Star Office 7 or Open Office 2?

  malynx 00:39 20 Jun 2006

I'm most familiar with, and most like 'MS Office' - but there's no way I can afford Word, Excel, Access et al (even if I thought it was value for money).

My PC shipped with 'MS Works' (oem) but I took an instant dislike to this "suite".

So, I was about to download the highly-reputed freeware 'Open Office 2' when I noticed I could get a copy of 'Sun Star Office 7' for a measly £5...

I understand that 'Sun Office' is an enhanced commercial release of 'Open Office' featuring third-party extras (such as spell-checkers and fonts), and therefore:
'Sun Office 7' is better than 'Open Office 1.2',
and 'Sun Office 8' is better than 'Open Office 2'...
if you don't mind paying the extra £50.

Well, for £5 I can get 'Star Office 7' - seems pretty much to be a bargain - but is it better than 'Open Office 2'?

  Belatucadrus 01:14 20 Jun 2006

Star 7 is based on Open 1.1, it's a good suite, but perhaps not on a par with OpenOffice 2, which does have a spell checker and plenty of fonts. Neither have a grammar checker though. Star as is comes with a better selection of templates, but this is easily remedied at the OpenOffice site click here
I've got Star 7 on my main PC and OpenOffice on a backup, I mainly use Star as it's what I'm used to, but users of Microsoft Office will find the OpenOffice interface rather more familiar than Star.
If you're looking to use a database then there's no contest, OpenOffice isn't as easy as Access, but it's light years ahead of the Adabas module that comes with Star.

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  malynx 19:24 20 Jun 2006


Seems like sound advice.

And thankyou for the helpful links too.

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