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This page lists the benefits of using a fully featured, well established office software suite.

  • it's not going to crash on you
  • it will do everything you need today and tomorrow - wordprocessing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing, databases, maths...
  • it's a single package - it all looks the same, works the same
  • one simple install gives you everything you expect, and maybe some things you don't (e.g. pdf creation)
  • it's the first office software in the world to store your files in the international ISO 26300 OpenDocument Format


Great Software requires great people. OpenOffice.org 2 is the result of over twenty years' continuous high quality software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, OpenOffice.org 2 has a consistency and a quality that is world class. Its open-source development model means there are no secrets.

Better by design

Developed over twenty years, OpenOffice.org is a mature, reliable, product. OpenOffice.org was designed from the start as a single piece of software - not bolted together from separate software packages. This makes it very consistent and easy to use - what you learn in one application is immediately usable in another. You can even open any type of document from any application - OpenOffice.org 2 is really one piece of software.

Better for you

OpenOffice.org 2 contains all the office software you need, in one single package. You don't have to worry which version to install: one installation program provides everything. The installation also includes features which some expensive rivals do not - for example, the ability to create .pdf files when you want to be guarantee what the recipient sees on their computer. There is also a growing range of extensions: additional features that any developer can provide. OpenOffice.org releases release software several times a year so you can take advantage of new features as quickly as possible.

Honest software

OpenOffice.org 2 is developed using an open-software, "no secrets" approach. Anyone can look at the programs and suggest improvements, or fix bugs. Anyone can report problems or request enhancements, and anyone can see the response from other users or developers. The status of current and future releases is displayed on a public wiki, so you can decide if and when you want to upgrade to take advantage of new features. Anyone used to commercial software and its hyping and marketing speak will find OpenOffice.org 2 refreshingly different. Enjoy the benefits of open-source!



Writer has everything you would expect from a modern, fully equipped word processor or desktop publisher: powerful features like AutoCorrect, AutoComplete, AutoFormat, Styles and Formatting, Text Frames and Linking, Tables of Contents, Indexing, Bibliographical References, Illustrations, Tables, and other objects. Writer is simple enough for a quick memo, powerful and stable enough to create complete books with lots of graphics, headings etc.


Calc is the spreadsheet you've always wanted. Newcomers find it intuitive and easy to learn; professional data miners and number crunchers will appreciate the comprehensive range of powerful features including Advanced DataPilot technology, Natural language formulas, an Intelligent Sum Button, a comprehensive range of advanced spreadsheet functions, Styles and Formatting, and a Scenario Manager for "what ifs". Calc - for all your numbers.


Impress is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will stand out with 2D and 3D clip art, fontworks, special effects, animation, and high-impact drawing tools. A multi-pane view puts all the tools at your fingertips, and you can 'park' your most commonly used drawing tools around your screen ready for single-click access. Share your work in many ways: not only pdf, but also html and Flash. Get your message across with Impress.


Draw anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan. Draw gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. Manipulate objects, rotate in two or three dimensions; use sophisticated rendering to create photorealistic images. Smart connectors make short work of flowcharts, organisation charts, network diagrams, etc. Styles - a common OpenOffice.org feature - help you control your work easily and precisely in Draw. A Draw image is worth a thousand words!


Base enables you to manipulate database data seamlessly within OpenOffice.org 2. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, either using your own database or Base's own built-in HSQL database engine. Base offers a choice of using Wizards, Design Views, or SQL Views for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users. Access your databases easily with Base.

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