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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache OpenOffice

OpenOffice is excellent for quick use to accomplish the same tasks as competitors. It's useful for personal use as well as note-taking or presentations within the business setting.
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draw.io

draw.io will work well for you if you're looking to quickly put together a diagram or some other visual to help you and your team get on the same page. I use it particularly to build out, design, and share marketing and sales funnels with my team and clients. I have a visual brain, so being able to see things clearly laid out in front of me saves a ton of time and energy. It pulls ideas from the ether and solidifies them. I wouldn't use it if you're looking for a solution that works great on mobile when it comes to editing your diagrams. Also, if you're looking for lots of bells and whistles (i.e. adding beautiful custom graphics to a presentation) I wouldn't use this. It's much more my "in-the-trenches" get my ideas out into the real world FAST tool.
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Pros

  • The program is free-ware. It can be quickly downloaded.
  • Correcting typos and finding errors in text are easy with this program.
  • OpenOffice documents can be saved in other formats such asthose from Microsoft and more basic ones.
  • Its interface is fairly straightforward and relatively easy to use.
  • For people used to Microsoft products, most of the basic functions are essentially the same.
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  • draw.io makes it easy to edit whatever you're mapping out. Whether adding or removing a box, arrow, etc., draw.io automatically auto corrects your map and snaps things back into place. This keeps everything looking clean while you're working.
  • draw.io syncs with Google Drive which is awesome for collaboration. When I used other, offline software, I would have to complete whatever I was working on in draw.io, save the file and then add it to my Dropbox or Google Drive. From there, the person I was showing it to would have to download it and was unable to make revisions. draw.io makes it simple to send easy-to-edit in real time drawings to anyone through Google Drive.
  • draw.io is super simple to use. The interface is not confusing at all. All you have to do is point and click and the drawing builds itself out.
  • It's easy to add text and layer things together.
  • Copying and pasting whole sections of your drawing is easy and can save massive amounts of time. All you have to do is create a template once and then you can use it multiple times.
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Cons

  • Though not often, the software can occasionally act glitchy: it can lag a little bit or crash altogether, though this is rare in my experience.
  • The primary document format in OpenOffice is ODF, rather than DOC. I sometimes experience incompatibility when opening files from Microsoft DOC in OpenOffice, such as formatting errors.
  • OpenOffice does not have a built-in grammar check tool. This can be remedied by downloading an extension, but I'd like to see it built-in.
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  • It's not completely robust like Visio is. I'm limited in the type and quantity of shapes I can use. But hey, it's free. And it works great.
  • Creating a swimlane process flow to show how different actors work together to complete a process was a little tough to figure out at first. But you can just look up quick "how to" instructions (hint - swimlanes are called containers, and you have to rotate them so they're horizontal rather than vertical - kind of a pain).
  • Adding special shapes and other graphics can slow down the speed of the application. However, I just try to keep it simple. If you're looking for something more robust, you'll probably be a little disappointed with draw.io.
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Usability

Apache OpenOffice9.0
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It is pretty straight-forward as well as easy to learn. Its documents can be saved in various formats.
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draw.io8.0
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We have not uses it that often. The product does not seem to encounter issues
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I found draw.io right when I was getting tired of using Visio. It has lots of freedom and flexibility.
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Return on Investment

  • In my personal use, Apache OpenOffice has been a very wise decision. It is completely free and a very stable product.
  • Our use of the OpenOffice API to handle document conversion process in a programmatic fashion was very successful as well.
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  • I am not a business guy. For myself, the positive things are:
  • I can draw figures easily.
  • I can put them in PowerPoint with good resolution for presentations.
  • Export them in a PDF format to put in latex which gives me the best illustration and clarity of my drawing.
  • It is handy to use and it takes me a very short time to draw my required figures compared to other tools.
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Apache OpenOffice

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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No
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draw.io

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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