I had thought for a while what should I write in a post about OpenOffice. Frankly it is not one of my core apps.
However it is one of the very important apps overall so I will write exactly about that.
What it does
OpenOffice is extensive software suite for common business tasks. It has:
- Writer word processor;
- Calc spreadsheet editor;
- Impress presentation editor;
- Base database manager;
- Draw vector image editor;
- Math formula editor.
It does a lot of things eerily similar to Microsoft Office. That is how OpenOffice is most often presented – viable and free alternative to expensive Microsoft’s product.
Much like what I said about 7-Zip – this one changes your life for better even if you do not use it. OpenOffice is open source under LGPL which is quite permissive. It is backed by power of Sun Microsystems which ensures needed leverage.
Powerful office suite that you can not only use but also modify and incorporate in your own products is very big deal in software world. With piracy [very] slowly pressured it is not uncommon choice in some countries to look for open source solutions instead of diving in Microsoft ecosystem. And OpenOffice is one of the first products that comes up.
It took some time but PortableApps had released latest and greatest OpenOffice 3.1 in its portable incarnation. This is package I use at home and recommend highly. Most of calculations, statistics and diagrams posted on this blog are done in Calc.
Another very interesting improvement is that PortableApps now also offers Java Runtime as portable package. This makes OpenOffice Portable even more contained because parts that require JRE framework limited its usage as portable.
OpenOffice is one of open source flagships. It has important target market, set of powerful functions and company more than willing to support it.
What’s not to like? :)