OpenOffice – A Free Office Suite
OpenOffice is the most complete and free replacement for Microsoft Office software suite. OpenOffice.org is distributed free of charge by the main developer, Oracle/Sun. Using OpenOffice.org, you can open and edit ODF documents, but also in Microsoft formats (including the new ones based on OOXML).
With OpenOffice.org office application:
– you can install it on as many computers as you want, at home or at work, in a commercial network
– you can add new features or modify existing ones, possibly appealing to a team of developers (as a developer, you can make money developing features on request)
– anyone can distribute copies so that friends, colleagues or your employees can enjoy also the advantages of OpenOffice.org
OpenOffice.org is available not only for Mac OS, but for Windows and Linux too.
OpenOffice.org has five components : Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base.
It is a modern word processor, fully equipped to provide many features for creating and editing documents that include graphs, tables or charts.
Simple to use, both for creating basic documents such as notes, faxes, letters, resumes and merged documents and complex documents with bibliographies, reference tables and indexes, contains language verification tools, automatic correction, formatting, styles, index, references, illustrations, tables, links and other items. You can save documents in different formats including standard and ODT format, Microsoft Word DOC and DOCX or HTML formats. You can easily export documents in .PDF or XHTML (.html / .xhtml).
It is a simple to use spreadsheet suitable both for the beginners(with an intuitive interface) and for professionals because of the multitude of advanced features like: Statistical and banking functions for complex calculations. A great scenario manager to see the immediate result of the changed term of the calculations. It allows the addition of database tables, spreadsheets can be used as data sources for creating letters in Writer. Also, you can create dynamic charts that automatically updates whenever you change the data, save documents in different formats including ODF Spreadsheet format (.ODS), Microsoft Excel (.xls/.xlsx), dBASE (.dbf) or HTML. You are also able to export documents in .pdf and .html.
It is an effective tool for creating professional multimedia presentations. With many tools for creating vector graphics you can use 2D and 3D images, fonts, special effects, animation, drawing tools and templates to make anything you want. You can also customize the interface so that the tools we commonly use are just a click away. Impress supports saving documents in different formats like .odp, .ppt, .pptx, or HTML. You can easily export documents in .pdf, Macromedia Flash (SWF) and many other image formats like BMP, JPG, PNG, SVG.
It is a tool that allows you to create both simple and complex schemes. It contains a gallery of images, animations, sounds and other objects that you can use both in Draw and in other OpenOffice.org programs. You can create simple 3D objects like cubes, spheres, cylinders and even change their sources. Inserting tables, charts, formulas or other objects created in OpenOffice.org programs never been easier. You can connect objects using special lines called connectors to show the relationship between objects, useful for creating organizational charts and technical diagrams. With Draw, anyone can easily export documents in .PDF, HTML (.htm / .html), XHTML (.html / .xhtml), etc.
It is a useful tool for creating and manipulating databases. Has both an intuitive graphical interface and a SQL interface. With Base, you can create, modify and delete tables, queries, forms and reports using the database engine or HSQL. Base will help you import and export data in different formats.