In part 1 of this article, I told you how to find LibreOffice – a great free alternative to Microsoft Office. Libre Office works across multiple platforms and it’s even portable!
Let’s take a look at the programs that come with the suite.
Writer. Is the equivalent to Microsoft Word equivalent. When you click on the icon, you will open a window that looks quite familiar. Notice the toolbar – looks pretty much the same with Word’s toolbar, doesn’t it?
The menu bar and the buttons don’t look so different from Word. You can quickly format the text or add bulleting and indentation. Also, you can check spelling and grammar, find a word, insert a table or a chart, shapes and so on.
Calc. Excel is not the king anymore. With Calc you can quickly use your already saved worksheets or create new ones.
As with Excel, you can perform calculations, format the text, merge or split the cells, increase or decrease decimals, insert formulas and everything you can do with Microsoft’s Excel application.
Impress. What can PowerPoint do that Impress can’t? Nothing.
Impress lets you insert titles, slides, shapes, images, videos, sounds – everything you need for a powerful, eye-catching presentation.
Draw. This is so much more than an alternative to Microsoft’s Paint. It does a lot more than that simple program.
You can quickly insert shapes, text, arrows, splines and more. You can even insert other images and charts, apply 3D effects and format line, text and shapes styles.
Math. I must say that I’m impressed with this application. I’m sure it is every mathematician’s dream to work with it.
On the left side you have a quick picker of the most common operations, while on the right side you can choose the most used elements.
Base. The power of a strong database is unleashed with this application. Not only does it support all the formats supported by Microsoft’s Access, it even helps you to build a database from scratch, right from the moment you click the launcher.
The wizard guides you step by step through the whole process. At the end, you will have a ready to go database.
The best part comes next: all LibreOffice’s inside applications gives you the opportunity to save your work directly in .pdf format, with just one click.
In future articles I will teach you how to work with every single one of them.