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Three Alternatives to Microsoft Word

Three Alternatives to Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the standard word processor of most businesses, as well as being installed an many, if not most home computers. But just because it is the 800-pound gorilla of word processing doesn’t mean it is the only option out there. What I will do in this article is review both free or low cost word processors that do just fine as a replacement for MS Word.

Note: In this post, I will not be looking at word processors integrated into Office Suites. See my post titled “Alternatives to Microsoft Office” for a quick review of alternative Office Suites, all of which include a word processor.

Abiword is a fully-featured, cross platform word processor with all the functionality anyone would expect from an office application, but without taking up the memory and hard disk space requirements of office heavyweights like Microsoft Word and LibreOffice. Unless you’re looking for a full-fledged integrated office environment, Abiword may be all you need.

Abiword has most of the same document formatting and editing features that one would come to expect from a modern word processing program, and various plugins are available to expand Abiword’s capabilities. There is also the AbiCollab feature, which allows you to collaborate with others on the same document. Editing can be viewed in real time…a very usefull feature. There is also the ability to incorporate “Friends” or “groups” and allow for multi-user document administration.

My biggest gripe with AbiWord is that is does not support Microsoft’s latest document format, .docx, which can be a problem when working with others who are using MS Word. Other open source applications have added support for this format, so why not AbiWord? But, other than this little grip, this is a pretty good little program, especially if you are using an older machine or a netbook where computing power is at a premium.

See ABIWORD: A GREAT OPEN SOURCE WORD PROCESSOR for my full review of this incredible word processor.

Jarte is a neat little word processor that is great for people who are working on the go. Based on the WordPad engine, this program can be installed on a USB drive (with plenty of room to spare for documents) for the ultimate in portability.

Jarte does most of the things the average person would expect from a word processing program. Spell checking, dictionary and thesaurus, bookmarking, multiple fonts and formatting…it’s all there. Documents can be opened and saved in multiple formats (including MS word’s .docx format), and the tabbed interface makes managing multiple documents soooo easy.

Atlantis Nova is another lightweight word processor that has many of the same attributes as Jarte. The interface reminds me of pre-2007 MS Office, but the layout of the menus seems disorganized to me. However, if you are familiar with MS Word 2003 (or older), you will soon adapt and begin producing documents in no time. You can create and edit documents using a long list of tools and options, such as choosing fonts, sizes, paragraph setup, tabs, bullets, and other useful features. One thing that really hurt its overall performance was the lack of a spell-checker, which is pretty much an essential feature in a word processor. It also saves files in the unpopular Rich Text File format, another negative mark. It does boast some inventive features like a Zoom option and a calculations tool similar to one on an Excel spreadsheet.

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Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Officeis the dominant Office suite in use today, and for good reason…it works and can do just about anything. It is also expensive. So I decided to take a look at the free alternatives out there and see how they stack up to MS Office. Enjoy!

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OpenOffice is quite possible the best known alternative to MS Office. It covers most basic needs by incorporating many of the same applications as MS Word, although with different application names:

Word in Office is Writer in OpenOffice.
Excel in Office is Calc in OpenOffice.
PowerPoint in Office is Impress in OpenOffice.
Access in Office is Base in OpenOffice.

While these programs cover the basics that many people would want, there are some applications that OpenOffice lacks. There are no equivalents of MS OneNote, Publisher, InfoPath, Project, or Groove (now called SharePoint Workspace in Office 2010). For me the biggest is an equivalent of MS Publisher; while there are other free programs that can duplicate the functions of Publisher, it would be nice to have it integrated into OpenOffice. Additionally, OpenOffice does not have the ribbon interface that was introduced with Office 2007; while this does come down to personal taste, I do think the ribbon makes MS Office easier to use, instead of hunting through menus to find the function you are looking for.

OpenOffice is available for any operating system, and I had no problem opening multiple document formats…even the new (2007 and up) docx format that MS Word now uses. Bottom line: if your needs are limited to word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentations, OpenOffice should do everything you need, and all for free.

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IBM Lotus Symphony is a free software suit that consists of Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. It is based on the same code as OpenOffice, but it has a much more refined feel. After playing around with the suite, I found the learning curve to be very quick. One feature that I really like is that you can have different file types open at the same time in the same window, each accessible by different tabs. For example, with most office suites you’d have to toggle between a spreadsheet window and a presentation window if you’re working on both at the same time, but Symphony lets you have them side by side, which is very cool…and something I have long wished Microsoft Office would allow.

There is a pretty good selection of clip art, and I was able to open files in multiple formats. I was also able to export files in PDF format, something Microsoft Office doesn’t do without a plug-in. (Speaking of plug-ins, IBM offers many for the suite, all downloadable from their website.) There is also an integrated web browser, which is very handy for doing research while writing.

