Impress can compress exported documents to PDF based on size, dpi and quality. MS is not even near this.
MS Office won not because its "successful", but because it used hidden functionality in Windows, forced own changing document types that others were unable to work with and was very often prepackaged in OEM. They drove every other single solution out of the market since Windows 95; even Wordperfect is nearly dead - I know no one who uses it now.
Right now its down to LibreOffice, Softmaker and MSO. With MSO going Linux, even half-arsed, Softmaker is very probably dead; and only LO and MSO will compete.
LO is more advanced than MSO, because it uses classic interface, works perfectly on multitude of platforms, is FLOSS, and has wide support for document formats.
Since 2009 I use LibreOffice exclusively for everything and it works wonders. Also, nearly all Windows PC's I encounter have OOO or LO installed, so its used everywhere which means its feature complete.
They added useless shit like Firefox personas skin support, instead of porting it o GTK3, improving the file format support, or shipping some post-1995 templates for Impress.
Actually they are not using GTK except for theming their own toolkit (Firefox is implemented the same way).They added useless shit like Firefox personas skin support, instead of porting it o GTK3,
In case they would switch from VCL to GTK3 it would look like shit on Windows and OSX.
I have to use the Ribbon stuff as MSOffice-2010 is actually standard at the company I work for and to be honest actually dislike it a lot. Keeping in mind how few programs not created by Microsoft actually use Ribbons, I wonder wether it is really the big success microsoft wants us make to believe.No. The Ribbon interface was the best to happen to MSO in a good few releases.
So it probably all comes down to personal preferences.
Last edited by Linuxhippy; 02-07-2013 at 12:40 PM.
Maybe I need to try the new 4.0.
In previous versions my only complaints were far too slow startup and the dep on Java.
For a good many of us, LibreOffice has eclipsed MS Office a long time ago. Microsoft Office is one of the most overrated applications ever, if not the most overpriced .While LibreOffice isn't yet up to par with Microsoft Office
Last edited by Rallos Zek; 02-07-2013 at 01:19 PM.
I have only used ribbon when I was writing my diploma exams, and while I admit it is not that bad it certainly is not easily discoverable. By the end of writing my Social30 written exam we were forced to help the examiner figure it out, even though we had never used it before, and he had.
Neither Libre Office, nor MS Office are up to part with LATEX anyway...