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Power Point Compatibility Question

I need to learn Power Point for the series of classes I am taking. A Power Point presentation is due in practically every class.

Has anybody worked with OpenOffice.org's "Impress?" Is it genuinely compatible with Power Point? Can I take an "Impress" CD into school, pop it into somebody's PC running Power Point, and display my presentation? Without fussing around, I mean?

Same question for OpenOffice's word processor. MicroSoft's Works word processor is not even completely compatible with Word, and they're both from the same company -- when I convert from ".wps" format to ".doc" format, some page layout (like headers) is lost. I have a hard time believing that OpenOffice will be truly seamlessly compatible with MS Office. We have to submit our on-line assignments in ".doc" format.

Bottom line: I don't really want to shell out two-hundred bucks for MS Office. More than that, though, I don't want to mess around with fussy little compatibility issues. So, does anybody have any opinions re; OpenOffice vs. MS Office?



Oh, and, one more thing: really and truly, IS there a difference between the "Educational Version" and the "Full" version?

Thanx -- David

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pastilla
Jun. 7th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
I'm starting to think that seamless compatibility with MS products is up there with other utopian goals like universal healthcare and peace on earth. $200, though. >gag< OpenOffice must be pretty good; it's plugged by many. Here it is on komando's Best Shareware Picks. (Not that she is my heroine, or anything . . . she just has some excellent, free/cheap ideas).

davidd
Jun. 7th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
free or cheap = good. Thanx!

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