Posted by: Brian Masinick
on June 23, 2005 08:04 AM
I don't have very stringent personal requirements for an office suite. In fact, except for the expectation these days of having resumes written in a Word readable format, I have little use for office suites. I suppose if I did a bit more project work, I'd use the presentation tools - I certainly used the entire office suite while I was attending graduate school.
For what I do, Open Office is more than sufficient to get the job done. However, now that several of the other open alternatives do basic document handling, I could probably use KWord, Abiword, or Open Office. I have to say, though, Open Office has really stabilized over the years. Most of the time I use Version 1.1.3 on my main desktop system, but I have tested out an early version of Open Office 2.0 and it seems to work even a bit better than the usual version I use.
One feature I particularly like in Open Office is the ability to generate output in a couple different formats. Sure, I could run one of those UNIX thisTOthat application filters, but it sure is nice to have conversion features built in.