StarOffice 9 Beta

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  1. Bob D

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    The price has been cut in half too!!! But is there anything in version 9 that would warrant using SO instead of the free Oo_Org 3.0?
     
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    Question: is it somehow more compatible with MS formats due to some proprietary addon built in? Or do the differences lie elsewhere, and MS compatibility is the same as in OO?
     
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    Cannot comment on SO9 & OO3, but in past releases;
    functionally same as OO, just a bit more polished with a few more bells / whistles, clip art, templates, better dictionary, thesaurus, etc.
    Some info here: http://www.sun.com/software/staroffice/docs/StarOffice9_WhatsNew.pdf
     
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    Aside from having extra features, I guess you also receive free technical support from Sun.
     
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    Yes, albeit limited
     
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    Thank you Bob D and keep posting StarOffice related news. I'm always interested. :)
     
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    Macro converter, mmmm.
    I wonder if i can have OO and SO installed at the same time?
     
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    What would be the incentive to buy it vs the free OxygenOffice? (They are now at version 2.4x but should be releasing their version 3, with updated add-ons, shortly.)
     
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    Dictionary and thesaurus (although available for OxyO, free, as extensions, I don't believe they were included in previous releases).
    Also not quite as refined. Development is much more sluggish.
    MHO: For free, i would stick with OO, and DL extensions to give it the extra goodies that come packaged with OxygenOffice.
     
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    It used to be that StarOffice had better import and export filters that OpenOffice. Whether that holds true with SO 9 versus OO 3 remains to be seen. Also, Go-oo offers better filters than the default OpenOffice too. So, if that is the only worthwhile difference than I suggest you go with that. I want to see what SO has to offer though.
     
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    Good info.
    Thanks.
     
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    Good point.
    (I have a bunch of archived WordPerfect .wpd doc.s that on rare occasions I need access to.)
    Apparently that filter was proprietary (not available in OO).
     
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    Try Go-oo 3. I'd be interested to know if they open corrently with it, as opposed to Oo_Org 3.
     
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    Go-oo 3 appears to be another rebranded offshoot of the opensource OO with a niche market.
    Their only WordPerfect compatability claim is
    SO8 & SO9 handle my archived .wpd & Quattro Pro files reasonably well.
     
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