The Open Office Experiment


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Not long ago I wrote I was going to see if Open Office, a free opensource package similar to Microsoft Office, could serve as my main tool and mean I no longer have to buy and update Microsoft Office. See that posting.

So far, there are a lot of pluses to the application. It is robust and I create what I need, though on occasion I miss some of Microsoft Office’s advanced features, especially in Powerpoint.

Yesterday I ran into a problem. I created a presentation in Open Office but it would not covert entirely into Powerpoint and I had to use Powerpoint for a presentation today. Not all the graphics converted and the links turned from blue to white, leaving them impoosible to see on a white background. I found away around this issue, but it was major inconvenience.

Open Office needs to keep pace with the growth and development of Microsoft Office for it to be a viable alternative. It mustbe able to open any file from Microsoft Office and right now it is not happening as it should.

I will continue with my exploration because despite some drawbacks (what application doesn’t have them?), this might be a good application for small non profits who can’t afford expensive software purchases. Stay tuned.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Mark Holmgren
Mark Holmgren Consulting
Mark Holmgren is committed to helping non profit organizations and local governments build capacities for new visions. Mark does this through the provision of custom designed strategic services that fit an organization's culture as well as its aspirations.


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