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Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 [Open Source Download]

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  • The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite including a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager, and a drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to those of other office suites.
  • OpenOffice reads and writes in Microsoft Office and iWork productivity suite formats.
  • Available for Windows and Mac computers.
  • OpenOffice runs on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows.
  • Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL open-source protocols, allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.
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  • Release Date: September 10, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
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Why use Apache OpenOffice?
Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files in Microsoft and iWork office suite formats. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Great software:
Apache OpenOffice is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software. The result: Apache OpenOffice does everything you want your office software to do, the way you want it to.
  • Better by design:  Developed over twenty years, Apache OpenOffice is a mature, reliable, product. OpenOffice was designed from the start as a single piece of software - not bolted together from separate software packages. This makes it very consistent and easy to use - what you learn in one application is immediately usable in another. The context-sensitive help works across all applications, unobtrusively providing the precise help you need. You can even open any type of document from any application. It also runs on all major computing platforms - Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, Sun Solaris, Apple Mac.
  • Better for you:  Apache OpenOffice contains all the office software you need, in one single package. You don't have to worry which version to install: one installation program provides everything. The installation also includes features which some expensive rivals do not - for example, the ability to create .pdf files when you want to guarantee what the recipient sees on their computer. There is also a growing range of extensions: additional features that any developer can provide.

  • Honest software:  Apache OpenOffice is developed using an open-software, "no secrets" approach. Anyone can look at the programs and suggest improvements, or fix bugs. Anyone can report problems or request enhancements, and anyone can see the response from other users or developers. The status of current and future releases is displayed on a public wiki, so you can decide if and when you want to upgrade to take advantage of new features. Anyone used to commercial software and its hyping and marketing speak will find Apache OpenOffice refreshingly different. Enjoy the benefits of open-source.

An Office Suite of Programs:
OpenOffice includes a suite of office programs to suite your needs.  Similar to Microsoft Office and Apple iWorks, OpenOffice includes a word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation manager, drawing tool, database, and mathematical equation editor.
  • Writer -- a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.  It's simple enough for a quick memo, powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, etc. You're free to concentrate on your message - while Writer makes it look great
  • Calc -- a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyse, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.  Calc is the spreadsheet program you've always wanted. Newcomers find it intuitive and easy to learn; professional data miners and number crunchers will appreciate the comprehensive range of advanced functions.
  • Impress -- the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.  Impress is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will stand out with 2D and 3D clip art, special effects, animation, and high-impact drawing tools.
  • Draw -- lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.  Draw - from a quick sketch to a complex plan, Draw gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is powerful tool for technical or general posters, etc.
  • Base -- lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within Apache OpenOffice.  Base is a fully featured desktop database management system, designed to meet the needs of a broad array of users, from just tracking your personal CD collection to producing a corporate monthly departmental sales report.  Base offers wizards to help users new to database design (or just new to Base) to create Tables, Queries, Forms and Reports, along with a set of predefined table definitions for tracking Assets, Customers, Sales Orders, Invoices and much more.
  • Math -- lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.  Math is Apache OpenOffice's component for mathematical equations. It is most commonly used as an equation editor for text documents, but it can also be used with other types of documents or stand-alone. When used inside Writer, the equation is treated as an object inside the text document. Similarly, one can also insert these into other Apache OpenOffice programs like Calc and Impress.
Easy to use:
Apache OpenOffice is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice straight away. If you already have files from another office package - OpenOffice will probably read them with no difficulty.
  • Use it immediately:  For people used to other office software, Apache OpenOffice is a pleasant surprise. Because OpenOffice is one piece of software, everything works consistently between applications. Even the help system is the same. You don't even have to know which application was used to create a document - OpenOffice will use the correct one.

  • No need to retype:  Many people already have documents which they have created using other common office software packages. Apache OpenOffice can read these files with a very high degree of accuracy, making migration to OpenOffice very straightforward. In fact OpenOffice has been able to read files which the original software package had said were corrupted and unusable. If your friends or colleagues use different software, you can still swap files with them.

  • Part of a community:  When you're starting something new, it's great to know tens of millions of people have been there before you. Apache OpenOffice is developed, translated, supported, and promoted by an international community of tens of thousands of enthusiasts. If you have ever waited for ages for paid-for support from a commercial software provider, community support from enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers may come as a surprise. You may even find yourself talking to people who have developed or translated the software you are using.

It's free:
Apache OpenOffice can be downloaded and used entirely free of any license fees. Apache OpenOffice is released under the Apache 2.0 Licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. You may install it on as many computers as you like. You may make copies and give them away to family, friends, students, employees - anyone you like.
  • Free of charge:  It's hard to believe that high quality, easy to use software like Apache OpenOffice can really be free. But thanks to contributions of time and money, from individuals and companies (large and small), OpenOffice is free for you to use today. Furthermore, the open-source licence used by OpenOffice means this freedom can never be taken away. The OpenOffice community are delighted if you find our software of use.

