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Anyone use LibreOffice much? Is it just me or is it shocking?

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    Anyone use LibreOffice much? Is it just me or is it shocking?

    The only 'Office' stuff I typically need to do on my own PC is write invoices or mock up a quick spreadsheet and I never bothered getting an Office license as Libre is fine.

    Yesterday I wanted to throw together a quick letter including photos and bits of text for a surveyor... good Lord is was torturous. Adding photos I could not properly control text flow, sometimes I literally couldn't get the cursor to go after the photo, It was like using Word back in the 90s and this was literally typing a line of text, pasting images from the clipboard.

    I can forgive Libre it's clunky interface but I thought the fundamental software was supposed to be pretty decent (the spreadsheet always seems nice). Again if I was editing a Word doc I might understand issues but this was a blank doc with no styles or anything. I bet Wordpad could've done a better job, or google docs!

    Was I unlucky or is it actually this terrible?
    Originally posted by MaryPoppins
    I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
    Originally posted by vetran
    Urine is quite nourishing

    #2
    PEBUAK?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Paralytic View Post
      PEBUAK?
      No idea what that means. Seems like silly acronyms might be best reserved for the non-professional sections of CUK?
      Originally posted by MaryPoppins
      I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
      Originally posted by vetran
      Urine is quite nourishing

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        #4
        Originally posted by d000hg View Post

        No idea what that means. Seems like silly acronyms might be best reserved for the non-professional sections of CUK?
        LibreOffice is a dog, but it can be made to work - it just needs a little bit more effort/time than the MS and Apple equivalents.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Paralytic View Post

          LibreOffice is a dog, but it can be made to work - it just needs a little bit more effort/time than the MS and Apple equivalents.
          I used it years back and have always quite liked it but this just seemed ridiculous not to be able to handle such a basic use case. I know it's a really hard thing to do well - Word sucked at it for years - but after this long I just figured it surely would do all the normal things without any issues. The amount of work that's gone into it must be incredible.

          I probably should just fork out for Office.
          Originally posted by MaryPoppins
          I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
          Originally posted by vetran
          Urine is quite nourishing

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            #6
            Originally posted by d000hg View Post
            I probably should just fork out for Office.
            MS Action Pack is £350 a year. You get 5 x licenses of O365 E3, and a bunch of server software and Windows licenses.
            Also £75 a month Azure credits.
            No brainer to my mind.
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              #7
              Originally posted by Lance View Post

              MS Action Pack is £350 a year. You get 5 x licenses of O365 E3, and a bunch of server software and Windows licenses.
              Also £75 a month Azure credits.
              No brainer to my mind.
              +1 for the Action Pack

              I've had it for a good decade, probably longer. You also get Office 2019 plus Project and Visio professional.
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                #8
                I’m on Linux so use it and agree it’s a clunky nightmare! I’ve had it corrupt files when working with office files directly, so always convert to their own format then export back if I’m mailing out. If I was on windows I’d probably pay for office tbh.

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                  #9
                  I have it installed as a backup but I don't think I have used it in at least over a year.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Lance View Post

                    MS Action Pack is £350 a year. You get 5 x licenses of O365 E3, and a bunch of server software and Windows licenses.
                    Also £75 a month Azure credits.
                    No brainer to my mind.
                    To mine too, £350 a year for Office is lunacy. I had MAPS about 10 years ago (£199 I think?) to get free Visual Studio and I still have the folder with dozens of discs in I never used for products I haven't even heard of in some cases!
                    These days VS is free and my current client will absolutely not allow their stuff on any machine that isn't theirs.

                    If I got back into developing on my own kit MAPS might make sense but unless I actually want to run my own business servers, I can't see it. A basic home 365 sub would do us... but I probably won't need it for another 3 months
                    Originally posted by MaryPoppins
                    I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
                    Originally posted by vetran
                    Urine is quite nourishing

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