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jonathan smith
Hi,
I am a young artist who needs word to do invoices and general use for business uses, can you tell me please:
1. is your downloadable free software legal, because you have to buy Microsoft Office?
2. Is it simple to download as I am not technologically minded at all.
Many thanks for your time,
Jon
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Re: Open Office Questions

Doug-3
Jon,

I don't represent Apache OpenOffice in any official way but I can tell you
this: OpenOffice and Microsoft Word are two entirely different program
suites. Microsoft Office is a commercial suite that you have to buy but the
OpenOffice suite is completely free.  The bulk of my experience is with the
word processor elements in each suite.  I have found there is nothing in
Microsoft Word that I cannot duplicate in OpenOffice.  I have no real
experience with the other elements of these suites so there may be something
in the accounting or data base side that you specifically need from
Microsoft.  Given that OpenOffice is completely free you should at least try
it out before you make up your mind.  Good luck.

http://www.openoffice.org/download/


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Hi,
I am a young artist who needs word to do invoices and general use for
business uses, can you tell me please:
1. is your downloadable free software legal, because you have to buy
Microsoft Office?
2. Is it simple to download as I am not technologically minded at all.
Many thanks for your time,
Jon


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Re: open office questions

Maurice Howe-2
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Jon, Apache Open Office is totally free.  It does everything that Microsoft
does, except bleed your cash reserves.  It would be ideal for your needs.
I, and 1000's like me, use it all the time and love it.  Google "apache
open office" for full info.

Maurice Howe



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On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 1:04 PM jonathan smith
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am a young artist who needs word to do invoices and general use for
> business uses, can you tell me please:
> 1. is your downloadable free software legal, because you have to buy
> Microsoft Office?
> 2. Is it simple to download as I am not technologically minded at all.
> Many thanks for your time,
> Jon
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Re: open office questions

Alan Boba-2
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Hi Jon,
I'm responding to offer some thoughts about your invoicing requirements. If
you've thought it through, you're all set. If not, you might want to
consider some of the following.
Will you need to track status of invoices?
 - paid / unpaid
 - partial paid and balance due
Report on invoices?
 - total invoices mailed this month
 - total of invoices paid this month
What will the volume be like?
 - a few a month or many each week?
 - how do you envision producing them? e.g. fill in spaces on a document
and print the document or fill in a form on the screen, taxes and totals
automatically calculated and then invoice printed.

OpenOffice can certainly all of it Depending on the amount of automation
you desire making it happen will be simple or require more than basic
skill. If you only need to fill out a paper invoice with no automation,
that would be a basic form in Writer. If you want automation OpenOffice can
meet the need but the system needs to be built. If you want automation and
aren't up to building it, consider an invoicing program. I searched "open
source invoice software" and got the following links which may help you
decide.
https://opensource.com/article/18/10/open-source-invoicing-tools
http://opensourcebilling.org/
https://www.bambooinvoice.net/

I hope the above is useful.



On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 1:04 PM jonathan smith
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am a young artist who needs word to do invoices and general use for
> business uses, can you tell me please:
> 1. is your downloadable free software legal, because you have to buy
> Microsoft Office?
> 2. Is it simple to download as I am not technologically minded at all.
> Many thanks for your time,
> Jon



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