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Software Freedom Day Cleveland Presentation

  1. 1. Taking on Microsoft By Bob McDonald
  2. 2. Creative Services Writing Editing Desktop Publishing Presentations Career Services Resumes Interviewing Workshops Virtual Assistance Transcription http://www.togsolutions.com
  3. 3. The Past <ul><li>Graphical interface for Linux developed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>X-Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GNOME </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KDE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FOSS Productivity software is limited </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1998 – StarOffice released for free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1999 – Sun buys StarOffice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2000 – StarOffice source code released </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Birth of OpenOffice.org <ul><li>October 2000 – Web site goes live </li></ul><ul><li>October 2001 – Build 638c released </li></ul><ul><li>May 2002 – The arrival! Release of Version 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>May 2003 – Version 1.0.3.1 recommended for Windows 95 </li></ul><ul><li>October 2005 – Version 2.0 released </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compatibility with MS Office </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Present – OpenOffice.org 3.0 Released October 13, 2008
  6. 6. Key Features <ul><li>All files can be exported to PDF </li></ul><ul><li>Compatible with all OS formats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mac OS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Files can be saved in popular formats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office 1995-2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flash </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Word Processor - Writer <ul><li>A word processor similar in functionality to Microsoft Word and WordPerfect. It can export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can function as a basic WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Spreadsheet - Calc <ul><li>A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc can write spreadsheets in PDF format. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Presentation - Impress <ul><li>A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files, allowing them to be played on any computer with a Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files, and the ability to read Microsoft PowerPoint's .ppt format. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Graphics - Draw <ul><li>A vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It features versatile &quot;connectors&quot; between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It has similar features to Desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Database - Base <ul><li>A database management program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base may be used as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Equations - Math <ul><li>A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor. Formulae can be embedded inside other OpenOffice.org documents, such as those created by Writer. It supports multiple fonts and can export to PDF. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Extensions <ul><li>Developed by users to create add-on features to OpenOffice.org. </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writer's Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exporters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clip Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDF Importer (New!) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Example 1 – The Accountant's Resume <ul><li>Situation </li></ul><ul><li>Accountant from Miami area is looking to modify her resume with short notice. </li></ul><ul><li>MS Office has been accidentally uninstalled from the main TOG computer. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Example 2 – The Proposal <ul><li>Situation: </li></ul><ul><li>TOG Solutions needs to create transcription presentation for Hose Master. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Example 3 – The Financials <ul><li>Situation </li></ul><ul><li>Using Calc instead of Excel for financial projections </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank You! For more information about TOG Solutions, please contact: Bob McDonald [email_address] 216-288-6467

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