I have been using Open Office applications for at least 3 years and am most impressed with Open Office 2. This is a full featured office application suite with many potential uses for independent filmmakers. You do not need to buy any software and the same suite can be installed on all of your crew's computers. It will open any Microsoft Office document and can save files in PDF format.
Writer can read all your old Microsoft Word documents and save your work in Microsoft Word format for sending to people who are still locked into Microsoft products.
All the individual programs are installed in one single installation of the suite.
| Writer |
A full featured word processor. [Replaces MS Word]
| Calc |
A powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyse, and present your data numerically or graphically. [Replaces MS Excel]
| Impress |
A way to create effective multimedia presentations. You can export your presentation as a Flash file which will allow you to post it on the web.
[Replaces MS PowerPoint]
| Draw |
Lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
| Base |
Lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. This could be used to keep track of props, actors, budgets, locations, or any other detailed information required for production. [Replaces MS Access]
Lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.