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Star Office - Is it a serious tool?

 
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I read some information a while back regarding Star Office and come to the conclusion that it is still in it's infancy. I would like some feedback on why Star Office is better or the equivalent of Microsoft Office. How is it better? Why should I switch? Can Star Office convert to and from MS Office (Word is everywhere)?
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Howdy, Glade -
I wouldn't say StarOffice is in its infancy. It's been a Linux tool for a few years. Compared to Monopoly Office, it's probably had considerably less resource, dev. time, usability studies, etc., though SO seems like it's been able to piggyback on some of Monopoly's look & feel.
I think it's a worthy tool. In fact, one its outstanding features is its ability to open and save as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint exceptionally well. I get sent Word docs all the time, and I send them back as Word docs, and the senders are never the wiser.
SO is being positioned as the model for Web-based applications, as provided by Application Service Providers, so I believe it's a serious tool that Sun is going to back and enhance. Like Monopoly Office, it will benefit from people using and abusing it, forcing enhancements and fixes. But all in all, it's a pretty dang cool tool. And for the price, you can't beat it!
But we've truly found and heard that our book is a must if you're going to dive in and start using the product.

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How would you rate it's stability in a Windows platform(98, NT, or 2000)?
I, for one, wouldn't want to risk writing a document and have the word processor crash all of a sudden.
I'm not in any means a fan of Billy's products, but Word and Excel has been kind by not crashing on me.
 
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staroffice has never cradshed on me with my HP 233 PII 96 mb of Ram (i had 48 before and it still ran smooth)
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I'm running Monopoly 98 on an Athlon 650 with 128 RAM, and SO behaves well--most of the time. There were a couple of times when the system froze while using SO, but that might not have even been SO. I have, however (especially at work running SO over a network) gotten into the habit of hitting the save icon about once every minute. It's saved my arse a couple of times.
Just as an FYI, if you ever do lose something you were working on, SO has a default backup directory. To find out where yours is, choose Tools > Options > General > Paths, and look at the path next to the "Backup copies" item. Then go look in that folder while saying your Hail Marys.
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I haven't started using StarOffice yet, but a friend of mine has. He told me how he saved a document in StarOffice on a Linux machine, took it to a Windows machine and pulled it up in Microsoft Word with no problems. I thought that was reassuring. Just thought I'd mention it.
 
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I recently read an amusing paragraph in a UK magazine where the the author reported that he had a document that was corrupt and would not open in MS Word. He opened it without a problem in Star office, saved it back and it was then readable in word.
Not a feature listed in the brochure, but nice to know about. I have heard that the power point compatibility is not quite as spot on.
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Last night I was poking around and looking at all of the file formats that SO supports and I found that it can even import documents in Wordstar format! I doubt today's users even remember Wordstar! (Anybody remember ^KD ? ) Anyway, I was impressed with the vast array of formats that are supported.
 
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Ah, WordStar, my favorite word processor back in 1988.
(1988?!? Did they even have computers back then??? )
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Originally posted by Paul Ralph:
Ah, WordStar, my favorite word processor back in 1988.
(1988?!? Did they even have computers back then??? )
Paul R


Wordstar, mmmm! Yeah, I choked up with nostalgia when I saw that listed. I was using that in 87. It was a lot like HTML, as I remember. ;> Maybe I can finally read those old 5" floppies with my junior-year term papers on them!
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I recently found out that one of our key developers is happiest using "joe", an editor which uses the WordStar key sequences. I had one of those "brain grinds to a halt" moments trying to remember when I last used an editor like that. Yup, back in 86/87 ....
 
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