Apache OpenOffice: The Free and Open-Source Office Software Suite for Everyone

OpenOffice The Free and Open-Source Office Software Suite

OpenOffice The Free and Open-Source Office Software Suite

OpenOffice: The Free and Open-Source Office Software Suite:Microsoft has been dominating the market of operating system and office suite but due to increase in number of good open source project it has been using its market share, for example, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was having more than 1/3 share of browsing market but due to popularity of opensource project like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Microsoft continuously losing its market share.

 www.openoffice.org or simply open office is like is like “Microsoft Office” but the difference between www.openoffice.org and Ms-Office is the cost because Openoffice.org is an open source software so it is available free of cost to everyone. it would be more beneficial for those who can afford the cost of Microsoft office. open office support almost all type of operating systems MS- Windows, Solaris, Linux, etc. those who used open office their experience shows that it can be the complete replacement of MS-Office.

Openoffice is an open source software and licenced under “GNU General Public Licence“. openoffice.org was acquired by Sun Microsystem (USA) in the year 1999. its name is openoffice.org, not OpenOffice because OpenOffice is already a registered trademark of any company.

OpenOffice.org’s mission statement was drafted by the community:

To create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.

Historical Background OpenOffice.org (OOo)

StarDivision, the original author of the StarOffice suite of software, was founded in Germany in the mid-1980s. It was acquired by Sun Microsystems during the summer of 1999 and StarOffice 5.2 was released in June of 2000. Subsequent versions of StarOffice software, beginning with 6.0, were built using the OpenOffice.org source, APIs, file formats, and reference implementation. Sun continued to sponsor development on OpenOffice.org for the next 10 years, a period during which not only did the project grow tremendously and became truly global, but the user base also saw an extraordinary increase, and as of the end of 2010 was estimated to be in excess of 100 Million. With its acquisition of Sun in 2010, Oracle was the principal contributor of code to OpenOffice.org. On June 1, 2011, OpenOffice.org, the project and product, including source code, trademarks, domain names and website, were donated to the Apache Software Foundation.

The source is written in C++ and delivers language-neutral and scriptable functionality, including Java™ APIs. This source technology introduces the next-stage architecture, allowing the use of the suite elements as separate applications or as embedded components in other applications. Numerous other features are also present including XML-based file formats based on the vendor-neutral OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard from OASIS and other resources.

Apache OpenOffice: The Free and Open-Source Office Software Suite-:

Let us know what is inside of openoffice.org

OpenOffice contains a unit known as Writer which is same as MS-Word preprocessor in Writer you can read pdf file without installation of any software. another unit of open office is Calc which work like MS-Excel, Impress is presentational software like MS-PowerPoint. A base is a database program like MS-Access. The draw is a vector graphics editor for OpenOffice which work like MS-Publisher and Math unit work like Microsoft equation editor.

www.openoffice.org is working to bring Openoffice in other languages and work is going on, for what is going on to bring Openoffice in Hindi Log on www.hi.openoffice.org

Features of Apache Openoffice-:

Why use Apache OpenOffice?

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processingspreadsheetspresentationsgraphicsdatabases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Apache OpenOffice Easy to use-:

Apache OpenOffice is easy to learn, and if you’re already using another office software package, you’ll take to OpenOffice straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that OpenOffice is probably available and supported in your own language. And if you already have files from another office package – OpenOffice will probably read them with no difficulty.

Apache OpenOffice is free-:

Best of all, Apache OpenOffice can be downloaded and used entirely free of any license fees. Like all Apache Software Foundation software, Apache OpenOffice is free to use. Apache OpenOffice is released under the Apache 2.0 License. This means you may use it for any purpose – domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. You may install it on as many computers as you like. You may make copies and give them away to family, friends, students, employees – anyone you like.

Here are some of the advantages of OpenOffice.org over other office suites:

  • No licensing fees. OOo (Abbreviation of OpenOffice.org) is free for anyone to use and distribute at no cost. Many features that are available at extra cost add-ins in other office suites (like PDF export) are free with OOo. There are no hidden charges now or in the future.
  • Open source. You can distribute, copy, and modify the software as much as you wish, in accordance with either of OOo’s Open Source licenses.
  • Cross-platform. OOo3 runs on several hardware architectures and under multiple operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris.
  • Extensive language support. OOo’s user interface is available in over 40 languages, and the OOo project provides spelling, hyphenation, and thesaurus dictionaries in over 70 languages and dialects. OOo also provides support for both Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) layout languages (such as Urdu, Hebrew, and Arabic).
  • Consistent user interface. All the components have a similar “look and feel,” making them easy to use and master.
  • Integration. The components of OpenOffice.org are well integrated with one another.
    • All the components share a common spelling checker and other tools, which are used consistently across the suite. For example, the drawing tools available in Writer are also found in Calc, with similar but enhanced versions in Impress and Draw.
    • You do not need to know which application was used to create a particular file (for example, you can open a Draw file from Writer).
  • Granularity. Usually, if you change an option, it affects all components. However, OOo options can be set at a component level or even document level.
  • File compatibility. In addition to its native OpenDocument formats, OOo includes PDF and Flash export capabilities, as well as support for opening and saving files in many common formats including Microsoft Office, HTML, XML, WordPerfect, and Lotus 123 formats. New in OOo3 (using an extension): the ability to import and edit some PDF files.
  • No vendor lock-in. OOo3 uses OpenDocument, an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) file format developed as an industry standard by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards). These files can easily be unzipped and read by any text editor, and their framework is open and published.
  • You have a voice. Enhancements, software fixes, and release dates are community-driven. You can join the community and affect the course of the product you use.

You can read more about OpenOffice.org, its mission, history, licensing, and other organizational information on the OpenOffice.org website.

Disadvantages of Openoffice-:

  • Compatibility – files created on OpenOffice.org won’t display 100% exactly in Microsoft Office and vice-versa (well, nothing to argue, as its a totally 2 different programs developed by 2 different companies)
    It might create some fuss if your colleague/target audience is someone using Ms Office
     
  • No user-level support – as this software is developed and maintained by the community, you can’t call a toll-free number for help when you need it. You need to google around for answers to your questions. 

Conclusion-: Open office is Good office package for those who can not afford licence copy of Microsoft office.
the best part about the OpenOffice is it has all the functionality like Microsoft office but the only user interface is somewhat different if you have just switched over to open office from Microsoft office then it will take some time to adjust with open office.

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