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Discussion in 'Software' started by chrisb2e9, 19 Mar 2008.

  1. chrisb2e9

    chrisb2e9 Dont do that...

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    Hello,
    Are there are free word processing programs out there similar to what Microsoft Word can do? I used to have the cd for it but I cant find it now and I was wondering if there may be an open source program or something else that is available to download without purchase.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Matticus

    Matticus ...

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    Open office is your best bet

    http://www.openoffice.org/

    Quite simalar to MS office, so its easy to migrate from MS office to openoffice.

    Hope that helps
     
  3. Squadexodus

    Squadexodus I got my cookie. What about you?

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    You beat me...
    But the cool thing about open office is that it can open word documents, and word can open its documents.
     
  4. chrisb2e9

    chrisb2e9 Dont do that...

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    Perfect, I knew I had seen someone metion that before but I couldn't remember the name of it.
    Thanks!
     
  5. sam.g.taylor

    sam.g.taylor Apparently I'm Greg Kinnear

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    OpenOffice is good (I use it meself) but since it's a little large and resource hungry, if you just want a word processing program w/out the rest of the suite try AbiWord. It's got a lot of functionality but is lot lighter on your CPU and RAM (and HD, of course) than OpenOffice.
     
  6. Elv13

    Elv13 What's a Dremel?

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    KWord is comming soon for windows too, you can compile it right now, but it is not really usable for windows yet.
     
  7. johnmalc

    johnmalc That shouldn't happen....

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    Never knew it was available for the Windows platform, many thanks for the heads up! A great little program with multi language capability, all for free :thumb:
     
  8. Yotta

    Yotta Minimodder

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    As long as you don't save as the original default file type of odt. Easy enough to change the default file format though: tools > options > load/save > general > default file format > pick one you like. :)

    Being able to export as pdf is a nice feature of open office.
     
  9. DGrieve

    DGrieve What's a Dremel?

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    Although OpenOffice is a bit slow (pretty much because it's running on the JRE) it's such a small price to pay as opposed to... well, the big price of Microsoft Office. Not to mention it's cross platform, OpenOffice 3.0 is coming out soon (I think it's in beta) and receives a lot more community support than its counter-part.

    One of the best software packages available in my opinion, and nearly all Linux distros have it installed as standard.
     
  10. rls669

    rls669 i can has dremel?

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    I've heard that really elaborate documents give it fits, but it's more than enough for most users. If you're used to PowerPoint and switch to OO you might have a few :wallbash: moments though.
     
  11. DLoney

    DLoney What's a Dremel?

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  12. rls669

    rls669 i can has dremel?

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    Looks interesting, thanks for posting that.
     
  13. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    I use Openoffice mostly, but if I'm not at home or just want a quick fix I use Google Docs.
     

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