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OpenOffice 3: bueno, bonito y gratis!

octubre 30, 2008

Bueno, la verdad es que no me gusta mucho el hecho de hacer publicidad jaja, es un tanto aburrido!, pero tengo que admitir que tras unos días de usar la nueva versión de OpenOffice me siento más que satisfecho.

Aunque… la mayoría de mis profesores usan Microsoft Office 2007, no he tenido problemas a la hora de abrir los .docx o los .xlsx, lo único malo (y eso entre comillas) es que no puedo guardar en ese formato, solo puedo guardar en .doc, .odt… o .xls.

Les hago un copy paste de una parte que leí en Linux News donde hablan del OpenOffice 3, al leerla me anime a hacer este post y la idea es que más usuarios se animen a probarlo!… chequen que el OpenOffice no es solo para Linux, de hecho una de sus virtudes es que corre en una gran variedad de plataformas.

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I’ve been using its predecessors for years and, broadly speaking, OO3 is the most useful, widely compatible software ever. You can run it on anything: Macs, PCs, Linux, Unix workstations. It includes six full-blown applications: the Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet, Impress presentations program, Base database program, Math equation editor, and Draw graphics program. And it doesn’t cost a penny.

The most interesting development is improved installation on the Mac. With previous versions you had to install a Unix windowing environment, X11, a non-trivial and potentially frustrating procedure that’s an instant turnoff to many Macophiles. It also had a nonstandard look and feel. Now you just download and install OpenOffice and run it like any normal Mac application. If you own a Mac, it’s worth trying.
Major Obstacle

File compatibility, which has played a big role in blocking wider adoption of OpenOffice, continues to improve. It can open documents from Microsoft Office 2007 for the PC, and Office 2008 for the Mac, as well as open and save documents in OpenDocument Format 1.2. That’s a standard, increasingly mandated by governments, that has the potential to be the lingua franca of computing. On the downside, it can’t save documents in recent MS Office formats, though it does support World Class Managed Hosting from PEER 1, Just $299. Click here. earlier formats such as .doc.

The user interface is little changed and still looks like a “traditional” version of Microsoft Office. That’s either a bug or feature, depending on your point of view. I’ve seen a fair number of online postings from Office 2003 users who like the stodgy OpenOffice better than the radically overhauled look of Office 2007. If you like Office 2007, you won’t like it. OO3 does get a new collection of spiffier, more modern-looking icons.
Minor Improvements

A Start Center opens the application and allows you to chose your module. The start center also supports housekeeping functions, like updates and finding add-ons. There’s an upgraded “solver” math component similar to MS Office’s, and you can simultaneously view multiple pages in a word processing document, useful for setting up a book or lengthy report. There are also graphic enhancements, including improved cropping and charting.

So who’s OpenOffice.org for? For the most part, the utility of office software is socially constructed rather than feature-based (how’s that for a postmodern software review?). For one person, working alone, OO3 is more than adequate and can save hundreds of dollars. Increased file and Mac compatibility makes it a good bet for multiple home users as well. I’m not sure OO3 is going to steal any users from Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) Latest News about Apple iWork, but in mixed marriages like mine, where Linda has Mac and I have a PC, well, it will be a lot easier to have compatible software and use each other’s systems in a pinch. It goes without saying that the more viable OpenOffice is, the more viable Linux is in general. And this season’s fad, the ultra-cheap Linux-based netbooks like the Asus Eee PC, now easily fit into a mixed collection of Macs and PCs… Ver mas

Y bueno, haciendo otra cita, directa de la página de OpenOffice:

OpenOffice.org 3 is free software. That means you are free to download it, free to install it on as many PCs as you like, free to pass copies to as many people as you like. You may use OpenOffice.org 3 for any purpose without restriction: private, educational, public administration, commercial… Free, really free.

Asi que animense a probarlo! Es seguro que rebasa tus expectativas!

Fuentes:

OpenOffice 3: Useful, compatible and pretty!: http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/64981.html

Página del OpenOffice: http://www.openoffice.org/

3 comentarios leave one →
  1. Darius metal permalink
    noviembre 30, 2008 11:25 pm

    llevo trabajando con OO por más de 2 años y me parece muy superior que el privativo MS Office, lo más dificil de hacer que una persona se cambie ha OO es el hecho de que están culturalmente condicionados, ese es un problema que va más allá de las capacidades técnicas e intelectuales, cuando tenemos un problema cultural las cosas se vuelven más complejas… si solo no nos dieran porquería Windows desde primaria…

    Saludos

  2. diciembre 10, 2008 8:39 pm

    ufff eso que ni que mi Darius Metal, totalmente de acuerdo con usted, como siempre🙂

  3. Vook permalink
    diciembre 27, 2009 9:08 pm

    Yo entiendo que sea gratis y que eso es una ventaja garrafal contra MS office, lo unico que no me gustó es que no soporte macros con codigo de VB, yo en lo personal hago macros con MUCHO codigo de vb, tengo una macro que permite capturar registros desde varios equipos de computo, guardando datos de la PC que los emite, en fin.. infinidad de cosas, y cuando lo intente correr en OO NADA funciono, todo me lo toma como comentarios… y por dios, si me tarde en programarlo cuando yo ya conocia VB, si quiero pasarlo a OO, tengo que aprender otro lenguaje de programacion… mejor aprendo PHP o JavaScript:/

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