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Open Office vs Microsoft Office

  

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  1. 1. Which Office software do you use?

    • Microsoft Office
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    • Mac
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Also, if the recipient needs to be able to modify the file, one could save the document as an .rtf (albeit rtf does not have as many formatting options).

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"Cluster machines" with Open Office? Now I'm wondering whether you and I have the same alma mater, or whether the use of "cluster" to mean a computer lab is more common than I realized.

Possibly! Both my undergrad and grad institutions refer to computer labs as clusters. As a little game: at my undergrad, there's one in the basement of the terrible concrete brutalist engineering building, and one in the pretty brick one. at my grad, they are all referred to by the name of a goddess. (;

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I think your grad is my undergrad (is the goddess Greek? do the cluster machines run Ubuntu?). :) Your undergrad is clearly NOT my undergrad, as it apparently only has one concrete engineering building, and has a building that could be described as "pretty brick".

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Yes, the goddess is Greek, and none of the printer names make any sort of relevant sense to each other... but the computers actually work, mostly, compared to the crappy cluster machines I'd grown accustomed to in undergrad. well, the ubuntu ones do, not the windows ones...

but awwww, the chapel has pretty brick! my undergrad chapel had even prettier brick stone though (;

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Yes, the goddess is Greek, and none of the printer names make any sort of relevant sense to each other... but the computers actually work, mostly, compared to the crappy cluster machines I'd grown accustomed to in undergrad. well, the ubuntu ones do, not the windows ones...

but awwww, the chapel has pretty brick! my undergrad chapel had even prettier brick stone though (;

Oh yeah, good point, I forgot about the chapel. It's gorgeous inside, too. And why are you using the Windows cluster machines when there are normal ones all over the place? ;) I don't even remember what clusters besides the one in the 5th floor of the student center have Windows boxes.

Anyway, to stop derailing the thread, I use LibreOffice now at work, and it seems to do all right most of the time. Apparently you can even make nice graphics in it, though I haven't learned much of this capability yet.

For a written document, like a paper, you can use LaTeX (and pdf it), but it's got a significant learning curve. It makes your papers look nice, though.

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I have not tested this firsthand, but it appears there are plugins for both for LibreOffice. The fork should be pretty much similar (almost identical?) to OpenOffice to start with, but I would think there will be more divergence over time with OpenOffice becoming defunct.

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I use OO, because my new computer cost enough without buying MS Office and because I don't like the changes they made to the organization of the menus. However, I am hoping (I'm sure I will, actually) that I have access to computers with MS Office on campus, because my roommate (who is currently in graduate school) wasted about 5 hair-pulling hours on some formatting. She had OO and the formatting wouldn't display correctly when the file was opened with Excel.

I love one small change. MS Word now has a subscript superscript button. Very useful for engineering papers!

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I switched to Open Office several months ago, and for most purposes it works really well. I like that it is similar in its design and functionality to MS Office, so there was basically zero learning curve after the switch. I have used the word processor (OO Writer) the most and as long as I am careful to save the files as the correct type, I haven't had problems with formatting when going back and forth with MS. My PI has a Mac and the formatting is preserved when she opens files I made in OO Writer. One complaint about the word processor is the automatic numbering/bullets behaves weird at times. I have played with the spreadsheet application a little and it seems fine, but I have not put it through paces yet. I have opened ppt files in OO Impress and everything looks as it should. I am still wary to create a poster in anything except MS Powerpoint. Old habits die hard!

Long story short, I'm cheap, and Open Office works. If I get MS Office for free, I will likely switch back smile.gif

I agree with the free comment!! I don't agree with the formatting comment though. My resume has a lot of formatting and it screws that all up. Especially the bullets! It makes them all different sizes!

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I only ever use LaTeX now -- which, I gather, is unusual for a humanities student. But I didn't find it a challenge to learn (I knew HTML already so the concept was not alien to me) and the results are just beautiful. Before that I was using Open Office, which I got along with just fine. I never use Microsoft unless on college computers -- I was brought up in an open source household and so, forking out piles of money when you can achieve similar results for free makes me cringe a little ;)

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I made a LaTeX document to display some of my research findings yesterday, and am so satisfied with the program. I am definitely going to learn how to use it, I think it will be incredibly useful for all future papers.

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