7 things you didn’t know you could do with OpenOffice 3

Recently, PC Mag ran an article titled OpenOffice.org: 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do. I’ve always been a big fan of Open Office and have found it a nice alternative to shelling out the major bucks for the Office suite from Microsoft.

Here’s the run down of the list.

  1. Edit two or more parts of a document at the same time.
  2. Use OpenOffice.org to open legacy documents.
  3. Play a vintage Space Invaders game.
  4. Turn off the blinking light bulb.
  5. Save files in Office formats by default.
  6. Automate actions easily.
  7. Fix those single quotes.

Looking through the list, #1 seems like a good one, #2 is very useful when digging through old files, #3 wait…what the f*ck?!?

Why is #3 there? Why is that released code? I know that some developers think it is cute to hide easter eggs in their code. I’m not one of them. I believe that code should be lightening fast and this extra crap just annoys the crap out of me. You’re taking up hard drive space and resources. Oh sure, everyone has several terabytes of data on their PCs…not true jackass!

OpenOffice needs to be a serious tool and start leading the word processing, excel, presentation fight. Apple is making a good stab at the Microsoft juggernaut. But the OpenOffice developers need to cut out the crap, optimize the hell out of their code and start kicking ass and taking names!

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