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Mark Leighton Fisher (4252)

Mark Leighton Fisher
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I am a Systems Engineer at Regenstrief Institute [regenstrief.org]. I also own Fisher's Creek Consulting [comcast.net].
Friday July 16, 2004
11:25 AM

OpenOffice: First Impressions

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OpenOffice entered my office February 2004, as the computer I am writing this with only came with Microsoft Works (I did not want to pay full retail for Microsoft Office while I am still starting up the consulting business). OpenOffice V1.1 just works for what I do make resumes, some letter writing, and some short documents for my consulting business and my wife and daughter's schools.

Speed is quite good except for program startups (but I am being spoiled by the (nearly) instant-on nature of my older PalmOS PDA). I have not seen any problems with document compatibility between OpenOffice and Microsoft Word; I use the OpenOffice word processor to do all my conversions of text and HTML to Microsoft Word.

I found my first defect today chart text reformatting can squish your chart labels if you are not careful (I finally generated both charts after several retries).

OpenOffice V1.1 is well worth a look for those wanting an alternative to Microsoft Office, especially an extensible and Open Source alternative.

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  • If only it supported nested tables, column layouts for paragraphs instead of pages, tables in text frames.

    And it'd be nice if it didn't associate paragraph info with the end-of-paragraph marker at the *beginning* of a paragraph, but the one at the end. Currently, if you have:

    Lorem ipsum blah blah

    Foo

    Where Foo is a heading, and you remove the newline between the two paragraphs, it is no longer a heading. This is very, very annoying. It bites me every work day.

    Still, it's worth much more than it costs and