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Apache OpenOffice

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WordPerfect Office

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Apache OpenOffice

OpenOffice is the best for smaller offices, or offices that need flexibility and the ability to work with multiple file types. It's amazing when you're starting out and you can work without worrying about licensing, fees, or restrictive trial programs. It just works, and it works for free - which is pretty much the best case.
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WordPerfect Office

WordPerfect is stable using old documents and long documents. You can open them with ease and quickly. The formatting in WordPerfect is totally in your control, and the access to the formatting code makes this possible (Alt-F3). It is needed when using old documents that have been created in the past and are continually updated.
Let's not forget there is no Cloud feature to WordPerfect. In all honesty, if anyone is looking to create a new document MSWord is going to be the better choice.
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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!
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  • WordPerfect has kept many of the same features for the past 20 years. It can even open documents made 20 years ago. Large documents are opened easily.
  • WordPerfect has a ton of formatting options. It is fairly easy to format items and lets you see the code that it is using to format, which does make changes easy.
  • WordPerfect comes built in with exporting to MS Word and PDF among many others. This is a nice addition since not many people have WordPerfect.
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Cons

  • I would like to see more inclusive design - things that make accessibility a priority. Some of our users are older or vision impaired, and being able to include them is important to us.
  • This is nit-picky, but I don't like how it opens the startup menu every time - like you open a program, and it opens the overall menu. So, for example, I want to work on a database file in calc, so I open up calc - the first thing it does is say "which of these programs would you like to work with?" I just opened Calc - that's what I want, why are you asking me if I want to edit a presentation?
  • For whatever reason, formatting can sometimes be a little wonky around pictures - I get that that's a thing, but man I wish someone would perfect the ability to drag and drop pictures without exploding everything else in the document, you know?
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  • WordPerfect clearly has not updated the user interface in some years. It looks akin to Windows 98 icons and frames. The icons are not always intuitive.
  • The spreadsheet program seems like it is years behind. Almost everything is easier to do on Excel. It also looks very dated.
  • It is less automated. While this is nice for formatting, if you want the program to guess what you would like to do with formatting, that isn't going to happen.
  • The menus have tons of options; way too many really.
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WordPerfect Office5.0
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I would rather use Microsoft Word but since the conversion isn't flawless we are stuck using WordPerfect.
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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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Apache OpenOffice (OO) is less complicated than MS Office. This makes it easier for beginners to learn. On the other hand, it does not seem to have some of the more advanced features that power users like (but that can confuse and frustrate basic users). OO could profit by abandoning some of the MS traits, such as not having an unnumbered first line option in spreadsheets.
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WordPerfect and Microsoft Office are two very comparable programs. Word really is better than WordPerfect in every area other than the ultimate control over formating that WordPerfect gives you. If you are not converting documents that are 20 years old, Microsoft Office is the way to go, not WordPerfect.
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Return on Investment

  • I don't have to worry about tangling with MS.
  • I can do word processing and spreadsheet work for free.
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  • WordPerfect has made it possible to continue to update a 20 year old document and keep it viable.
  • It is foreseeable that eventually documents will be able to be converted to MSWord flawlessly and this would be a great bonus, but currently it is a downfall; one that keeps us using WordPerfect although.
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Apache OpenOffice

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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WordPerfect Office

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