Office? compare office... Just like Microsoft Office only cheaper!
That's the plug that software distributors are offering consumers of
CompareOffice. For only $49.95, CompareOffice offers users four
different programs that include Write, Spreadsheet, Present, Draw and
Infobase that are all very reminiscent of the Microsoft Office family of
products and best of all compatible with Microsoft Office.
A complete suite of office applications
at an affordable price
Quickly preview effects, transitions
and animations in PRESENT
Import video clips for multimedia
projects with impact!
DRAW is compatible with all popular
graphic file formats to save compatibility issues
Look more professional – create 2D and
3D images from text
Organise data more efficiently using
statistical / scientific functions, macros, pivot tables and charts
SPREADSHEET supports all MS Excel files
(even Excel 95 and older!)
Experience the power of PRESENT –
export presentations as Flash files (.swf)
Design stunning documents including,
envelopes, logos, letterheads, reports and letters with the power
and efficiency of CompareOffice
Easily share WRITE documents by
exporting to PDF format
The installation of
CompareOffice was a breeze and it simply auto installed when the CD was
detected by the computer and after a few minutes, we were ready to test
this giant slayer. The interface of CompareOffice was rather intuitive,
although not as professional looking at Microsoft Office and it did have
a shareware feel to it, not that this is a bad thing mind you.
Write is the equivalent
of Microsoft Word that allows the user similar functionality so you can
safely type those documents such as assignments, reports or even
stories. An interesting feature of Write is that you can export your
documents into the popular PDF format which is truly a godsend to the
world of word processing. In the same vein of Microsoft Word, Write also
allows you to export into web formats in order to translate your
documents into web.
Next on the agenda is
Spreadsheet that is similar to Microsoft Excel that allows you to track
all your data, tables and reports. You can also transform your
spreadsheets into 2D and 3D charts/graphs. As mentioned earlier, the
interface is intuitive and will take some time getting use to because
most advanced users are familiar with Microsoft Office.
What would an office
package be without a presentation program and "Present" is
CompareOffice's PowerPoint. Present was probably the closest of all
these programs that was extremely similar to PowerPoint that also
allowed you to import graphics, sounds, video and a plethora of other
files into your professional presentation and best of all, these
presentations were exported into flash files that are great for web
Draw is an illustration
program that is included with this package and allows you to create
print-ready artwork in either 2D or 3D that is a cut down version of
Illustrator but actually worked quite well.
Last but not least is
InfoBase, the database aspect of this software that allows the user to
create a variety of databases and even web databases. Best of all,
InfoBase supports dBase, ODBC and JDBC databases.
In conclusion, although
CompareOffice isn't as classy as Microsoft Office, it's really great
value for those on a budget and it actually performs all the main
features of the powerful office packages like Microsoft Office and
WordPerfect. Recommended to those on a budget or for those wanting a
cheap alternative to Microsoft Office.