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In my opinion, Apache OpenOffice is best suited for writing, editing and proofreading texts in any language. You can also download additional language packages that really take up little space in your PC's storage. Of course, Apache OpenOffice is comprehensive of spreadsheet-/drawing-/database-related softwares and so on, but I primarily use it for writing and editing my own texts. I don't see any scenarios where it is less appropriate, at least so far.
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Organising results of brainstorming session for threat and error management solutions is how we mostly use ConceptDraw MINDMAP. Another common use is for dynamic note taking while attending conferences or classes. It can also be used to prepare notes when giving classes. We also used it sometimes for accident investigation analysis, building diagrams of probable causes leading to the event.
Read full review Pros The number one strength of OpenOffice is the flexibility it gives. We can open any file type, save any file type - it's pretty much invincible. Even if we're going to work on this in a different program, just being able to open some of these ancient files that we get from local city governments is a huge win for us. It's also administrator friendly - I'll use it a lot on the road because the licensing is so much easier to deal with than trying to check out a license from a server or make sure that everybody has internet connectivity. It just looks pretty! It's legitimately a quality product, the layout looks good, it's not nearly as pushy as "other suites," and for the money it's the best! Read full review Brainstorming Documenting hierarchies Read full review Cons There seem to be issues using this app in Windows 10. It worked fine when we used it on Windows 7, but after we upgraded the network with NEW Win 10 computers, it takes a very long time to process commands. It will not allow any upgrades. Read full review Limited drawing tools with the free version initially seemed a bit fiddly to navigate the interface was a bit 'busy' Read full review Likelihood to Renew
It is a cheap alternative; however, with
licenses also dropping significantly, we might opt to go in that direction to maintain uniformity.
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It is so easy to use and produces quality work comparable to its paid competitor, Microsoft Office. I highly recommend this free software to any who need to make the switch to powerful and free Office software.
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Is there really support? There is a user forum but I do not see much developer input. Support options are limited. The most recent (Sept 2019) version of the product seems to have issues operating under Windows 10, yet there are few recent comments in the community forum, most comments are regarding older versions.
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Support team is one of the best in ConceptDraw MINDMAP, the response was quick and solution for the problem is clear with best ticketing management. The right customer approach gives you hassle free interaction with support team.
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We found that it is possible to use Open Office to accomplish everything we need. Some tasks required searching for steps on Google.
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Apache OpenOffice is less intense on our computer systems and saves us a ton of financial resources. Since our document creation and editing needs are typical of a small business and not very complex, Apache OpenOffice is sufficient for us. We think that almost any smaller to medium sized business would feel the same way if they don't have a need to make or edit complex documents.
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As we were already using PROJECT, it became obvious that ConceptDraw MINDMAP was the product to use. The integration between those two products is very convenient and useful. The fact that ConceptDraw MINDMAP solutions was usable on Mac OS was also a pre requisite for us. We did not use any other Mind Map software.
Read full review Return on Investment Moving to OpenOffice will save the company the cost of 500+ of Microsoft Office licenses in our company. Because it is cross-platform, we could also save 500+ of Microsoft Windows licenses if we move everyone to Linux. On the negative side, the lack of online collaboration and browser support may be an issue when you use clouds like Box, Workboard etc. Read full review More efficient brainstorming Read full review ScreenShots ConceptDraw MINDMAP Screenshots