Guest Author - Charisse Van Horn
The Open Office program creates PDF files for free. In fact, that is how I managed to stumble upon this awesome piece of software. But more than enjoying the freedom of knowing that I can easily create my own PDF files, insert images and move them seamlessly, and create my own E-books is the knowing that the Open Office organization is committed to providing high quality office tools free of charge.
Open Office has been released for over twenty years and is sturdy; it isnít like you are getting a free software program that has lots of bugs to deal with. Youíll find that all of the applications contained within Open Office work harmoniously with one another. This makes it very easy to work between applications simultaneously. Another amazing aspect of Open Office is the fact that it is compatible with all operating platforms. From Windows and Macintosh to Linux and Sun everyone can use Open Office.
Open Office is open source software; this means that any developer can create programs or extensions to use with the program. Once you become familiar with Open Office and its ease of operation, you will be amazed at how many extensions are available. These extensions are also free and will save numerous hours, and countless dollars that you would otherwise spend for the same functions and tasks.
Though the program is excellent, youíll find that developers are continually increasing its capacity and working out anything that might cause kinks or bugs. Once you try Open Office you might decide that you canít go back to anything else.
Once you begin to explore the many extensions youíll find that you can search through them according to your computerís operating system. This is a great way to ensure that you are selecting the extensions that are best for your software. On the Open Office website is a drop down box, where you can check your operating system then click submit. It will return the extensions that are best suited for your computer.
Open Source software is much more than just getting a computer program for free. When you learn more about the programs, youíll soon realize that you are actually part of a community. The developers behind open source software have strong beliefs regarding how software is distributed, developed, and improved upon. And who could blame them. When a developer has a program and sees a need for improvement they typically cannot offer their suggestions, help, or expertise. However, this is not the case with Open Source software. These programs are excellent due to the fact that a myriad of developers bring their experience, skill, and creativity to the table.