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The advantages of OpenOffice

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Here are some of the advantages of OpenOffice Suite over other Office Producvity Suites:

  • No license fees. OpenOffice is free for anyone to use and distribute at no cost. Many features that are available as 'extra cost add-ins' in other office suites (like PDF export) are free with OpenOffice.
  • Open Source. You can distribute, copy, and modify the software as much as you wish, in accordance with either of OpenOffice’s Open Source licenses.
  • Cross-Platform. OpenOffice runs on several hardware architectures and under multiple operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris.
  • Extensive Language Support. OpenOffice’s user interface is available in over 40 different languages, and the OOo project provides spelling, hyphenation, and thesaurus dictionaries in over 70 languages and dialects. OpenOffice also provides support for both Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) layout languages (such as Urdu, Hebrew, and Arabic).
  • Consistent User Interface. All the components of OpenOffice Suite have a similar “look and feel,” making them easy to use and master.
  • Integration. The components of OpenOffice are well integrated with one another. All the components share a common spelling checker and other tools, which are used consistently across the suite. For example, the drawing tools available in Writer are also found in Calc, with similar but enhanced versions in Impress and Draw. You do not need to know which application was used to create a particular file. For example, you can open a Draw file from Writer.
  • File Compatibility. In addition to its native OpenDocument formats, OpenOffice includes PDF and Flash export capabilities, as well as support for many common file formats including Microsoft Office, HTML, XML, WordPerfect, and Lotus 1-2-3.
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