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    Thumbs down Openoffice compatibility problems

    In my job I share lots of word and excel documents with windows users and end up having compatibility issues way too often.

    The .docx format is unusable and .doc a nightmare when tables, figures, formulas or any other not trivial format is involved.

    In my opinion, this is the single most important problem for windows users trying ubuntu. At least, it is for me (ubuntu user since Hardy) and the people I "converted" along this years (most of them returned to Windows because of this).

    I started a Ubuntu Brainstorm idea to try to bring the spotlight to this important issue: http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/20877/

    I do think this is a more critical issue than most that keep devs busy and if we don't solve it, bug #1 will remain open.

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    Re: Openoffice compatibility problems

    Quote Originally Posted by emrys View Post
    In my job I share lots of word and excel documents with windows users and end up having compatibility issues way too often.

    The .docx format is unusable and .doc a nightmare when tables, figures, formulas or any other not trivial format is involved.

    In my opinion, this is the single most important problem for windows users trying ubuntu. At least, it is for me (ubuntu user since Hardy) and the people I "converted" along this years (most of them returned to Windows because of this).

    I started a Ubuntu Brainstorm idea to try to bring the spotlight to this important issue: http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/20877/

    I do think this is a more critical issue than most that keep devs busy and if we don't solve it, bug #1 will remain open.
    open office officially supports the .doc format from 2003, including basic VBA macro support. .docX does not work fully it is a specialized format and uses microsoft proprietary nonsense. Advanced formatting does not transfer, they are working on this for openoffice 4.0 but you should really address this issue in their forums. While conanical supplies open office and provides security updates for the version it supplies it does not develop it, sun microsystems does. THEIR FORUMS ARE THE ONES TO ADDRESS THIS, not ubuntu brainstorm.
    Last edited by tvtech; August 12th, 2009 at 05:32 PM.
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    Re: Openoffice compatibility problems

    Quote Originally Posted by tvtech View Post
    open office officially supports the .doc format from 2003, including basic VBA macro support. .docX does not work fully it is a specialized format and uses microsoft proprietary nonsense. Advanced formatting does not transfer, they are working on this for openoffice 4.0 but you should really address this issue in their forums. While conanical supplies open office and provides security updates for the version it supplies it does not develop it, sun microsystems does. THEIR FORUMS ARE THE ONES TO ADDRESS THIS, not ubuntu brainstorm.

    As long as Canonical is devoting resources towards improving all aspects of the desktop (Gnome, KDE, Linux Kernel, etc.) and given that Openoffice is a Critical application, I think this is a perfect place to discuss how we (the community and Canonical) can improve Ubuntu and its default office application.

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    Re: Openoffice compatibility problems

    Quote Originally Posted by tvtech View Post
    open office officially supports the .doc format from 2003, including basic VBA macro support.
    The .doc format is officially supported but that doesn't mean too much when it is practically unusable in strong sharing environments. I don't know if tables, forms and formulas are considered advance formatting or not, but it is a fact that there are huge compatibility problems with them.

    You learn to avoid those problems not using certain formating options and so on, but that is a bad way to deal with the problem...

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    Re: Openoffice compatibility problems

    I recently used IBM Lotus Symphony and, although it has lots of problems on its own, it does a better job in terms of compatibility. At least with some documents.

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    Re: Openoffice compatibility problems

    Well, aren't there other OpenOffice programs for when you don't want the file to be saved as .doc, it contains spreadsheet information, and it will still open in Excel? I am sure OO has a spreadsheet program somewhere included.

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    Re: Openoffice compatibility problems

    Quote Originally Posted by ErikEhlert View Post
    Well, aren't there other OpenOffice programs for when you don't want the file to be saved as .doc, it contains spreadsheet information, and it will still open in Excel? I am sure OO has a spreadsheet program somewhere included.

    I think you misunderstand the point made. We are talking about compatibility problems of a .doc file created with Microsoft Office and then opened with Oo (or xls, etc.). Of course Oo has Spreadsheet and others.

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