Free Office Automation Software

OpenOffice.org offers free professional software for your business

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The presentation, manipulation and storage of information are important functions within your business. These basic tasks are normally accomplished using a suite of office automation software, such as Microsoft Office. Unfortunately, that software can be expensive if you must install it on multiple computers.

Fortunately, you can take advantage of office automation software for small businesses without incurring high costs, particularly if your business doesn't require specialized applications, and you don't have to perform significantly complex tasks with your software.

For example, Google Docs provides a powerful suite of Web applications that you can use at no cost.

Also, a group of developers at OpenOffice.org has collaborated to create a set of free office automation software tools compare favorably to the Microsoft Office suite. OpenOffice offers a wide range of compatibility with the more familiar office software file types, including .doc, .ppt, .xls, and .pdf. Best of all, OpenOffice software is free—there are no license fees required for its use.

Writer: Free Word Processing Software

Writer is a fully functional word processing program and desktop publishing software package that is suitable for business use. It has all the features that you would expect to see in a professional word processor, such as formatting, application of styles, spell checking, auto completion and many others. It is easy enough to use for a beginner to write a quick memo, while also powerful enough for an author to write a complete book.

Replacement for: Microsoft Word

Calc: Free Spreadsheet Software

Calc is a spreadsheet program that is intuitive to learn, yet has a full set of numerical data analysis tools. This spreadsheet package is powerful enough to allow you to complete your numerical tasks quickly and efficiently.

Replacement for: Microsoft Excel

Impress: Free Presentation Software

Impress is an outstanding presentation software package that allows you to deliver your message in a clear and exciting way. With the Impress tools, you can create simple presentations in minimal time, yet it is sophisticated enough to create the most complex and stunning presentations you can imagine.

Replacement for: Microsoft PowerPoint

Base: Free Database Software

Base provides you with all the power of a fully functional database program. You can define tables, forms, queries and reports to match the special data processing needs of your business. To help you create your database programs efficiently, Base provides easy-to-use wizards that speed the development process.

Replacement for: Microsoft Access

Draw: Free Graphics and Design Software

Draw allows you to draw anything from a quick sketch to a complicated set of plans, and even layouts and organizational charts. You can then manipulate the objects on the screen to create realistic images and graphics to represent your ideas in a clear and concise way.

Replacement for: Microsoft Visio

Where Do I Get this Free Software?

You can find out more about OpenOffice and its office automation software, including how to download and install it for your business, go to OpenOffice.org.

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