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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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Organizing information. Doing research. Organizing goals. Planning tasks. Planning meetings. Structure for writing documents.
Sharing documents among the teams/multiple users. General-purpose infographics. Writing longer paragraphs in the note field is very limited. Integration with GitHub. Integration with Confluence. XMind uses a proprietary document format which is not indexed by search programs on a PC or a Mac. This means that one cannot search in the content of the XMind documents. 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 User interface. User experience. .Simplification Enables digital write up. 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 Sharing documents among the teams. Plugins for the tool that can enhance functionality. Better printed output for large mindmaps. Faster updates to new versions. 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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The support around a bug in the tool which prevented the correct printing of diagrams. Support came back after a few days, and there was no workaround. Eventually, the bug was fixed in a future release. The company does not pay much attention to user forums. With better support and plugin mechanism for user contributions, the product would be more convincing.
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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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It has a different form.
is good for task management. Xmind will give an overall connection between different tasks and how all the tasks interconnect to each other. The reminder function in
is good to keep track. However, a bird's eye view in Xmind will put conversations into context, and ease the navigation of any discussions.
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 Increased productivity of employees. Provided structure and clear thought processes. Reusable content. Read full review ScreenShots