Get fully-integrated word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database tools in this Open Source software. Among the many features you'll find PDF and SWF (Flash) export, increased Microsoft Office format support, and multiple languages. If your desktop publishing needs are basic but you also want a full suite of office tools, try the Apache OpenOffice Productivity Suite (formerly OpenOffice.org).
What's in Apache OpenOffice?:
- Writer - word processor
- Calc - a spreadsheet application
- Impress - presentation software
- Draw - a vector drawing tool
- Base - a Database tool
- Math - mathematical equation editor
Available as of 2011: OpenOffice.org 3.3 for Windows, Solaris, Linux, and Mac
The word processing capabilities in Apache OpenOffice are comparable to other high-end word processors such as Microsoft Word. Insert and link text frames, format your text, add tables and illustrations, do a table of contents and index. Writer and the whole suite has Microsoft Office compatibility so you can easily interact with Microsoft users.
You can now have 1 million rows of spreadsheet data in addition to powerful number-crunching with Natural language formulas and text formatting. Learn how to use Calc.
Presentation Software Guide Wendy Russell says, "If you are at all familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint, then you will be right at home with this program. Anyone can create stunning presentations that look like they were designed by a professional. An added bonus is that you can open and use presentations that you have already created previously in PowerPoint." Learn more about Apache OpenOffice Impress.
You can do quick sketches, print a digital stamp for rubberstamping, create organizational charts, or create photorealistic images in this free vector drawing program which integrates nicely with Impress, the presentations component of the OpenOffice suite.
It has a built-in HSQL database engine, Wizards, Design Views and other tools for beginners, and advanced features for power-users.
Use as an equation editor to create equations and formulae in Writer and to insert equations into Calc and other components.