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    Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    Well, finally, the new office suite is on the streets. Downloadable from SUN and purchaseable from Amazon et alia. My question is, can we induce Woody and team to apply their/our knowledge to making the definitive comparison between this 'office' and MS Office? Or just at least give StarOffice a thorough shakeout for bugs, pluses and minuses. Any traction here? My copy arrived yesterday.

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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    Are you volunteering to review it? We're all volunteers here, you know. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    I just knew I was opening myself up to that question. I don't have nor use most recent MS Office products so I am not well situated to make a comparison. Nor am I as detailed and organised as might be needed to do a good job. That said, I have just gotten a copy of StarOffice and should be able to answer some questions so long as time doesn't get eaten up. I use a compter to get things done; I don't much have time to see how things get done, if that makes sense.

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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    I think one useful thing you could track is which Word and Excel features create problems for StarOffice users, and vice versa. Presumably you will be exchanging documents with MSOffice users and will have some tales to tell in a few weeks or months.

    Sun's Technical FAQs mention that MSWord password-protected documents cannot be imported into StarOffice Write:

    <pre>22. Q. Why can I not import password protected MS Office files?

    A. Microsoft does not specify how they protect their files, so we cannot simply
    import them as password-protected files in StarOffice 6.0 software. Microsoft
    does not encrypt their protected files. In the past, we simply imported those
    documents as unprotected files. Naturally, this represents a security violation
    and most enterprises were not happy about that. As a result, we blocked the
    import capability for password-protected files and they can no longer be
    imported at all.</pre>

    What will this mean for documents protected for forms, tracked changes, etc.? I see that all the time, and it could be a workflow issue for MSOffice shops to send out documents without that level of protection.

    I have to confess, it would be really exciting to try out this software. But I can't, in good conscience load anything this big and potentially disruptive on my production laptop, so, it will just have to wait.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    Anything at all that you can tell us about compatibility problems with Office files will be greatly appreciated. I, at least, am particularly interested in the VBA equivalent of StarOffice (or lack thereof).

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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    I would be happy to try to open in StarOffice 6.0 a set of files exploring the various issues which concern you. Just attach them to e-mail and send them on. I really don't have much .DOC traffic at all. Folks are upset with the size of the files MS Word creates and with the inherent security issues I think. If you cannot access my e-mail address, let know how to sent it to you (and a few collaborators).

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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    The offer extends to you as well Charlotte. If you have specific examplars you would like to see if/how they translate into SunOffice, please send them to my e-mail address. Some reasonable number should be okay. Be happy to give a bit for the common good.

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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    Here's what the SUN site says:

    Question How can I accept Excel macros in StarOffice Calc?

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    The macros used in Excel cannot be accepted in StarOffice. StarOffice supports
    the VBA standard functions, although in the macros, certain functions are used
    which are available to Excel. These functions do not belong to the normal VBA
    language extent, and therefore cannot be accepted. This may change in the not
    too distant future.Keywords Excel, Import, Macro, Table

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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    Thanks, I'll keep the offer in mind.
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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    In other words, most of the programming anyone might do in Excel won't translate to StarOffice Calc, ecxept for some generic VBA stuff that could be called from any application. What about any calls to the Windows API?
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    Re: Sun Office 6.0 Shrinkwrap (6.0)

    That in itself is enough to turn me off on it...I tried 5.0 and found it lacking there also. Was hoping that they had made it more VBA friendly with the new version. Thanks!

    <<This may change in the not too distant future>>
    ...probably as soon as they finish trying to reverse engineer Excel!

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