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selberbauer
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Which office software? Reply with quote

Hi,
i have an amd 64 no-multilib gnome and need a easy office software.

It should be stable also handle without problems very long textdocuments (900 pages) and should have an easily graphical interface where you have all important options like font, font-size and so on..

there also should be option to do more difficult things like macros or bigger diagramms but they should be more in the background

needed are something for: word, excel and powerpoint.

I used OpenOffice under my early windows times and early ubuntu times but i didnt get realy happy with it.

I had following problems: eats too much performance for nothing, has problems to save longer documents, looks a little creapy and is a little too commercial in my eyes.
So i would only use OO instead there no other possibilitys

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selberbauer
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you will primarily work on your own documents and don't have to exchange stuff regularly with MS Office formats, then you could have a look at:

GNOME Office: it's not really an office suite, as much as a collection of GTK-based office apps, but AbiWord and GNUmeric are decent at what they do. I've had issues with AbiWord's OpenDocument compatibility, but it's fine for text processing as long as you don't need perverted stuff. GNUmeric is a very good spreadsheet program. For images, GIMP and Inkscape. There's no decent presentation program.

Calligra: formerly known as KOffice, this office suite is very lightweight, and tightly integrated, including embedding spreadsheets and charts in presentations and text documents, and it has many programs for all sorts of applications. It uses OpenDocument formats natively, so you can exchange files with OpenOffice/LibreOffice, and anything else that supports the formats. It does depend on KDE libraries, though. You don't have to run a KDE session, though, you can run them just fine from GNOME. They will even look native, due to Qt's GTK theming.

OpenOffice.org is by far the most complete office for Linux, and if you want to exchange documents with MS Office users, you simply don't have any other choice.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inkscape with the jessyInk plugin makes an very flexible and impressive (if different and a bit difficult to get used to) presentation package.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replaced OO 3.2.1 with LibreOffice 3.3.0 at work and it does seem to have much better performance. OTOH, I didn't test OO 3.3.0. This article here http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/open-office-dilemma-openofficeorg-vs-libreoffice-716 has a not-very-in-depth comparison of the two.
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