OO.o is SO.o SO.o
Maybe it is the learning curve of using UNIX, but so far I am unimpressed with Open Office. org. It appears functionally equivalent to MS Office. So there is no problem there. But it is UGLY. Checking the boards, there seems to be some issue with the conversion of fonts from the OSX standard to the sort used by Open Office.
The real problem is one I may have foisted on myself years ago.
I have my folders and files arranged in a way I've have them since long ago in a galaxy far far away. A folder for gaming stuff, a folder for academic stuff, a folder for business stuff, etc.. I didn't create these in the 'documents' folder. That whole system reminded me too much of the straitjacket of windoze.
Here are two problems I've encountered with Open Office.
1. It won't allow me to open files or save files from/to my folders other than certain pre-set ones (aka documents, archive, etc..) This is pretty irritating. Should I have to reset my entire filing system to accommodate a program?
2. After I save a document in MS-Office format I am supposed to be able to retrieve those files in that format. However, in the MacOS these files seem to be invisible. I was able to put one of them in RTF format on the desktop. But, if I was just going to save things in RTF, I could use a much leaner word processor (like textedit, or text wrangler).
So, now I am faced with a choice. Is it worth sitting down and spending some hours learning the ins and outs of X11, and Open Office so I can have the privilege of using a non-MS program (and not relying on a program that needs costly updates)? I am not sure. I do most of my writing in TextEditer and then import it into word when I need to make it look pretty (or for quizzes and such I just edit existing Word docs).
I suppose learning how to operate in the UNIX environment might have fringe benefits (lots of cool hacks require it).
But, then, there are likely to be the inevitable inconsistencies.
There is something call NEO which appears to be Open Office for Mac, but it is 'community' created and the disclaimers seem pretty ominous.
Hmmm. Any advice from the peanut gallery?