I was encouraged to leave my aoo forum post directly in the dev mailing list so
that you all can read what I wanted to express. I am not a software developper
in any sense--only a user.
there may be little positive feedback for your work, I guess. So I created an
account for the forum (and now subscribed temporarily to dev@aoo) to leave a
big THANK YOU!
The first version I used must have been something like StarOffice 4.3, the
first I owned was SO 5.2, and then I shifted to OpenOffice(.org) when it
introduced the XML file formats. So I am a convinced and longterm user since
then and hardly ever regretted my decision.
OpenOffice gave me the possibility to mostly do what I wanted to (with writer,
base, calc, impress and draw - in that historic order) in an efficient way,
and the only thing I don't like is, that it always tends towards following MS
Office although it already was better in many ways. I understand that it is
crucial to get as many users as possible, so I acknowledge the decisions
towards MS Office.
What I like most is the long term usability and stability, and I do not only
keep my office files from more than 10 years ago, I also use and re-use them.
And if one crashed in the past, I nearly always could recover them by opening
the zip bundle with an (hex) editor.
By that, I enjoyed the progress in LibreOffice, but didn't really need it.
Although I switched to LibreOffice on some machines, I am always glad that
there is OpenOffice, too. In my eyes, it is the more stable and efficient
branch of the project. This year it was my fallback tool and salvation in a
book project that I started with LO Writer; I first invested hours to get my
pictures back to the place they belonged to when they got more and more (as
others did decades before with MS Word) and then had to give up as it didn't
open the file anymore without crashing. Apache OpenOffice (standard and
portable) solved the problem. It got a nice book, by the way, for our church
So if you get the software maintained, I will probably continue to use
OpenOffice for another 20 years. And I won't switch to DTP software (Scribus)
for the next book project neither like I regularly do for magazines, brochures
OpenOffice is a great, great software, even if it didn't evolve much in the
last years! (maybe even: because..) Powerful enough for both private and
standard business use.
Keep patience and persistance!
A very satisfied and content user
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