2001-02-07, 13:08 #1
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This is an amazing program. A single program that contains
*an MS Word compatible word processor
*an Excel compatible spreadsheet
*a Powerpoint compatible presentation program
*an ODBC and SQL compatable desktop relational database
*a wysiwyg and code HTML editor
*an object oreinted macro language that uses the same syntax as VBA (though the object model is different)
*a robust eMail client
*an address book,scheduler and task list that sync with a Palm
*a vector drawing program
*a bitmap image editor
One of the cool things is that it is a single program with MDI so that you can have your calendar open, be working on a text document, be working on a spreadsheet, editing an embeded graphic, browsing and sending eMail all from the same program at the same time.
You can download it (~90MB for windows) free from Sun Microsystems (creator of Java) or buy it on disk for $50. The disk includes Windows, Linux and Solaris versions (I think there is a Mac version too), and a Printed manual.
Documents created in the program are compatible with all of the OS' supported. (I got it for my Samba network.)
Pros: the strength of all of the components of MS Office (it edits MS Office docs, and imports MS Office templates) in a single MDI program. Free (or cheap). The concepts and objects are so MS Office-like that the learning curve is really easy.
Cons: Resource/memory intensive. Big download. The price and MS Office compatibility makes this great for big offices (multiply the cost savings over the number of computers in a large office), but it is not the same interface as Office so you will have some resistant technophobic staff who refuse to learn a new program.
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