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An alpha release was just announced for Open Office 3. Being an Ubuntu user, Open Office is really the only sane choice I have for an office suite. At work I’m using Microsoft Office 2007. Among the office suite applications, I’m most of a power user for the spreadsheet applications. Here’s my side-by-side comparison of Excel and oOo Calc:
Microsoft Excel 2007 on Windows XP:
- Looks really pretty.
- Loads up quickly.
- Proprietary and expensive.
- Not available for Linux.
OpenOffice Calc 2.4.1 on Ubuntu:
- Feature-rich – has some features that excel does not.
- I can have a sandwich in the time it’s loading.
- Free as in speech, and as in beer too!
- Usability issues, such as inconveniently prompting a dialog box on every delete. (This is logged in their database as bug # 9392. There’s a workaround, but hopefully it will be fixed by default in Open Office 3)
- Autofilter feature is immature compared to Excel, not enough options for filtering.
- It can open a password-protected XLS correctly (prompting me for the password), but it can’t save it back with the password.
- I was going to complain about the UI, but now that I’ve thought better of it, it’s no worse than other GTK/Linux apps.
After finding out that KDE4 was already available for Kubuntu 7.10, the nice screenshots of the new Oxygen theme and hints of a revamped panel and widget system appealed to my inner geek envy, so I decided to install and give it a whirl.
My quick impression, after 15 minutes of usage:
Roy Tang is a:
- programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart
- Frustrated writer and sketch artist
- Magic player on weekends
- Randomly amazed
- Software developer since 2003. If you’d like to work with me, take a look at my resume.
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