OpenOffice Writer

★★★★★

-Editors

★★★★★

-Users

OpenOffice Writer is the FREE alternative to Microsoft Word. Both Writer and Word are word processers with basically the same set of features, however Writer is $500 cheaper.

Pros: Wizards that take the hassle out of producing documents; easy user interface

Cons: Compatibility issues with Microsoft Word

  • Version: 4.0.1
  • File Size: 137MB
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Windows 2000

Editor's Reviews

Overview:

OpenOffice Writer is modern, comprehensive word processor software that helps you create a variety of professional looking documents.

Pros:

OpenOffice Writer is the best option for a FREE replacement for Microsoft Word. OpenOffice Writer looks, feels, and produces documents with the same ease and quality of its paid counterpart.

When you start up OpenOffice Writer, you will be struck by how similar the user interface is to Microsoft Office. Because of this, the learning curve is quite short and users should be able to pick up the new software and just start writing. Additionally, the tools in the various toolboxes have a similar look and feel, so there’ll be no problem figuring out what you need.

OpenOffice Writer also has a number of wizards that can help you produce standard-type documents like letters, faxes, agendas, or mail merges. There are also a number of templates available so you can add some jazz to these often-boringly styled documents.

For those whose word processing needs extend beyond simple documents, OpenOffice Writer is a capable tool for you too. OpenOffice Writer is capable of producing large documents, and has wizards and templates to help produce a table of content, bibliography, or any other notes that may be needed.

OpenOffice Writer is also cross-suite compatible with other software in the OpenOffice Suite. Add charts and data from Calc or diagrams from Draw, or merge data from Base—it’s all simple and easy to do!

Cons:

There aren’t too many cons for OpenOffice Writer. It is truly a replacement for Microsoft Word. The only thing to mention is potential compatibility issues with other word processing software. While nearly all document formats can be opened and edited within OpenOffice Document, users of other products might have an issue with the reversed situation. Most word processors will open OpenOffice Writer documents in a read-only format, which can be useful. But if documents need to be edited, there may be some translation and formatting errors encountered.

Final Verdict:

Overall, OpenOffice Writer is a true peer to Microsoft Word—it has all the features you will need to produce everything from simple documents to handbooks to reports that will wow your audiences!

Product Description

OpenOffice Writer is the FREE alternative to Microsoft Word. Both Writer and Word are word processers with basically the same set of features, however Writer is $500 cheaper. Writer comes with all the features you are familiar with in Word, plus some additional ones which Word does not have. Writer is fully compatible with Microsoft Word, therefore documents created in Writer are easily opened by Word and vice-versa.

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Full Specifications

    General

  • Publisher: The Apache Software Foundation
  • Publisher Site: http://www.openoffice.org/
  • License: GNU GPL

    Download Information

  • Version: 4.0.1
  • File Size: 137MB
  • Price: FREE
  • Operating Systems: Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Windows 2000