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The Apache OpenOffice software is freely available for download at on Internet as full-featured office productivity tools. OpenOffice can also open and save documents in many other formats, including those used by several versions of Microsoft Office which makes it compaitable to most of the avlaibel office productivity tools. This helps the user to work with various format of documents in OpenOffice smoothly without worrying much about the covrension of the document from one format to another. OpenOffice is also works on Linux and Microsoft Windows platform.

OpenOffice includes the following components.

  1. Writer - Word Processor
  2. Calc - Spreadsheet
  3. Impress - Presentation tool
  4. Base - Database
  5. Math - Formula Editor

Let understand the funationality of these OpenOffice tools.

Writer (word processor)

Writer is the word processor component of the OpenOffice Suite. It is used for creating document such as letters, books, reports, newsletters, brochures, and other documents. It has all the features of a word processor such as spelling check, thesaurus, hyphenation, autocorrect, find and replace, automatic generation of tables of contents and indexes, mail merge, and many others. You can insert graphics and objects from other components into Writer documents. Writer can export files to HTML, XHTML, XML, Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF), and several versions of Microsoft Word files. It also connects to your email client.

Calc (spreadsheet)

Calc is the spreadsheet component of the OpenOffice Suite. Calc has all of the advance analysis, charting, and decision-making features expected from a high-end spreadsheet. It includes over 300 functions for financial, statistical, and mathematical operations, among others. The Scenario Manager provides “what if” analysis. Calc generates 2-D and 3-D charts, which can be integrated into other OpenOffice documents as well. You can also open and work with Microsoft Excel workbooks and save them in Excel format. Calc can export spreadsheets to Adobe’s PDF and to HTML.

Impress (presentations)

Impress is the tools to create presentation in OpenOffice. Impress provides all the common multimedia presentation tools, such as special effects, animation, and drawing tools. Slide shows can be further enhanced with sound and video clips. Impress is compatible with Microsoft’s PowerPoint file format and can also save your work in numerous graphics formats, including Macromedia Flash (SWF).

Base (Database)

Base is the database component of the OpenOffice Suite. It provides tools for day-to-day database work within a simple interface. It can create and edit forms, reports, queries, tables, views, and relations, so that managing a connected database is much the same as in other popular database applications. You can also use dBASE, Microsoft Access, MySQL, or Oracle, or any ODBC-compliant or JDBC-compliant database in Base.

Math (formula editor)

Math is the formula or equation editor of the OpenOffice Suite. You can use it to create complex equations that include symbols or characters usually not available in standard font sets. While it is most commonly used to create formulas in other documents, such as Writer and Impress files, Math can also work as a standalone tool. You can save formulas in the standard Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) format for inclusion in web pages and other documents not created by OpenOffice.

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