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OnlyOffice opens the code: nice interface, worse compatibility


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OnlyOffice opens the code: nice interface, worse compatibility The Linux office is not just LibreOffice. Relatively interesting is also the OnlyOffice package, which recently released source codes. The software is user-friendly, but the impression spoils various unfinished functions. You may not have heard of the OnlyOffice office suite developed by Ascensio System. And there is no wonder. OnlyOffice focuses mainly on corporate clients that offer a product as Microsoft Office as free as LibreOffice. At least so boldly present the official site of the project. OnlyOffice offers classic desktop applications, mobile apps, and web editors. Only desktop applications are available freely and we will be the ones in this article. You do not need a subscription or any account. Just deskt..

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OnlyOffice opens the code: nice interface, worse compatibility

The Linux office is not just LibreOffice. Relatively interesting is also the OnlyOffice package, which recently released source codes. The software is user-friendly, but the impression spoils various unfinished functions.

You may not have heard of the OnlyOffice office suite developed by Ascensio System. And there is no wonder. OnlyOffice focuses mainly on corporate clients that offer a product as Microsoft Office as free as LibreOffice. At least so boldly present the official site of the project.

OnlyOffice offers classic desktop applications, mobile apps, and web editors. Only desktop applications are available freely and we will be the ones in this article. You do not need a subscription or any account. Just desktop applications have been newly released as open source, but otherwise they are available for a long time. They support Linux, Windows and MacOS.

Alternative office packages are often LibreOffice or OpenOffice, but this is not the case. OnlyOffice is software created from scratch. While of course it is possible that some pieces of free projects were used.

As far as Linux support is concerned, it is at a very good level. DEB and RPM packages are available for many distribution versions (including the older Ubuntu 12.04) and adders can also add repositories for updates. For other distributions, a universal installer is available. All this is only for 64-bit systems. The Windows XP and Vista support, which many other programs have already written off, is also very impressive.

First impressions

The first impression will be the fact that even though OnlyOffice manages to work with text files, spreadsheets and presentations, all this is served by one single application. This would not be as interesting in itself, but OnlyOffice open files rank in cards similar to a web browser. This means that you have only one window and many cards in it - you can also have documents, spreadsheets and presentations at the same time. Personally, I like it very much. However, there are also users with the opposite view, who will not be pleased that the official option to display documents in separate windows does not exist.

As for the speed of the program, I have no fundamental objections. You almost do not expect anything and the interface response is satisfactory, if not perfect. The speed of switching between cards is lightning-fast. This is related to the use of memory, where it is a bit worse. If you only have a text document editor open, OnlyOffice will take around 150 MB. However, if you use the modules for spreadsheets and presentations, you can get up to 500 MB altogether. In this respect, LibreOffice is much better off. When used similarly, the memory consumption is between 50-120 MB.

OnlyOffice although not speak many local languages, but at least it is available to control the local spelling, resulting in a narrower offer about thirty languages which is ok, I think. However, there is a lack of support for local data and currency formats, which limits serious use in the other, than english environment, for example in companies.

Function: for the majority of users

Is OnlyOffice really capable as Microsoft Office and free as LibreOffice? It is not. It has far as many functions as none of them. I would say roughly a quarter of the possibilities of this competition. At the same time, it is more capable than Google Docs. Ask yourself how many LibreOffice options you actually use. If you do not write a diploma thesis or something similar, OnlyOffice will probably give you everything you need.

As for the interface, we are somewhere in the middle. This time between Microsoft Office with Ribbon and LibreOffice. All the options are constantly in your eyes, and when you click, you get the option to choose exactly what you want. However, long and multi-level quotes are not available. It is seldom likely that a feature menu opens in a separate window. This is only the case where it is really needed - for example, with the graph insertion guide.

Together it is used very well. Setup and formatting is very fast, as there is no need to search for extensive offers. I have to say that the authors have done well to hit what users need and what is most unnecessary for most of them. In use, I found only one option that I missed more, namely the ability to select my own colours for individual graph elements.



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