before, but better as in it leaves MS Office in the dust. The user
> interfaces are quite similar, but OOo is much easier to use and in
> some cases beats MS Office in features while matching it almost
> everywhere else, now all it needs is to have some clipart and the
> Canadian English spellchecking dictionaries included on some sort of
> CD. Maybe something I should consider making, I wonder if I can get
> permission to market something like that ;-) .
> Unfortunately I still need to use MS Office because Excel and OOo Calc
> aren't compatible enough, one of the things that bothers me about OOo
> Calc is that it doesn't seem to have the ability to create charts as
> new pages like Excel can and the workaround for this creates very ugly
> full page charts from OOo.
> _______________________________________________

I know more about writer than Calc.  I quickly fell in love with the
Navigator as I was working on PitP 2.0.  It was the best thing since
sliced bread for jumping from one chapter to another, or from the
front to the back, etc.  And styles?  Gotta love 'em.  I even try to
use paragraph styles in MS Word when I can.  My early experiences with
Word master documents was so horrifying, I was scared to try it in
Writer.  I just stuck with a monolithic document.

Anyway, I've long been sold on OOo.

DC Parris GNU Evangelist
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