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linuxforartists
November 20th, 2010, 10:28 PM
ycason had a thread called Why isn't Gnumeric included in the default Ubuntu install? (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=607536) It got me thinking.

In a similar way, I've pretty much switched all my word processing to AbiWord, because it loads so much faster than OpenOffice Writer. The only reason I go back to Writer sometimes is to use the "Export as PDF" feature.

Do you have other applications that you prefer to the the default OpenOffice ones? I'm particularly interested in recommendations for good presentation software.

harlan
November 20th, 2010, 10:33 PM
In a similar way, I've pretty much switched all my word processing to AbiWord, because it loads so much faster than OpenOffice Writer. The only reason I go back to Writer sometimes is to use the "Export as PDF" feature.


In abiword go to file->save as and choose pdf

NCLI
November 20th, 2010, 10:34 PM
This (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/11/ease-clutter-presentation-app-linux-ubuntu/) sounds very nice.

SeijiSensei
November 20th, 2010, 10:36 PM
Those of us in the Kubuntu/KDE world have the KOffice suite available. I don't do that much word processing these days so Abiword is fine for me, and I generally prefer gnumeric for a spreadsheet. However the KOffice suite has made some major improvements in the past year or two. You might want to take a look. Who knows, maybe you'll decide to migrate to KDE as well!

madjr
November 20th, 2010, 10:49 PM
This (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/11/ease-clutter-presentation-app-linux-ubuntu/) sounds very nice.

+1 for ease app

if the OP wants more alternatives, then check http://alternativeto.net/

ajgreeny
November 20th, 2010, 11:13 PM
The most recent version of Abiword seems to be pretty good, but some of the older versions were almost useless with large multipage files. I could never get it to scroll, not could I select anything without the application freezing totally and having to be hard exited with "xkill".

I also could not get it to show any graphics in files that I did not produce myself; anything sent to me from other people would show empty frames. Perhaps I did not persevere enough to get it working properly, or was missing a plugin or something, but all the plugins were apparently installed. In fact having just checked that problem still occurs, ie no graphics show, though they do in OOo Writer.

tristan
November 20th, 2010, 11:51 PM
If you don't mind paying for software, then I can heartily recommend Softmaker Office 2010 for linux (www.softmaker.com (http://www.softmaker.com)). It's much much MUCH faster to load and run than OpenOffice, uses far less resources and has extremely good MS office compatibility.

weasel fierce
November 21st, 2010, 12:09 AM
Openoffice only takes something like 4 seconds to open the first time for me. Maybe half that once its cached.

I've enjoyed abiword a lot, since the interface is pretty clean and down to earth. On my old computer, it was my word processor of choice, since it runs really well on a modest machine.

Koffice gets good comments though Im not familiar with it personally.

linuxforartists
November 21st, 2010, 04:19 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

@harlan I can't believe I didn't see PDF in the Save options before. [smacks forehead] Guess the one bug you can't fix is the nut behind the keyboard. :rolleyes:

@NCLI Wow, Ease looks pretty slick! I'll have to follow it until there's a stable release.

@madjr That site is perfect. I wish I'd known about AlternativeTo.net when I was starting out with Linux. I wasted so much time trying to figure out which program was the Linux equivalent of XYZ commercial program.

@tristan I appreciate the tip on Softmaker Office. Right now I'm a casual user. If I start getting more work and need professional-level performance, I'll definitely consider it.

Another question: my AbiWord always opens up in a small window, and I have to expand it. Is there way for it to open in an expanded window as default?

lamaistres
November 21st, 2010, 04:58 AM
Another question: my AbiWord always opens up in a small window, and I have to expand it. Is there way for it to open in an expanded window as default?
Abiword remembers window posistion, so stretch the window until it fills the screen, close program, and then open abiword again.

ajgreeny
November 21st, 2010, 01:01 PM
Abiword remembers window posistion, so stretch the window until it fills the screen, close program, and then open abiword again.
Interestingly it does that, but if you maximise it rather than stretch it from a smaller size, then close and reopen, it opens at the small size again. Why will it not remember a maximised window?

pt123
November 21st, 2010, 08:57 PM
Gnumeric is very limited, for one it doesn't remember the cell you were last looking at, so each time you open the spreadsheet you have to find where you were.

dh04000
November 21st, 2010, 09:58 PM
I did an internship with a company that actually used IBM Lotus Symphony with the laboratory standard Lotus application stack.

http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/home

I've messed with it on Windows. Seemed to be optimized to work with Microsoft office file types a little better than Open Office. As well as being more fluid in working between spread sheet, document, and presentation files.

Check It Out.

linuxforartists
November 21st, 2010, 10:10 PM
Abiword remembers window posistion, so stretch the window until it fills the screen, close program, and then open abiword again.

Thanks! That worked. Huh, I must have re-sized the window in the past once and AbiWord remembered it that way.



I did an internship with a company that actually used IBM Lotus Symphony with the laboratory standard Lotus application stack.

http://symphony.lotus.com/software/l.../home.nsf/home (http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/home)

I've messed with it on Windows. Seemed to be optimized to work with Microsoft office file types a little better than Open Office. As well as being more fluid in working between spread sheet, document, and presentation files.This addresses one big concern I had, about getting different applications to work together. Like if I wanted to drop a spreadsheet into my presentation. Hmm, an integrated office suite like IBM Lotus Symphony would be the solution.

TheLions
November 21st, 2010, 11:36 PM
MS Office 2010?
LibreOffice?
:P