Friday, July 1, 2005

OpenOffice Bites, Use Pirated MS Office

I am rather distraught any time I need to lauch a Microsoft Office document. From my perspective, Office is fabulously complex and I don't know how to use it (nor do I particularly care to spend time learning). I run Ubuntu linux, and today I played around for a few mintues with OpenOffice 2.0.

What a piece of shit. Granted, I'm using a pre-release version, but wow is it bad. First, the look-and-feel of the app is horrible. The fonts and colors for the file, edit, view... menus are completely off. The file selection dialog box is wrechedly ugly and confusing. If you have the perseverance to wait the full minute it takes for OOo to load, then load a spreadsheet, you are rewarded with the wonderful frustration ahead of you. First, you'll notice that the formatting doesn't look right. Yes yes, blahbidy blah proprietary fonts, blabidy Microsoft blah. I don't care. It looks like crap. Drag and drop of cells does not work. Drag and drop of information from one OOo window to another does not work. Copy and paste doesn't work the same. For an unexplicable reason some of the fields that have simple arithmatic fuctions are giving the wrong answer... 38% times (not plus) 0 equals, oh, that's right, $0.38. Now you go to save and it says that the formatting you did (I used a background color for table headers, changed the width of a column) is not compatible with the XLS format you're trying to save it as - and you should really save it as an OpenOffice format. No thanks - I would have used vi or HTML if I didn't have to modifiy and return this crap document in the first place. After all that, the document I ended up saving had macros for some god awful reason, and it ended up crashing Microsoft Excel on Windows.

Ryan's rating: thumbs down.