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Anybody seriously using star office?

 
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As in it is the only thing you use for word processing, etc.
 
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Yeah, our company is seriously using staroffice on Linux. How about you ?
 
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I use StarOffice as my main Windows office suite at home. I use the spreadsheet and the slide-maker most, and only use the word processor if I or a client really needs Word compatibility. I also have it installed on my two Linux boxes, but I don't tend to use them for office work.
Most of my writing is done in frame-based (Impression, InDesign, PagePlus etc.) or hand-markup (HTML, Wiki, TeX) as I detest What-You-See-is-Not-What-You-Want word-processors.
 
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I am trying to. My machine does not have enough RAM and CPU power though.
 
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By the way, word documents come up differently in Star Office than in Word.
There was a section 1, 2, 3 in word and in Star Office the last number was a 49. The section at the top with graphics and formatting was all different too.
Someone at work was not impressed.
So, I cannot use it for important documents of any complexity.

 
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I've never experienced any problems saving documents in Word format in Star Office, I designed a whole document that I had to present to my boss(about 90 pages) inc lots of graphics, different fonts, colours etc and it turned out perfectly when I brought it into work for him to read using word.
Maybe i'm just lucky!
In fact I also have Lotus Word Pro and I have lots and lots of problems which documents I write using that ... I hardly use it at all now though, Star Office (Java Version of course) is definatly the way to go ... and it's free!
 
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I have been using it to edit and format a large compound document that will print out at around 300 pages. I have found the indexing, table of contents and stuff to be excellent. Does a very good HTML import as well.
I will be using it very intensly over the next few months.
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StarOffice is...usable, in the literal sense, if not usable in the "it's easy to use" sense.
The presentation and drawing applications are reasonably reliable, and pretty cool. Image is limited but it doesn't suck. Schedule's fine, single-user, and does nice integration with PalmPilots. You can use the HTML export capabilities to make your slides into HTML presentations or WebCasts. The Web editor's HTML translation is iffy but it's got some pretty cool features. Forget about using the macro language unless you're hardcore--and macro recording is hit-and-miss.
Overall, you can do a lot of really great stuff with hyperlinks, active clicky sort of things (when you click on a designated object, it does one of 17 possible options), OLE object insertion, etc.
Printer setup for Linux and UNIX is painful but doable. Printing involves selecting the right 3 of 11 possible options to get the right size, orientation, duplex-or-not, etc., but you can control it once you figure it out.
StarOffice overall does open lots of different files--granted, half of them are ones you've never heard of.
Version 6.0 is coming out next summer/fall, sometime, at which point I hear that the Schedule and Mail tools will not be included. (Which is just as well; Schedule multi-user setup is about as simple and reliable as going through a messy divorce while lugeing.)
Some of the features are just awful, like the whole Writer numbering scheme.
So...it's definitely a good deal for what you pay for it. ;> And the SO product group has done a lot of usability focus groups and gotten an earful, so it's possible that with the next release, the option that allows you to wrap text in a spreadsheet cell might actually have the word "wrap" in it.
Good luck. If all else fails, kill all processes.

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No email client in version 6.0? That is a Mail tool right?
Can you point me to the reference?
 
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Originally posted by Michael Finney:
No email client in version 6.0? That is a Mail tool right?
Can you point me to the reference?



I'll try to find out--I've just heard it a couple times and I can't remember where. My impression is that they'll be bundling with Netscape's calendar and mail features and dropping them from SO.
Solveig
 
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Can you run star and microsoft office concurrently without any hang-ups/glitches? ie: switch from one program to the other..
 
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i have been using staroffice as much as possible.
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I wish there was a button on my monitor to turn up the intellegince.
Theres a button called 'brightness' but it doesn't work
 
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Originally posted by Murray Case:
Can you run star and microsoft office concurrently without any hang-ups/glitches? ie: switch from one program to the other..


Hi Murray,
No particular glitches except that your machine will be slower than Gore on his way to W's inauguration. ;> (Unless you've got a serious screamer.) Floyd claims, btw, that StarOffice takes up less space, installed, than MS Office.
Solveig

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