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Open Office Base vs. Microsoft Access

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Base is the open source database manager designed to be the free replacement for $499.95 Microsoft Access. By building databases, users can store large amounts of information, put their information in order, and search for information quickly and easily. For example, schools often create databases of students. This allows administrators to view students by searching for their student id, name, grade, or class schedule.

Open Office Base’s features include:

 -- Manages databases large and small -- Integrates seamlessly into the rest of the OpenOffice.org suite -- Stores large data files easily -- Exports data into spreadsheets -- Backwards and forwards compatible with Microsoft Access -- Compatible with multiple platforms including Windows, MacOS, Linux and Unix

As one of the best database managers out there, Base allows a wide range of users to control their databases. Base’s exciting features allow the user to easily update and track information in the database and make maintaining a database easy. If you use Microsoft Access then try Base and save yourself almost $500. If you have never used a database manager then now is the time to start with 100% free Base.

Open Office Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

Impress is the open source answer to Microsoft Office’s PowerPoint. PowerPoint presentations have become the method of choice when it comes to business presentations, class projects and whenever someone wants to pass on information in a clear way. PowerPoint presentations are not the only option. Impress offers many of PowerPoint’s features–but without the $495.99 bill.

Open Office Impress can:

 -- Import images -- Create presentations -- Play presentations -- Access SWF (shockwave) files -- Export presentations to PDF. -- Work on multiple platforms including Windows, MacOS, Linux and Unix

Impress is free, open source, can do everything Windows PowerPoint can do and has added content. Because Impress is open source and many users are constantly working to perfect it, there are many image galleries and presentation templates available for download. Remember the most important advantage of Impress: by choosing Impress instead of Microsoft PowerPoint, you can save $495.99.

Open Office Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Open Office Calc is the open source answer to Microsoft Office’s Excel.

Both Calc and Excel are spreadsheet creators and editors but there are many major differences between open source Calc and Excel—the first and possibly most important of which is that, while Excel can cost as much as $499.95, Calc is absolutely free.

Open Office Calc can:

 -- Sort and collate data -- Receive text or data -- Natively create graphs -- Export spreadsheets as PDFs -- Create simple or complex formulas (complex formulas are easier to create in Calc than in Excel) -- Handle dates prior to 1900 (Microsoft Excel cannot) -- Work on multiple platforms including Windows, MacOS, Linux and Unix

If you use spreadsheets often then the extra features and improvements in Calc can make your work just that much easier. If you hardly ever use your current spreadsheet creator, then Calc can save you a lot of money that you don’t need to be spending.

In fact, either way, Calc can save you money. A lot of money.

Open Office Writer vs. Microsoft Word

The word processor has become a necessary piece of equipment for everyone and Microsoft Word is the household name and the go-to product, but it’s not the only choice. Open Office’s Writer is the open source answer to Microsoft Word. Writer has all the major functions of Microsoft Word without the hassle of Word’s proprietary formats and the $499.95 bill.

Writer has many of the same features as Microsoft Word:

 -- Spelling and grammar checking -- Auto correct -- Styles and formatting -- Headers and footers -- Support for insertion of images and graphs

Writer is open source, which means that many different people all over the world are constantly working to make the program better. Not only have the people working on Writer created a program with all of the features of Microsoft Word, but they have added many great features as well:

 -- Auto complete -- Backwards and forwards compatibility with Microsoft Word -- Compatibility with most word processor formats including Word Perfect and Apple Pages

Only a handful of people use their word processor more than a few times a month. If you are like the average user who hardly uses their word processor then you simply don’t need Word. You don’t need all the extra features that you pay for when you buy Word but you’ve never used and you don’t need the $499.95 price tag. What you need is free Open Office Writer.

Open Office: Your Free Microsoft Office Suite

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Microsoft Office is one of the most popular applications in the history of computers. Just about every computer in the world has a copy of Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access. Every couple of years, Microsoft comes out with a new version of Office and every one of its millions of users must pay the price to use this vital, necessary application. Some versions of Microsoft Office can run up to $499.95.

It seems unfair to charge that kind of a price for a program that is so vital to both business and personal computing. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a rival application, one that had all the utilities of Microsoft Office, all the features, but none of the price?

Well, the folks at Open Office thought so too. Open Office is the free, opensource answer to Microsoft Office. Open Office is so great, and so full of features that we’re actually going to be talking about it for the next few days:

Get a look at Open Office here.

OpenOffice 3.1 is Available!

We are excited to present OpenOffice, our newest UberDownloads product. OpenOffice is the opensource replacement for Windows Office. OpenOffice contains many of the same programs as Windows Office but with better features, a nicer interface and without the huge cost of Microsoft Office.

OpenOffice is one of the best opensource programs out there and we are excited to finally be able to present it to you. Try it out here. You won’t be disappointed.