While the suite seems to work well, it does not have all of the other applications that Microsoft Office has…such as Access (database), Publisher, and Groove. However, if you only need word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, then this software may be the ticket for you.

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LibreOffice was created as a result of the recent split between Oracle and the community. As you may expect, the LibreOffice experience is very much OpenOffice-ish. In fact, I would consider LibreOffice to be a clone of OpenOffice, so if you like OpenOffice, you will like LibreOffice. When I used LibreOffice, I was both able to open documents in multiple formats and to save documents and later open them in MS Office. One addition that LibreOffice has over OpenOffice is a mobile version which allows you to work from the cloud or from a USB drive…very cool indeed. Be sure to check out my full review of LibreOffice by clicking here!

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Google Docs may be the best-known name in cloud-based office software. The free service lets you import existing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, or create new ones from scratch. From there, they can be accessed, edited, and shared from anywhere using just a Web browser. Multiple people can share documents and make changes at the same time, making this a good platform for group collaboration.

There is no doubt that cloud based services are the way of the future, and kudos to Google for attempting it and managing to pull it off…sort of. Since the service is completely cloud based, you MUST have an internet connection to work on documents, which I don’t like. I would much prefer to work offline, and then save to the cloud. Formatting documents is also much more difficult compared to any of the other Office suites I have looked at, and the interface feel generations old.

On the plus side, Google docs seems to be able to open files of just about any format, and there is excellent mobile support. So if you have a need for a suite that allows for excellent collaboration and sharing of documents, this may be your Office suite!

I hope you have enjoyed this list of free office suites, and it just shows that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a good office suite. You may also enjoy my article “My favorite freeware”. Know of other free or nearly free suites? Leave a comment below to let everyone know about it!

How To Convert NSF to PST Files

How To Convert NSF to PST Files
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How To Convert NSF to PST Files

A flawless email client is an essential requirement for a hassle free communication environment. For making communication smooth and manageable a richly featured email client is very important. Email clients such as Out look Express, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus notes vary from each other in their features.

Among these MS Outlook is the most popular email program widely used in many workplaces. The main reason for this is it being user-friendly and advanced features. Therefore, users wish to convert/migrate from NSF to PST .

Recover Data NSF to PST email conversion software is a easy to use software. This professional software is build to migrate Lotus Notes .NSF to Microsoft Outlook .PST. With this Recover Data email conversion tool user can transfer complete .NSF file that includes contacts, attachments, emails, message, calendar, tasks, notes, address book, journals etc. to .PST file. Lotus notes to Outlook conversion software renovates exactly same folder in MS Outlook mailbox as in the Lotus Notes. This promising conversion software supports all the versions of Lotus notes. It also allows to take a complete backup before the conversion of Lotus Notes to Outlook.

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How to Install Netbeans IDE in Your PC

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Netbeans IDE probably is the most popular Java IDE for Java Developers. It has many features and supports many popular programming languages and scripting languages. Netbeans IDE has a user-friendly interface and also contains sample programs inside its system, both for beginners and advance users. It has also a help support section inside the IDE, and you can surf your arising questions about using or programming on the IDE. When you want to make your own Graphical User Interface, the IDE provides drop and down features for buttons and text fields and you do not need to code those features unlike on other conventional Java IDE’s.

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Netbeans IDE as an IDE for Java Programming

All in all, Netbeans IDE is a wonderful Java IDE for Java Programming. To learn how to program on this IDE, follow this link,

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it has a step by step process on how to make a Java Project, classes and methods. Netbeans IDE is an open source integrated development environment and was introduced in 1996 as Xelphi at Charles University, until the Sun Microsystem bought it and produced a commercial version of it on 1999. Netbeans IDE contains many bundles as said, on its full downloadable version it has an Apache Tomcat for Database and GlassFish bundle. Other bundles include, Python, PHP, c/c++, Java ME, Java FX, Java SE, Web and Java EE bundles. Netbeans IDE now is also translated into 28 different languages all around the world. Currently, the most current version of it is the Netbeans 7.3 version.

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Installing the Netbeans IDE for Java Programming needs a JDK first, or the Java Development Kit. The Java Development Kit contains Java libraries and Pre-defined packages, classes and methods for easier programming.

Steps to Install Java JDK and Netbeans IDE

1. Download Netbeans 7.3 on this link and save. (Do not install yet)

2. Download Java JDK 7 here.

3. After the downloads, install Java JDK first. Just click it to install and click next, usually the right choices are already pre-selected as defaults, so the user would only click the next buttons until it reach the Finish Button.

4. Install Netbeans 7.3 on the same drive where you installed the JDK. Click next until it reaches the finish button.

5. Open Netbeans IDE and begin your Java Programming. Enjoy!

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