OpenOffice.Org Webinar 0208

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OpenOffice.Org Webinar 0208

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>OpenOffice.org: Free and Open Source Office Suite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michelle Murrain, Nonprofit Open Source Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>February 26 th 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. What we’ll cover today <ul><li>What is OpenOffice.org </li></ul><ul><li>Brief history of OpenOffice.org </li></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice.org components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other components </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strengths and Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of use (and demos) </li></ul><ul><li>How to get help </li></ul><ul><li>Do you migrate? </li></ul>
  3. 3. OpenOffice.org... <ul><li>is a cross-platform, mutli-function office suite </li></ul><ul><li>is software that supports open standards </li></ul><ul><li>reads and writes MS Office formats (except .docx) </li></ul><ul><li>has matured considerably </li></ul><ul><li>is free (as in beer) as well as free software/open source </li></ul><ul><li>is not Open Office! (Trademark issues) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cross Platform <ul><li>Available as a free download from openoffice.org for windows </li></ul><ul><li>Is bundled with most Linux distributions </li></ul><ul><li>Two versions are available for Macintosh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Official OpenOffice.org works only with X-Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NeoOffice is an Aqua port of OpenOffice.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Official Aqua port is in alpha </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Brief History of OpenOffice.org <ul><li>Originally a proprietary office suite </li></ul><ul><li>Bought by Sun Microsystems in 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the code was released as open source as OpenOffice.org in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice.org 1.0 released in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>StarOffice still exists, and has some proprietary components (like the database, and clip art, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice.org is now on version 2.3.1 </li></ul>
  6. 6. OpenOffice.org Components <ul><li>Writer – word processor </li></ul><ul><li>Calc – spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Impress – presentation program </li></ul><ul><li>Base – desktop database </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing – drawing program </li></ul><ul><li>HTML editor </li></ul><ul><li>Formula Editor </li></ul>
  7. 7. OpenOffice.org Components <ul><li>are the basics of any office suite, and more </li></ul><ul><li>work together </li></ul><ul><li>have similar interfaces (easy to get familiar with) </li></ul><ul><li>are full-functioning </li></ul><ul><li>are pretty much bug-free </li></ul>
  8. 8. Writer <ul><li>Word Processor </li></ul><ul><li>lots of input and output filters </li></ul><ul><li>exports directly to PDF </li></ul><ul><li>columns, tables, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Calc <ul><li>Spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Functions </li></ul><ul><li>lots of input/output fiters </li></ul>
  10. 10. Impress <ul><li>reads and writes .ppt files </li></ul><ul><li>templates, master pages, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>animation </li></ul><ul><li>this presentation was written using Impress </li></ul>
  11. 11. Base <ul><li>Designed as an Access clone </li></ul><ul><li>Uses HSQLDB (foss Java database) for back-end or can use other databases via ODBC </li></ul><ul><li>can read Access files (table structure and data only) </li></ul><ul><li>Not equivalent to Access (think Access97) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Drawing <ul><li>Basic draw program </li></ul><ul><li>useful for diagrams and flowcharts </li></ul>
  13. 13. Math <ul><li>nice equation editor, if you need one </li></ul>
  14. 14. HTML Editor
  15. 15. Strengths of OOo <ul><li>Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>Free (as in beer) </li></ul><ul><li>depends on open standards </li></ul><ul><li>reads and writes MS Office formats (except ooxml at this point) </li></ul><ul><li>Google docs reads OOo files </li></ul><ul><li>90% of the functionality of Word, Excel and Powerpoint </li></ul>
  16. 16. Strengths, cont. <ul><li>Components are integrated </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of developers </li></ul><ul><li>backed by Sun, IBM and Novell, among others </li></ul><ul><li>lots of third party extensions </li></ul>
  17. 17. Weaknesses of OOo <ul><li>still a few kinks to work out </li></ul><ul><li>Base isn’t up to snuff </li></ul><ul><li>can’t read ooxml yet </li></ul><ul><li>OOo<->MS Office rendering has issues at times </li></ul><ul><li>Menus and features are different than MS Office </li></ul><ul><li>true collaborative editing between OOo and MS Office doesn’t work well (but that’s less of an issue now than it used to be.) </li></ul><ul><li>Not as slick </li></ul><ul><li>Can be slower/take more resources than MS Office </li></ul>
  18. 18. Open Standards <ul><li>What are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they important? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faithful reading and rendering of files forever </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faithful reading and rendering of files no matter what the software used </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Document Format vs. Office Open XML </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ODF is a bonified open standard (since 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OOXML has not been approved as a standard yet (a big meeting about it is happening this week.) Word on the street is that it might not happen. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Examples of use <ul><li>Letters </li></ul><ul><li>Writing articles/whitepapers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Contact lists </li></ul><ul><li>Charts and graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Simple databases </li></ul>
  20. 20. How to get help <ul><li>OpenOffice.org Forums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active and helpful </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice.org IRC channel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>#OpenOffice.org on irc.freenode.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I hang out there </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>it is possible to get immediate help with problems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenOffice.org Links </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Should you migrate? <ul><li>First, for whom? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>individual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Then, ask why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>committed to open standards/open source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>need inexpensive software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>run out of donation licenses for MS Office </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Should you migrate, cont. <ul><li>Ask about how much interoperability you need with MS Office or other office suites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>read/write all types of documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interoperability with MS Access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Platform is also an issue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows and Linux versions of OpenOffice.org are good. Macintosh versions are lagging </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Should you migrate, cont. <ul><li>tech-savvy users </li></ul><ul><li>no need for collaborative editing of documents </li></ul><ul><li>no integration with MS Access required </li></ul><ul><li>few very high-level MS-specific functionality used </li></ul><ul><li>have both Windows and Linux users </li></ul><ul><li>less tech-savvy users </li></ul><ul><li>lots of collaborative editing </li></ul><ul><li>integration with MS Access required </li></ul><ul><li>uses bleeding edge MS-only functionality </li></ul><ul><li>want the cheesy clip-art </li></ul>Smooth Sailing Rough Waters
  24. 24. Should you migrate, cont. <ul><li>There are differing opinions about how much training is needed to move people to become comfortable with OOo. </li></ul><ul><li>Certainly, the vast majority of organizational tasks that MS Office can do, can be done with OOo (with the exception of MS Access functionality.) </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of both functionality needed, as well as end-user issues must be balanced with impetus to migrate, if any. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Process of Migration <ul><li>Talk to end-users. Make sure all functions that they need have an equivalent (or work-around.) </li></ul><ul><li>Allow time for training, and users to get used to it. </li></ul><ul><li>If some users in an organization still have MS Office, make sure that the default setting is to save in MS Office formats </li></ul>
  26. 26. Conclusions <ul><li>OpenOffice.org is a full-featured, cross-platform, mature office suite that you should at least download and try out </li></ul><ul><li>It is based on open standards </li></ul><ul><li>It has all of the features (and more) of MS Word, Powerpoint, and Excel </li></ul><ul><li>It is freely available, and open source </li></ul><ul><li>It has the backing of big companies, so it is not going away </li></ul><ul><li>It does have weaknesses, and migration to OOo is not a slam-dunk. </li></ul>

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