Posted by: Anonymous
on September 11, 2007 11:56 PM
The only thing that I use Openoffice is to read something that some cretin has sent me in .doc format. If you want to make nice documents then use LaTeX. It's as simple as that. Things like cross-referencing, headers & footers, bibliographies, indices and page styles are all BULLET-PROOF in LaTeX. OK, so you can't easily draw diagrams and stuff in LaTeX (although it's possible), but then you shouldn't be doing that in a word processor either. If you want to do something like drawing diagrams or editing/resizing pictures and the like then you should use a program that is designed to do that, not a work processor that has some basic drawing functionality that is going to screw up on you at the first opportunity. If you want to do a professional job of page layout for publications, with a lot of text wrapping around pictures and at funny angles and funky styles etc, then you probably should use a professional layout package for that, not a word processor. I recommend Scribus, it's good, free and open source. Basically, I don't think that there is any place for WYSIWYG word processors. OK, so they do an OK job of a whole bunch of things, but there is always a proper way of doing the thing that you're trying to do and the program for doing that will do it a heck of a lot better. Don't get me wrong, I'm not rubbishing Writer (or Word, for that matter), they're both very good programs, I just think that they're pointless. I'd just like to be clear that this view is not extended to the whole of Office/Openoffice I think that the other bits definitely have some worthwhile functionality.