Friday, July 14, 2006

A Lot of MS Office Alternatives

Up to now, there has been a lot of Microsoft Office alternatives. You can have a fully suite product, or you can use a separate application for each purposes. You can also do it offline (usually formed as a product) or you can do it online (this is the new trends that we have right now).

For complete, product, you can choose a lot of alternatives. Some of the popular products are OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, Gnumeric, and KOffice (it's only in GNU/Linux). You can find a lot more if you are willing to find in Google or other search engine.

If you don't want to install any applications, you might want to try other alternatives which is online application and ajax/flash-based. For word processing, you can use AjaxWrite. For spreadsheet, you use Google's product, Google Spreadsheet, and for presentations, you can use Empressr (Thanks to Puji for the information). So, you can have a lot of alternatives out there. It's up to you to decide which application do you want to use.

6 comments:

  1. I wasn't interested in the (mostly) open source alternatives of MS Office, but lately they're beginning to take my attention. I've tried OpenOffice.org and liked it, and according to my experience, OOo consumed less memory and its *.odt file extension is smaller (for the same texts) than *.doc.

    So are you one of OOo's developers?

    Anyway, greetings from me :)

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  2. Yes, it does consumes a lot of memory since it was built based on Java, which is quite slow up to now. Let's hope Java developers will fix this problem and OOo will become faster.

    All of OOo's files are basically a XML file and it's compressed with JAR (which is equals with ZIP), so it will be smaller than doc which is uncompressed form. You can open the file with WinZip and see the contents of it also if you like :D

    Yes, i'm an OOo developers. I'm the coordinator for Indonesian Documentation Project and also the Indonesian Native Lang Project.

    Thanks and nice to meet you also :D

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  3. OpenOffice is written in C++, not Java.

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  4. Is that so? So why does it take so long to open the application at first? (it's java's culture to have this behaviour), but thanks for the corrections :D

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  5. Hi, I am Cliff from Hong Kong, working for EditGrid. I invite you to take a look into this products. Like Google spreadsheets, we are another online spreadsheet of Web 2.0, unlikely Google spreadsheets, we are making EditGrid a product working in a different direction as Google's.

    Here is a comparison with Google: EditGrid vs Google .

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  6. Thanks. I wrote it in my latest post (http://willysr.blogspot.com/2006/07/new-google-spreadsheet-rival.html). Please check my blog again :D

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