OpenOffice.org is both an Open Source product and a project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites'. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.
Localizations of OpenOffice.org are available in 27 languages with more being constantly added by the community. OpenOffice.org runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.
Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL Open Source licenses, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source. And, because the file format for OpenOffice.org is XML, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.
WRITER : is a fully functioning word processor with a variety of features to make creating documents easier. You can also lay out newsletters, fliers, etc.
CALC : is a spreadsheet program that will let you pull in data from corporate databases, cross-tabulate, summarize and manipulate.
IMPRESS : With it you can create multimedia presentations. It allows for 2-D and 3-D clip art, special effects, and animation, and has drawing tools. You can create slide shows, and Fontworks gives you the ability to create 2-D and 3-D images from text.
DRAW : is for graphics and diagrams. You can easily create organization charts, network diagrams, etc. You can also create photorealistic images or import graphics in all common formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and WMF.
Databases : are often thought to be strictly for techies. But OpenOffice. org has Database Tools that give you everything you need for a simple spreadsheetlike form.
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