The Open Office suite pretty much covers everything you will ever need from a word processor, presentation software, spreadsheet, a drawing program and an equation editor. It can open major formats such as MS Office almost perfectly, saves to PDF, has a useful help guide, and spellchecks in 15 languages. So what more can you ask for? Maybe we can take a closer look at the finer details of its major features:
The Entire Suite
Open Office yields a powerful yet unassuming environment for your project. All of the features in this segment are used throughout the suite and aid to give it a distinctive character.
Export and Import
The capability to export and import many different types of templates and documents in a variety of formats from MS Office XP to HTML. You can work effortlessly with your friends, officemates, colleagues, or schoolmates, with any kind of computer you may be using. Although the Open Office Open File Formats are regarded by developers as technically superior, they still designed the Open Office suite to conform to older applications, having in mind the many users who may still using and are locked to other old word processors and applications. So now, you have the option to set Open Office for use in any other file format by default. Import address lists from Netscape 6.x, LDAP or Mozilla 7. You do not have to keep on typing entry of those contact details.
Unicode support allows twenty three localizations of Open Office. To date the system is offered in 15 languages and more languages are added every now and then. In time, not only will Open Office run on absolutely anything but it will also run in any language. Runs on almost every modern operating system.
Enhanced Printing Options
Enhanced printing capabilities and options on all platforms, with extensions like ‘Print to PDF’ under UNIX. If you want operate the ‘paperless office’ you can create ‘digital paper’ PDF files that can be read on anything. Open Office is all about bringing hi-technology computing closer to the ordinary user.
Autopilot guides you through creating complex documents, clearly and precisely. This is convenient for users who are looking for help on how to do it. It asks you a few simple questions, before proceeding to create a template for you for repetitive use. Impress everybody with your brilliant skills, but never reveal the autopilot!
The Stylist lets you to instantly alter the entire look of your document. It’s that tiny box in the corner of the screen and it can also get a consistent look and apply formatting throughout the entire document. Just select a cell, an object or some text and choose a different option to move swiftly and easily between styles. You can either create your own or use built-in defaults.
A local XML file format for small and powerful documents. File size is normally half of MS Office formats. You are buying into the future and your documents, even in a simple text editor, will always be readable.
The powerful Open Office API lets you create outside functions to influence the power of the suite by just how you need it. If you are an Independent programmer, you may use the Open Office free software development kit (SDK) to extend the suite in ways you want it to behave.
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