Monday, October 20, 2008


This is the first of a two-part series on OpenOffice which is an open source office application suite consisting of six basic components. The second part will be written after I have used the software. The development of this suite was aimed at reducing Microsoft Office dominating the market by providing an alternative for users that is good quality and free to users for any purpose (domestic, commercial, educational, public administration) -- it is free of any license fees. As you can see via the components descriptions below, these applications were designed to work similar to those available in Microsoft Office. is the formal name for these applications which was originally released in 2000 and is primarily sponsored by Sun Microsystems.

The following are components of 3 (After reading various articles, my understanding of these components’ similarity to MS Office are listed in parenthesis):

Writer – This is a word processing and HTML editor. (Word)

Calc – is a spreadsheet. (Excel)

Impress – is a presentations program. (PowerPoint)

Draw – is a graphics editor. (Publisher)

Base – is a database application. (Access)

Math – is an equation editor (articles say this is similar to MS Equation Editor- I have not used this feature in MS Office)

For additional information on OpenOffice, visit the official site at There is a lot of information on this site including links to articles, blogs, testimonials, monthly newsletter, awards, projects, how you can get involve in the project as well as downloading of the suite.

If any of you have used OpenOffice, I welcome your input. For those of you who have not used it yet and decided to after reading this article please let me know your thoughts.

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

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