OpenOffice 2.0 initial thoughts

I have to say, I am liking OpenOffice 2.0. The beta version shipped with Fedora Core 4, and I haven’t really used it much. Anyway, after my mammoth update yesterday it would appear that it’s now out of beta, and onto Release Candidate 2.

I decided to do a bit of work on my CV today (not that I’m thinking about changing jobs, I just think it’s good to revise once in a while!). I had previously edited it using Microsoft Word, and it was saved as a Word document, but I managed to open it up in OpenOffice Writer without any problems. It actually displayed… well, pretty much exactly as I’d layed out in Word!

One thing I really like about OpenOffice is the ability to export directly to PDF format. This means that I’ve got my CV saved as both OpenOffice’s native format, and PDF – so if I ever need to go onto Windows, I can at least be sure the PDF will display properly.

It seems to be generally smoother and have better functionality than 1.x. All in all, I like it.

So what are you waiting for? Go and download it!


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