good replacement for open office

Frank Jahnke jahnke at
Thu Oct 4 19:10:02 PDT 2007

On Fri, 2007-10-05 at 01:20 +0000, Aryeh Friedman wrote:

> >
> > 1) Collaboration (complex).

> Read/write .doc, pdf and rtf mainly
> > 2) Document creation.
> WYSIWYG editing for the above including embedded graphics and equations
> I also want to keep the learn curve as small as possible (I know
> enough troff to be dangerous)

My suggestion would be to buy Textmaker/Planmaker -- it is well worth it
-- but if you are really heavily into math, learn TeX or troff for
document input.  TeX (and its various packagings) is the better of the
two to learn, since most journals take TeX input files but not troff.
(I still consider the eqn preprocessor for troff as the most brilliant
user-level software program ever written.)  Most publishers do take
pdfs, but they complain.

Oh, and if you want to read pdf files and do any editing, you need Adobe
Acrobat (Windows and OS X).  There is nothing in the open-source world
that comes anywhere close.  I run it in a VM and on Windows boxes.

Writing to pdf files from many input formats is handled well with
ghostscript, which is used by many open-source programs.

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