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Old 02-23-2015, 07:05 PM   #21
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+1 for Open Office. I've used it for a few months now, and it's great. Have never bought MS Office in my life, and never would.
Lose it for http://www.libreoffice.org/
The community has abandoned openoffice it since it was bought by I forgot who.

http://www.libreoffice.org/ is way superior, it keeps being developed, still free
and we have been using it for two years with no problems.
Who would buy MS Office, I agree.
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:37 PM   #22
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Lose it for http://www.libreoffice.org/
The community has abandoned openoffice it since it was bought by I forgot who.

http://www.libreoffice.org/ is way superior, it keeps being developed, still free
and we have been using it for two years with no problems.
Who would buy MS Office, I agree.
George,

You know I am a great proponent of open source software. I have tried both Open Office (by Apache, used to be by Sun) and LibreOffice. Both are open source and continually being tweaked.

I would love to ween myself away from M$ Office. I use Excel for my estimate worksheets, estimate forms, invoicing, expenditures, etc. The estimate/invoice workbooks have many formulae, cell references, and worksheet references. LibreOffice was not at all acceptable reading and transposing these complicated workbooks. Open Office was just about flawless.

If I were not already dependent on M$ Office, perhaps LibreOffice would suit my needs - but then again, I do get mail with Excel attachments.

I've also tested importing Publisher files into Open Office and Libre. Neither are very satisfactory, although OpenOffice looks to be a little better.

I do hate that M$ Office has me by the short and curlies. I wish I had never had my first toke.



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Ir depends on your needs of course.
Mine are basic and other people set it up for me.
I even use Google docs and sheets.
I mostly use spreadsheets for job costing and our Compensation/bonus system.
I will never outgrow any of these.
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I used to use Open Office and had no problems with my simple spreadsheets and a few other moderately complicated ones. Easy to save and open Excel stuff.

Now, I just stick with numbers and it works fine for me with both Microsoft stuff and apple that I have needed to do.
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I agree that both of these open source spreadsheets are dependable and robust if one does not need to interface with M$.


Hopefully I will have time in the near future to play with their presentation and database tools and see if they can even compare with the Evil Empire Office Suite tools.

I will give M$ credit that they have set the bar.

Anyone remember Lotus 1-2-3 ????



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I agree that both of these open source spreadsheets are dependable and robust if one does not need to interface with M$.


Hopefully I will have time in the near future to play with their presentation and database tools and see if they can even compare with the Evil Empire Office Suite tools.

I will give M$ credit that they have set the bar.

Anyone remember Lotus 1-2-3 ????
I think that was on computers in my high school. Never used it though.
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I think that was on computers in my high school. Never used it though.
In the store I worked (1990 ish) , all items we sold were listed on a 1-2-3 spreadsheet with our costs, mark ups, and volume discounts.

The owner, who also owned a painting company, had his estimating formulae on 1-2-3. His formulae were the genesis of what I still use today.



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