Not too long ago, I made the transition (a slightly rocky one) from a PC to a Mac. After 15+ years on a PC, it takes some getting used to. And the biggest adjustment yet? Not having the software that was once second-nature to me and my computing needs.
Sure, I could buy a new version of the software that I’ve had for years and years…but, oof. It’s expensive. Like really expensive.
Hello there, Apache OpenOffice!
OpenOffice is a multi-platform (and multi-lingual) office software suite. You can use it for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, presentations, like this:
Not only does that look user-friendly, but it looks professional and polished. That’s pretty important when it comes to software that I need to use for reports, presentations, forms, graphics, documents…you name it!
So, why am I telling you about OpenOffice? Let’s see…um, you can download it right at their website, which is convenient. It also features more than 170 languages! (Sure, I probably am only using one, but everything isn’t about me.) One of the most important features of OpenOffice, in my opinion, is that it can read and write files from other “common office software packages.” I’ll leave it at that. You can figure it out.
Another important feature is that OpenOffice can be used on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. That means I’m included! (I hate it when I find something I like, only to find out that there isn’t a Mac version! Ugh.)
Oh, wait! The best feature: It’s free. As in free free.
What in the world are you waiting for? Get over there and download OpenOffice!