OpenOffice.org Video Transcript
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>> Hi. I'm Peter Butler from CNETdownload.com and today I'm taking a First Look at OpenOffice.org, the free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office. Just like Microsoft Offices various applications, OpenOffice.org lets you edit word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, formulas and other kinds of good stuff. Although the open document file format is the heart of OpenOffice.org, it also supports Word docs, Excel files, and PowerPoint presentations. Personally, I found OpenOffice.org to be incredibly helpful when working from home. Even though I don't have Microsoft Office on my home computer, I can still send work documents home through email and then edit them with OpenOffice. All the programs work together well, meaning it's easy to stick a formula from math into Calc or stick an image from Draw into Impress. The full installation required 113 megabytes of disk space, but you can pick and choose the components that you want to install and which ones you would rather not. OpenOffice.org also requires the free Java Runtime Environment, which now is licensed under a GPL license, which means you don't have to pay for it. All in all OpenOffice.org is a functional replacement for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the like and it's a powerful tool for users who can't afford the alternative. This has been Peter Butler from CNET Download.com taking a First Look at OpenOffice.org. Thanks for watching. ^M00:01:23 [ Music ]
OpenOffice.org is both an open-source product and a project. The product is a multiplatform office productivity suite. It includes desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager, and a drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to those of other office suites. OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office. Localizations of OpenOffice.org are available in 27 languages, with more being constantly added by the community. OpenOffice.org runs on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL open-source protocols, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.
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