Go Get Open Office 3.0
Open Office 3.0 is ready for you to download
. For free, of course.
When I first read about the availability of Open Office 3.0 earlier this month, I was enthusiastic. So were many others! When I went to download the new and improved version, I was turned away. Too many other people
were trying to download all at once, as well!But now, the download situation seems under control.
I was able to download and install Open Office 3.0 in less than a half hour. If you need a basic word processor, spreadsheet program, slideware, database, and drawing application -- take a look at the latest version of OO.The main reason I downloaded
the new version is that it can open Microsoft Office 2007 files like pptx and docx -- older versions of Open Office cannot. However, I noticed that even though Open Office 3.0 can open 2007 "x" files -- you can't "save as" a Microsoft 2007 file with OO 3.0. Further, Smart Art does not translate into Open Office 3.0 -- at all.
So, my main reason for wanting the new version wasn't nearly as satisfying as I thought it would be.
However, I'm glad I downloaded Open Office 3.0. I'm now able to access other dazzling features:
- New background templates that I'll probably never use
- Enhanced support for exporting to PDF, including password protection. (That's actually pretty cool!)
- And oddly enough, the new splash screen makes Open Office more pleasant to use.
(Here's a slightly more comprehensive list of new OO 3.0 features
.)I first started my Open Office experiment in June 2005.
My main reason for loving Open Office in 2005 was that it could export to PDF -- something Microsoft products could not do at the time. While I still use Open Office to some extent today, there are too many other lean and mean cloud programs that let me accomplishy many of the same tasks -- without using much of my computer's resources. And of course, you simply cannot beat the price of Open Office 3.0.Start your own experiment!
Open Office 3.0 is still a fine option -- but take a look at cloud apps
(like Google Docs
), too. You might find that you can still be lean, mean and productive -- without using Microsoft's suite of pricey "productivity" products.
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