Best open Office suite
October 29, 2018

Best open Office suite

Miguel Useche | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with LibreOffice

It's used by all the organization to write all documents and to make spreadsheets. We use it because we want to have all documents in an open format that we know it will be maintained for multiple years. Also their price is lower so it helps the organization to save costs by avoiding the need of multiple licenses for an Office software.
  • It's lightweight, it opens fast and doesn't consume a lot of resources. Helpful for older computers.
  • Real multi-platform, I can use the same software on Windows, Linux and MacOS. I can compose a document on my MacOS laptop and the open it at my linux machine without any problems. Also workers can use any OS without losing compatibility with OpenOffice.
  • Great compatibility with other offices suites, it can open any document format so we don't have to worry about formats.
  • One click export to PDF, we can quickly creates PDF by exporting with a single click.
  • UI is outdated, it feels like an Office suite from a decade ago.
  • Some tools are not intuitive, I have to search documentation or online guides to do some tasks.
  • Their Microsoft compatiblity is not enough
  • A lot of ROI because their license price, 100% of return.
  • Sometimes we lose time finding how to do things, lowering a little bit of productivity.
  • We need to spend on training for employees because most people only know how to use Microsoft Office
I choose LibreOffice because it's open source, free, low cost and multi-platform. It's the perfect office suite if you use Linux, there's no bettter choice. Also by reducing license costs, company could spend money on more important stuff.

Also there's a lot of documentation online so people can learn how to use the tools by their own.
Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu Linux
It's a great suite for organization where they can't spend a lot of money on licenses. I recommend it when employees have multiple operating systems and want to use a single office suite.

I don't recomend it if all your bussiness platform is managed by Microsoft software.

Evaluating LibreOffice and Competitors

Yes - Microsoft Office 2010 due to license costs and poor OpenXML support.
  • Price
  • Product Features
Price, Libreoffice doesn't charge for a license, if there are multiple employees in the organization you'll save a lot of money.
By checking all the features that LibreOffice has and seeing their compatibility with other document formats.

Using LibreOffice

There are multiple things that are not intuitive and are not obvious. You have to go the documentation in order to know how to do them.
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Feel confident using
  • Creating index table on LibreOffice Writer is simple to use.
  • LibreOffice Impress is easy to create any kind of slides, there's no initial learning barrier, you can start using it right away.
  • LibreOffice Writer lets you edit images quickly and even edit them with an external tool.
  • Changing slide's background at Impress is hard to do and not intuititve.
  • Edit styles at LibreOffice writer is hard, editing them and saving them requires a lot of steps and if you change document you can't migrate config.