April 23, 2020
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons
- Full Featured - Just about everything you can get in a purchased office suite is available - word processor, spreadsheet, slides, drawing, database.
- The Draw program provides features that you may not find elsewhere (at least not easily) - e.g. flowcharts with arrows that automatically connect to boxes, following smooth lines.
- Follows industry standards - e.g. the spreadsheet uses the same formulas you'd be used to from Excel.
- Compatible - Easily open and edit documents from Microsoft suite; save in all the usual file formats, with good formatting. (i.e. It won't look skewed when you send it to others. There are small issues with editing existing slides from PowerPoint, but these are minor.)
- Editing PDFs - Word will not let you do this. For small-scale edits, LibreOffice Draw works great.
- Maintained actively with frequent and useful updates.
- The menus are outdated; while it's full featured, some tools are buried within dialogs that you'd have to find under sub-sub-menus, etc.
- It's not online. The current way of collaboration is online apps like Google Docs. This makes collaboration less convenient.
- It can give a poor impression if it becomes visible to clients or other stakeholders; this isn't a flaw with the suite itself, but often impression matters.