Apache OpenOffice Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Apache OpenOffice

Multilingual open-source office suite

4.44/5 (317 reviews)

Apache OpenOffice overview

What is Apache OpenOffice?

Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office suite that helps public administrations, educational institutes, non-profit organizations, and other business segments create spreadsheets, presentations, and graphics, among other files. The writer module offers customizable document templates, which allow team members to create letters, agendas, meeting minutes, and faxes with table of contents, index, references, and notes.

Apache OpenOffice's Calc tool enables employees to use natural language formulas, what-if scenarios, sum buttons, content rotation, and custom backgrounds to create spreadsheets according to individual preferences. The base functionality lets users create tables, queries, forms, and reports to track assets, customers, sales orders, and invoices. Teams can create multimedia presentations using animation effects, 2D clip arts, 3D images, and diagramming tools.

Apache OpenOffice comes with an API, which allows organizations to program the system in different programming languages, including C++, Java, and Python. It also lets staff members export documents in multiple file formats, such as .pdf, .odt, .doc, and HTML.

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Supported languages

English
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Apache OpenOffice reviews

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Sharon Bieganski-Negron

Does everything Excel does

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-08
Review Source: Capterra

I use this daily in my business by creating spreadsheets and other forms like timesheets, invoices, purchase orders...

Pros
It's free. I use it to replace Microsoft Excel and I have not run into anything yet that I can't do. However I only use it for time sheets, invoices, purchase orders and estimates with auto calculations.

Cons
Sometimes it can be hard to find out how to do something I want, but with a little perseverance I can usually find the answer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Barry Boucher

OpenOffice Calc - The Best Features of Excel - Without the Cost!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-11
Review Source: Capterra

Using OpenOffice Calc has been a very good experience overall. Though the interface is a bit different than Microsoft Excel, it is easy to learn, and the price is right.

Pros
File type compatibility, cost (free), advanced features comparable to Excel, ability to save files to Microsoft native formats such as PPT and PPTX.

Cons
Lack of templates compared to Excel, and the interface is bit less "polished" than what you would fine in Microsoft Excel; lack of export cross-support from accounting software

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Harmony Bevier

Apache OpenOffice review

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-16
Review Source: Capterra

As long as you have a computer that you’re not gonna be switching from Apache open office is pretty decent it’s a real basic computer program where if you just have basic Written documents That is typed out and printed you’re just fine. Is a great starter program for those who do not know how to use Microsoft office business or Microsoft suite.

Pros
The thing I like most about the Apache open office software was that it was really easy to use and was similar to Microsoft office in a lot of ways. The toolbars were self explanatory and it took a few minutes to get familiar with the program in order to use it.

Cons
However what I like least about it is that Tom’s programming is not exactly compatible so if you have to switch computers and Microsoft office is previously installed as a starter program that comes with the computer it does something funky to the files And there’s a certain way that Hass to be saved in order for it to come up on the other program

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Heidi Hanson

Most Recent Version Crashes Constantly Leading to Lost Work

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-19
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience, until it seemingly somehow led to my computer now being unable to start, has actually been great. I've been using OpenOffice for many years and never really had a problem until the last few months, as the crashing has been increasing to be more and more frequent. I really like the user interface and features overall. It's been a wonderful program until just recently.

Pros
I've been using Open Office Writer and Calc for years. I like the features and user interface. Some features are better than features found in Microsoft Word. For example, you can add multiple columns to a table at once; this is not in Word and it's very convenient and helpful feature when working on a table, and I find changing the text from all caps to no caps etc. easier for some reason in Writer although they are almost identical. Almost everything that is in Word is in Writer. Besides the options of the search function, I have never felt like there was a feature that is in Word that I needed and didn't have in Writer. In Writer, the one issue is that Search feature is very difficult to learn to use. If you want to do anything slightly complicated, you have to go learn specifically how to enter it and that can take some time digging online. I have never figured out how to replace two paragraph marks with one, as an example. I do like Microsoft Excel better than Calc because I find it a lot easier to figure out how to write functions using the prompts in Excel than in Calc; I find trying to do more complex functions in Calc extremely frustrating and infuriating.

Cons
This latest version has been crashing a lot. In the last few weeks, I've lost a lot of work. When it crashes, you can lose up to 15 minutes of writing, depending on when it last auto-saved. This has been painful as I've had to re-write some important documents that I had already gotten mostly written. What happened just now is I included a word - a science word - that was not in the dictionary. I right clicked on the word and added it to the dictionary so it would not be underlined as a spelling error. The program hung. I panicked as I had just written a lot so I clicked save. The program froze - and I lost 3 documents. But this time, I could not shut OpenOffice down. Not even by going into Task Manager and clicking End Task would it shut down. I waited probably 45 minutes and then shut down the computer so that it would terminate OpenOffice. Now my laptop won't boot up and goes to a black screen. Now, maybe my laptop has an issue. This could be the case. But, I resent the fact that, whatever issue my laptop may have had, OpenOffice interfaced with it in such a way that now I don't have access to my computer anymore. Now I have to go buy a usb drive and put Windows 10 Installation on it and then troubleshoot my PC. OK, so I don't know if this was OpenOffice's fault - but, it was the only unusual thing that happened before my laptop died. Also, the fact remains that the program has been crashing CONSTANTLY, on both my pcs, for the smallest things. That is very concerning.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Ed Pearlman

Does everything and for free

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-23
Review Source: Capterra

I depend on it daily for writing and spreadsheets and am not disappointed! Cannot beat the free price.

Pros
It does everything -- i mainly use word processing and spreadsheets -- without getting wrapped up in Microsoft's intrusive and expensive software. I can open and save as Word, can open CVS, etc. Easy and effective

Cons
What's not to like, except they leave phone apps to private developers and i do wish i could search and replace tabs and other formatting symbols, but nobody's asked this since Microsoft Works in the 1990s!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Apache OpenOffice pricing

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Apache OpenOffice is open-source and is available for free.

Apache OpenOffice features

API
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Document Management
File Management
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration

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Activity Dashboard (190 other apps)
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Automatic Notifications (188 other apps)
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Customizable Branding (169 other apps)
Document Storage (221 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (176 other apps)
Permission Management (196 other apps)
Projections (150 other apps)
Search Functionality (262 other apps)
Workflow Management (147 other apps)

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Additional information for Apache OpenOffice

Key features of Apache OpenOffice

  • Database Creation
  • Document Creation
  • Office Suite
  • Presentation Tools
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