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Alternative to MS office

Post by GH0st » Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:16 pm

Does anyone know of an alternative to MS Office? I do need to edit and read files with a ".docx" extension, which is Office 2007 or newer. Need the same or similar in spell checking ability that MS Office has in it.

Tell me what you have used and know about!!

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Post by Atari800xl » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:01 am

I use AbiWord Portable for docx:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=493
For day to day (doc and xls), I use a 16mb minimal Office 97SR2 pack, Excel '97 is on a few old XP systems pretty much 24 hours a day here (dedicated PC's that run label printers, check weighers, etc.)
Just for fun, here's a file list of my "Office97Lite" folder:
  • 6-10-1997 5,604,624 Excel.exe
    3-02-1997 584,704 EXCEL8.OLB
    16-06-2011 96 launch.ahk
    5-06-2007 7,918 Microsoft Windows8.xlb
    11-08-1997 532,752 MSO7NLD.DLL
    11-08-1997 3,782,416 MSO97.DLL
    11-08-1997 86,528 MSOC.DLL
    11-08-1997 71,168 MSROUTE.DLL
    29-09-2012 28,160 Normal.dot
    3-02-1997 6,928 OSAINTL.DLL
    3-02-1997 12,288 SCANLOAD.DLL
    19-08-1997 5,324,560 WINWORD.EXE
    3-02-1997 27,128 WINWORD8.SRG
    29-09-2007 156 wordlaunch.ahk
    29-08-1997 1,535,908 WWINTL32.DLL
    11-08-1997 24,064 XL8409.DLL
    11-08-1997 56,320 XL8413.DLL
    3-02-1997 5,120 XLCALL32.DLL
    11-08-1997 702,464 XLINTL32.DLL
By the way, this "pack" runs on anything from Windows 98 right up to the latest Windows 10 preview. Also on PE (eg. Win8PESE, my favorite).

Nice to see this forum is not dead yet, I really missed OnePiece's May updates, here's hoping he'll be back in June, or at least 5eraph will stay around for a long time to come!!!!

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Post by 5eraph » Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:52 am

I'm not going anywhere. :)

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Post by Atari800xl » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:19 am

That's very good to hear, thanks 5eraph!!
As long as you are willing to share with us which POS updates are superseded each month, we can even keep the OnePiece pack uptodate... (Using the method described in the OnePiece thread)
http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.p ... 619#139619

Sorry, GH0st, back to Office alternatives now...

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Post by bphlpt » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:25 am

As for Office alternatives, you could check out LibreOffice, which is free, Kingsoft Office, which is available in both free and Pro versions, and SoftMaker Office, which is not free but not too expensive. All of these can be installed and will run on XP through Windows 10.

Cheers and Regards

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Post by RyanVM » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:08 pm

I use LibreOffice. I find it overly-complicated for some things vs. Word (like section handling, ugh, what a mess), but overall it works well enough for the little I need it.
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Post by long-lurker » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:51 am

GH0st wrote:Is there an alternative to MS Office, that can open and edit ".docx" files?
I use MS Office 2003 for .doc and .xls and I prefer to *not* use the 'Office Compatibility Pack' which would enable Office 2003 to also open .docx and .xlsx.

So for anything with the "newer" file format, I use *LibreOffice* and then generally save-as to the "older" file format.

LibreOffice can open and edit the file as .docx and .xlsx and save into the same format. I don't use LibreOffice's default format (.udf?).

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Post by GH0st » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:01 pm

Thanks for all the responses, to bad my email didn't tell of them, so I'm just reading them now.

My own search had me find a product, which I ***THINK*** I may like alot, but still testing!

http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/

my past favorite was 2003, then I added something, prolly the Office Compatibility Pack, which makes it so 2003 can deal witht he .docx files fine, but, then you get alot of updates for 2007, which is weird, cause its not 2007. Anyway, weird stuff happens .... which is why I went to office 2007. But I think this is the issues with the extensions causing the windows browser to hang and crash. Would also cause the desktop to crash, should you be working with these files on your desktop.

So, Atlantis may be a cure ... testing to see!

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Post by long-lurker » Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:48 am

agreed, something very strange happened here also when i installed the "office compatibility pack" to my MS Office 2003

i reinstall my computer every two months or so with every QFE UpdatePack release (sometimes don't have time to do it every month), so i stopped installing the compatibility pack and found LibreOffice to work perfectly for my needs

i really only use LibreOffice to *convert* files, i use my MS Office 2003 for everything else


like somebody else mentioned above, i also keep "portable" USB versions of my old Office 98, Office 2000, and Office XP lying around, but for me it was more of an "experiment" to find out if i could get them to work as "portable USB apps", i haven't used them that often

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Post by GH0st » Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:14 am

Turns out I didnt like Atlantis ... so I'm back to 2003

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Post by GH0st » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:29 pm

Loving my XP and Office03! Still no issues with this current install

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Post by Dibya » Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:37 am

I have installed office 2003, office 2010 and libre office in my XP SP3
Libre office is really good office.

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