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Online Software Update

After I posted info on the various applications available online, Jeremy posted another downloadable suite called Open Office. So, I had to try it as well. Interesting, when you register the product, they ask if the reason you are using it is because you hate Microsoft. Then Boing Boing ran piece today about OpenOffice advertising on buses that go to Microsoft. That’s funny!

Anyway, I’ve tested the various apps and here’s my opinion. Open Office is pretty robust and a great downloadable option. I opened one of my Access databases in it and everything worked great. So it stays on the hard drive for when I don’t have WiFi access. But I also like the online apps because it makes it easy switching between computers.

I mainly tested the word processing and of all the apps, I liked ThinkFree. It has editing options I use like zoom, header/footer editing, etc. It runs on Java, which is a problem for some folks, and that means it runs a little slower, but the features are worth it to me. It also has a quick edit and power edit option, so for fasting editing, you can avoid the longer loading java window.

ZohoWriter and the Ajaxwriter were similar and I like them for quick edits. They run fast. I may prefer Zoho simply because it opens in another tab whereas Ajax opens a pop-up window for the document.

gOffice has a nice site but it is still a little too limited in editing options. I couldn’t figure how to change fonts.

If you haven’t tried any of these yet, you should. Open source is changing the rules and hopefully making the web what it was supposed to be. Not a place to make a few guys rich, but a place where us blokes could share our thoughts, ideas and solutions without always commodifying everything.

  1. July 19, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for using Zoho Writer & posting about it here, Doug!

    Do check out the other Zoho apps at http://www.zoho.com

  2. October 16, 2006 at 11:45 am

    With ThinkFree online web 2.0 app you can replace MS Office. Watch this screencast to see how it in action without the need to register. On myuninstalledlife.com I’m trying to uninstall everything from my desktop and replace it with web applications – and I mean EVERYTHING, I just don’t want to replace the apps but also keep 100s of gigs of data online.

  1. October 11, 2006 at 11:00 am
  2. May 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm

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