Quote:> I would like to get a general concensus about how good (or bad) the ApplixWare
> Office Suite is. Currently, the only thing that truly keeps me tied to
> Windows is MS Office. Whether you love or hate Microsoft, their office suite
> is pretty nice and reliable.
I don't think I'd go so far as to say MS Office is "reliable," and
"nice" is sort of dependent on that.... (I've lost too much work to MS
Quote:> I know ApplixWare will read and work with
> various formats (Word 2000, Excel 2000, etc) but does it "butcher" the
The latest version of ApplixWare I've used is 4.4.1. The latest
available is 5.something, I believe. I rather like ApplixWare; it's got
a lot of power, but much of it's unobtrusive, unlike most other office
packages. ApplixWare 4.4.1 is nowhere near adequate for serious two-way
document exchange with MS Office (or at least MS Word) files, though.
Yes, it'll handle a basic document reasonably well, and might even be
OK for a one-way exchange where you don't mind cleaning up some
problems on import. The only program I'm aware of that even comes close
to being suitable for two-way exchanges is StarOffice/OpenOffice.org,
and that only in the latest incarnations (like OpenOffice.org 1.0;
definitely not StarOffice 5.2). Even SO/OO isn't perfect, though.
Quote:> Is it truly WYSIWYG or does the formatting end up looking like a
> font factory reject.
It's about as WYSIWYG as is typical. There are font quirks in
ApplixWare, at least in the 4.4.1 version I've used. In fact, I've got a
Web page on improving the package's font handling (mainly for printing,
but to a lesser extent also on-screen display):
As with most serious font-using programs (mainly word processors, but
also some other types), font handling in Linux/X isn't trivial. X just
doesn't offer the font-handling features that these programs need, so
they've got to kludge something together, and the result isn't pretty,
from a configuration point of view.
Quote:> Is it worth the price or is it about the same as
> OpenOffice. I'm not impressed at all with either Star Office or OpenOffice.
> Any and all opinions are appreciated.
It depends on your needs. If you need document interoperability with MS
Word, then ApplixWare 4.4.1 is far below OpenOffice.org 1.0, but I
can't speak to the latest versions of ApplixWare. If you're looking for
general usability for typical word processing, then I'd favor Applix;
it's less sluggish, its user interface is less cluttered, and I just
prefer its overall "feel." Sadly, most of what I do has to be in MS
Word (computer book publishers just don't accept anything else, by and
large, and even OpenOffice.org isn't QUITE good enough on that score
There are other options, too, like WordPerfect (now pretty well
abandoned, but you can still find copies), KWord, AbiWord, LyX, and
others. These won't do well for document exchange with MS Word, at
least not compared to StarOffice/OpenOffice.org, but if that's not
critically important, any one of them might suit your specific needs.
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