Alternative Word Processors

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Alternative Word Processors

  1. 1. Dangers of P2P Sharing ICEBREAKER A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama's helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday. Employees of Tiversa, a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based security company that specializes in peer-to-peer technology, reportedly found engineering and communications information about Marine One at an IP address in Tehran, Iran. Reported on MSNBC
  2. 2. Three Great FREE Word Processors Shhh, Don’t tell our Microsoft Overlords!
  3. 3. Why Bother? I Have Word… <ul><li>Cost: the MS Office Suite costs at least $100 for installation on a single machine </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience: On-line WP’s are accessible from any machine, usually supporting different operating systems </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration: On-line WP’s allow you to easily share documents with several users </li></ul><ul><li>This is what they WANT you to think! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Technology Trajectories <ul><li>Revenues are Maximized by </li></ul><ul><li>New Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat Customers </li></ul><ul><li>“ Planned Obsolescence” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Planned Obsolescence” for software is created by </li></ul><ul><li>offering new features </li></ul><ul><li>not supporting older versions (.docx) </li></ul>Microsoft’s need to maximize revenue Technology capabilities & capacity User need for and ability to use features
  5. 5. Tools Vs. Products!
  6. 6. Alternate Word Processors Option 1: OpenOffice.org <ul><li>openoffice.org </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Office Suite </li></ul><ul><li>Runs from the hard drive of your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Versions available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. </li></ul><ul><li>Menus and commands 90% resemble Word </li></ul><ul><li>Opens and saves documents as Word files (except .docx) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Alternate Word Processors Option 1: OpenOffice.org <ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Little web integration </li></ul><ul><li>No direct sharing capability </li></ul><ul><li>Some minor compatibility problems </li></ul><ul><li>Other components to the suite (Impress, Calc) do not integrate as smoothly </li></ul><ul><li>Little direct “customer” support </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>docs.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Simple streamlined interface </li></ul><ul><li>Online access and storage </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile access </li></ul><ul><li>Offline access now available </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to share documents for others to see and edit </li></ul>Alternate Word Processors Option 2: Google Docs
  9. 9. <ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks many of the advanced tools of Word </li></ul><ul><li>Mainly accessible online </li></ul><ul><li>Opens Word docs with some difficulty. Does not save in Word format (can be converted) </li></ul><ul><li>In order to edit documents, a shared user must also have a Google account </li></ul><ul><li>Security??? </li></ul>Alternate Word Processors Option 2: Google Docs
  10. 10. <ul><li>buzzword.acrobat.com </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Online access and storage </li></ul><ul><li>Simple interface </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent document preparation tools (numbering) </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding shared editing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Exports in .pdf or .doc formats </li></ul>Alternate Word Processors Option 3: Buzzword
  11. 11. <ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Only available online </li></ul><ul><li>Does not work with all browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks many of the advanced tools of Word </li></ul><ul><li>Does not always transfer well to Word </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot create multiple folder system for saved documents </li></ul><ul><li>Beta product </li></ul><ul><li>Future? </li></ul>Alternate Word Processors Option 3: Buzzword
  12. 12. Other Online Options <ul><li>Zoho Writer </li></ul><ul><li>Thinkfree </li></ul>
  13. 13. Delicious.com/gdhuyvetter/altwp

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