365 Days of Real Estate & Tech - Day 16 -- Open Office

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  It is the start of a new year and what better way it is to save money especially on software for home and business use. Previously I brought Microsoft Office in order to use Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access software for personal and office work. It started to be expensive to pay $400 - $500 Office license for each computer so the last few years I been having just 1 or 2 computers with Microsoft Office and the rest use the free Open Office.

Open Office, Microsoft Office equivalent

  Open Office is an open source clone of Microsoft Office with their latest version as 3.0. Their Writer program mimics Microsoft Word, Calc mimics Excel, Impress mimics Power Point, and Base mimics Access. Open Office programs can open and edit the Microsoft equivalent programs or save it as a pdf file or publish as a web page. The program is about 400MB, and can be download for free or pay a fee of about $10 to have the program burned to CD and send to you.

                      Open Office Writer word processor program                        Open Office Calc spreadsheet program

  Personally I only use the Writer and Calc program to edit Microsoft Word and Excel files because I am still more comfortable with Word and Excel but plan to spend about 5 hours a week for the next two months using Open Office. It is hard to justify paying $500 for a software for each computer when the average user only use about 10 percent of the functionalities. Imagine having an office with 30 or 40 computers and paying a big licensing fees for software that many agent don't use. I would rather save the money and use it to generate business.
  Open Source and free used to mean not high quality programs and no support. These days it isn't true and some of these programs have updates more often and are usually more reliable such as Linux, Fire Fox, and Open Office. You can read more about my Fire Fox and plug-ins blog here. I am acutally doing some review on a few more Open Source programs this month such as GIMP for image manipulation (Photoshop clone) and Blender for 3D.

Comments (5)

Anja Kerstens, 669.270.8034
Compass - Morgan Hill, CA
GRI, NHCB, CDPE, CHS. Silicon Valley Homes

I installed and successfully used Open Office for two years now when I switched from a PC to a Mac bookPro.  Great to bring this up for others to try out.

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Jan 02, 2011 06:59 PM
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team

I've heard of the Open Office, but haven't fully looked into it.  I may have to as the licensing fees for MSO are prohibitive.

Jan 02, 2011 07:29 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Open office has been my salvation a couple years now. . .I use it everyday

Jan 03, 2011 12:06 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Song, this is a great free software - though I do use Microsoft Office 2007, I may not spend money for Office 2010 - and switch to OpenOffice.

Jan 03, 2011 05:08 AM
Laura Reilly
Real Living Real Estate Professionals - Redding, CA
Home Sales Realtor - Short Sale Team Member - Redd

I will check it out. Sounds like a great tool. Thanks for the tip.

Jan 14, 2011 03:50 AM