Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Do you need a word processing program but don't want to shell out the bucks for MS's Office suite?

Here's one you can download for free.

This open-source software includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. Works on most computers. Can be used completely free of charge for any purpose.

It's supposed to work with Kindle, so I am thinking about using it to upload Kindle authorings.

Here's what the website says:

"OpenOffice.org 3 can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org 3 is released under the LGPL licence. 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."


  1. I've heard it recommended very often. Definitely worth a try.

  2. I've had it, a bit slow to load, and only speaks American, but well worth having!

    Lot's of good 'open source' stuff around if you search.

  3. @A. - Just stumbled across it. Will check it out. Will do almost anything not to deal with MIcrosoft. :)

    @Adullamite - Speaks British too for those not too lazy to click on the right download button. Doesn't speak Scottish but it's free.

  4. I'll stick with microsloth, as I have it, but have used open office in the past. It's okay, I suppose.

    I understand some people have issues with all things microsoft. I too have had plenty of reasons to curse them, over the years, but the truth remains that they are the biggest name around mostly because they're the best around.

    Apple, as I've found, is not immune to crashes, and their attempt to force all customers to be completely dependent upon them for surly service at inflated prices is not one which wins any points with me. I tried Linux, in several versions. Then I went back to Ms, because, for the most part it just works. And when it doesn't there are a million geeks out there with the answers.

    Open office is okay. But if I'm trying to open documents my dad created fifteen or more years ago, it can't do it. MS office does.

  5. Doesn't speak british, it constantly returns to US misspelling! Imperialism at its worst!

  6. It is not as useful for opening word or other programs as advertised. It worfks fine as an office program as long as you don't need to interact with other people's programs, etc.

    I approve, in general, of open source free to use software and loath MS products in general, not just because of the blatant greed (noticeable in how the programs work) but also in their ungainliness and how awkward they are if doing anything out of the ordinary.

    Unfortunately, my work requires their use so I use them. But not for my writing. For that I use Word Perfect and will continue to use Word Perfect as long as I'm able because it is far more flexible and capable, but not as user friendly.

    User friendliness and flexibility tend to be inversely proportional which is why Apples are great for the computer savvy but cause many a computer expert type to pull their hair. With MS products, doing something out of the ordinary is awkward or ungainly. On Apple, if they haven't planned on you doing it, you just can't.

    And that works fine for both companies because most people want to do the same sorts of things.

    Everyone but me.



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