  • Freedom from worry:  A free software licence means much more than a one-off cost saving. It means you never need worry again whether your software is legal, or whether it will expire some day. For people responsible for a number of computers - from just a few in a small business, hundreds in a school, thousands in a corporation - this is a huge weight off the mind. No need for software audits, for keeping invoices for years, no worry about ending up in court because you misread some small print in a licence agreement.

  • Apache values your freedom:  Apache OpenOffice will read and write files which can be used in other common office software. It was the first software in the world to fully support the ISO standard for office file formats which is being adopted by a growing number of software vendors. If you want to use other software, we want you to be free to do so. If you want to change your PC from Microsoft Windows to Apple Mac to Linux, we want you to be free to do so.

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159 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Free Microsoft Office alternative September 17, 2012
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Thanks to Apache OpenOffice, I saved over $100. Instead of buying Microsoft Office I downloaded OpenOffice for free.

I installed on my Windows XP and Windows 7 machines. It installs a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation editor (Impress) and some other smaller programs. These are comparable to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

I'm a long-time OpenOffice user, and these applications work well for me. I can read and write my Microsoft documents and do all of my normal editing work. The UI is not the same as MS Office, but it is close enough to be familiar and intuitive for most tasks.

Note also that there is a huge collection of free extensions (and templates) for OpenOffice that can be downloaded from their website.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest thing... March 12, 2013
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since sliced bread. Why can't everything be this great? I changed all of my computers to this office suite. It opens all windows documents and open source stuff. Many more tools than the other programs that you have to pay for, which i don't understand. Seems to run faster which i attribute to no bloat in the programming. I am running windows 7 and this works great.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OpenOffice November 3, 2012
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OpenOffice, though not as pretty and polished as Microsoft Office, fills the niche of an office suite in open source environments. It is also great for cost saving in situations where Microsoft Office either does not run well or is too expensive to use.

I mostly only use the word processor and presentation builder applications from the suite, and I find both of them to be more enjoyable to use than their Microsoft counterparts.

OpenOffice can open a variety of file formats, including Microsoft Office files. Sometimes rendering is not exact, but it is generally adequate for office and home use. Likewise, OpenOffice saves to a number of formats, including Microsoft's formats and Adobe PDF. I find the "Export to PDF" feature helpful, as it makes a simple way to portably save things formatted for the page.

I was torn on offering four stars or five. On the one hand, it is visibly less mature than Microsoft Office. On the other hand, it's free. OpenOffice is the most complete Open Source office suite presently on Amazon, and you cannot beat it for the price.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not micro-word September 1, 2013
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I do very little other than write letters and such on the program. So... I am probably no the best person to review this program. It works great for me and I did not have to pay for Microsoft word. I had Word on my old computer and found it irritating that it would not just transfer to Windows 8 on my new computer. Since I paid for it once I should not have to pay for it again. I'm happy Apache was available.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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As some other reviewers here have said, you get what you pay for. If you are too broke to pay for MS Office, this is an alternative that goes beyond WordPad. You can do page numbering, tables, calculations, convert things to PDF, etc. However, do not expect to have an easy time of it if you have serious academic or business to accomplish. The following are some low points of my personal experience:

* Spell checking is difficult to implement in one language, and God help you if you need more than one language. It's doable, but expect to make a several hour project of getting the spell checker to work. Then, when you upgrade, there is a good chance that you will have to redo all the dictionaries from the start.

* If your document requires the use of multiple sections, you will have a terrible time getting things like your headers and footers to work. Then, even if everything is fine, or if you import a Word doc with multiple sections, expect the formatting to be violently screwed up every single time you reopen the document.

* The styles are very different from Word, but as long as you only have one section in your document, they are workable. However, resetting the default Normal style will not be fun at all.

I really wanted to love this free, open source project, but these are among some major flaws that are not going to be fixed any time soon. Somebody needs to take the source code, start a company with things like project managers and QA, and fix it radically.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, and free! March 4, 2013
By Dane
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I bought a new laptop that didn't come with a word processor, and needed something that would open my old files, and do basic word processing. Didn't want to pay a lot of money for Word, so gave this a try, and it works fine for my purposes.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected ~ Very Pleased with this Software February 22, 2014
By Peabea
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My Microsoft Office 2003 is not compatible with my new computer and Windows 8.1, but I needed a program so I could access my word and excel files. When I searched for programs to replace it, they were more than I wanted to spend. So, I searched in case there might me cheaper or even free programs and I found this one. It is as good and matches Office so I am more than pleased. I can access the files I already had with my Office software, and the ease of use is great. You won't be disappointed!!! I highly recommend this program and I've used Office since the 90's and this program is just as good.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review March 16, 2013
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Spellcheck js not as good as MS office; otherwise, a worthy product that suits the needs of the average user
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