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    Have you tried out Open Office lately? (Word 2000)

    In one word, Open Office is impressive.

    While it may not be exactly germane to the MS Word forum, it is nevertheless something MS Word users need to look at seriously because :
    1. It is free (www.openoffice.org). Windows version is a 50 MB download.
    2. It is in at least a few ways one-up on MS Word. Some of these are listed below:
    Supports CMYK as well as RGB colour
    Has ability to define a heirarchy (classification) of styles in a template to classify styles for easier access
    Has ability to anchor objects to even a character or page and not just a paragraph,
    Allows you to insert and run Java Scripts or the URLs where the scripts are available, at any location in an HTML document
    Allows you to enter References directly into a bibliographic database and call them in a document, now separately available as third party plug-ins to MS Word
    Has its own fairly sophisticated WYSIWYG Math Editor comparable to MathType which is a separate Add-in for MS Word
    Allows part of a document to be designated at Read Only
    Can hyperlink document content to a particular e-mail
    Can assign

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    Re: Have you tried out Open Office lately? (Word 2000)

    Ahhh, but have you switched? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    Although I expect numerous people to experiment with OpenOffice and StarOffice over the next several months, I think we should keep the discussions on the most topical boards, or in General Office Solutions, rather than create a new board. I think many people will have enough interest to skim through those threads if they are here, but might not look in other places.

    I don't know if OpenOffice is like the pre-6.0 beta of StarOffice, which (I think) still contained a macro recorder. That probably would ease the transition for many people, and I hope Sun adds it back to StarOffice.

    An earlier version of StarOffice also could open password protected Word documents without a password. (Sun took that out in 6.0, but perhaps it is in OpenOffice?) The reason for this behavior was that Sun couldn't do the code needed to honor the Word passwords. This makes me wonder about documents "protected for forms" or "protected for tracked changes"; does StarOffice or OpenOffice work with those documents as intended?

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    Re: Have you tried out Open Office lately? (Word 2000)

    No, as I said in my earlier post, I haven't yet started intensively using it. But I am seriously considering it, given that I have by now found several features which I could find good use for; and there is economic incentive to switch which gets better by the day as Microsoft's pricing policies get sharper.

    I will definitely check in the next day or two about whether Open Office handles password-protected and track changes/ forms protected Word documents as one would expect. In any case, I am surprised to know that Microsoft can offer "protection" which an inability of some other developer can entirely bypass. Is that protection at all? If at all, I would (even though I am till now an inveterate Word user) think this to be a minus point for Microsoft, and not Sun Microsystems.

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    Re: Have you tried out Open Office lately? (Word 2000)

    OpenOffice simply undoes and seemingly ignores the protection for Tracked Changes of a Word XP document. The tracked changes can be seen, reviewed, accepted, rejected, etc. and if I apply a different password and save in Word XP format, the track changes password is not saved. It is saved as an unprotected document.
    Microsoft Word cannot open a native OpenOffice format file (*.sxw), whether protected or not.
    OpenOffice does not open a password-protected (to open) Word document.
    I haven't checked how OpenOffice treats any other kind of MS Office protection.

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    Re: Have you tried out Open Office lately? (Word 2000)

    I very much doubt that MS will build a translator for Star/OpenOffice documents; no financial incentive. It is something of a problem, though, to be circulating, for example, documents protected for forms or tracked changes that have no protection in Star/OpenOffice. Not that I, as a MS Office user have any control, but it's kind of absurd for MS to have made the protection dependent on the recipient's software.

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