Since we regularly discuss OpenOffice and why you might want to use it, today I thought that it might be a good idea to go over what comes with your free OpenOffice  download.
Once you’ve run the setup wizard and launched OpenOffice, you should bump into this:
From this screen you can access the individual components of OpenOffice, based on the type of file you’re looking to work with.
Here’s a list of the actual component names (found in the Windows Start menu):
As you can see, you’ve got quite a lot here. Let’s take a look at your OpenOffice.org programs:
Writer is your word processor. (Compatible with MS Word)
Calc is your spreadsheet program. (Compatible with MS Excel)
Impress is the program for creating presentations. (Compatible with MS PowerPoint)
Base is your program for creating and maintaining databases of information. (Similar to MS Access)
Draw is a program that will allow us to create logos, flow charts, drawings, etc… (While I haven’t had much time to investigate this one it seems to me that you have a lot of options and could easily create many of the types of things we do with MS Publisher.)
Math is a program designed for the creation of equations and formulas… obviously, math related symbols and setups are available here. This one piqued my interest (since I teach high school math).
At any rate, there’s a quick overview of what you’ve got in your new OpenOffice Suite of programs. There’s a lot of work to do for all of us when it comes to exploring and learning not just the basics but all the “cool” stuff too.
Until next time, keep exploring and be sure to send in your cool finds, questions or areas of interest that you’d like to share with other OpenOffice users.