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Office Programs

When installing any of the programs below be careful to look to see what is also going to be installed.  If a custom install is available then use that.  Remember to scan for viruses before installing.


Firebired "Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL standard features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names, since 1981.
The Firebird Project is a commercially independent project of C and C++ programmers, technical advisors and supporters developing and enhancing a multi-platform relational database management system based on the source code released by Inprise Corp (now known as Borland Software Corp) on 25 July, 2000."
LibreOffice "LibreOffice is a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute. "
Open Office Another great alternative to MS Office that contains a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing program.
NeoOffice NeoOfiice is an open source office suite for Mac OS X.  NeoOffice is based on the source code of OpenOffice. It allows you to edit MS Office documents as if you were using Office itself.  Why pay a lot of money for an office suite when you do not have to. 
Scribus "Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout.

Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation."

 

Softmaker FreeOffice
"SoftMaker FreeOffice is a complete office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application, and a presentation-graphics program:"
SSuite Office – Advanced Edition

"“Between Microsoft Office and other programs that come preinstalled on most Windows machines, Microsoft tends to dominate the market when it comes to the programs that we use the most. That doesn't stop competitors from presenting alternatives, though. SSuite Office - Advanced Edition is a surprisingly comprehensive collection of programs, with not only office software but also games, an e-mail client, a graphics editor, and much more. The programs are somewhat clunky and dated-looking, but we suppose that if you're not too demanding, they could be a viable option.

SSuite Office opens with a small menu interface that gives you access to all of its programs; they're arranged in categories labeled Advance Office, Internet & Email, Utilities, Multi-Media, Graphics, ReadMe, and LAN Networking. We explored several of SSuite Office's offerings, starting with WordGraph, the suite's word processor. WordGraph presented the typical array of word-processing basics, but nothing particularly interesting. We did note that it didn't seem to be able to open Word documents, although it did successfully save files in this format. Other tools, such as EZMail, Intro Chess, EZPhoto Editor, and others, offered basic functionality but nothing particularly impressive. Each program comes with its own fairly comprehensive Help file, though the software is so basic that most people should be able to figure out how to use it without much assistance. Overall, we liked that SSuite Office - Advanced Edition offered so many tools, but it's hard to be excited about a program that duplicates the features of so many other programs.

SSuite Office - Advanced Edition installs and uninstalls without issues.”"

Thunderbird "Thunderbird is a free email application that's easy to set up and customize - and it's loaded with great features!"
Zimbra Desktop “Ever forget about an important message in your other e-mail accounts? Can’t find a message in the account right in front of you? Zimbra Desktop is the next-generation email application that makes e-mail easy again. Get e-mail, contacts, and calendar all in one application. Easily set up Zimbra, Yahoo. Mail Plus, AOL and Gmail email accounts with the Account Wizard. Any POP or IMAP email account can be added to Zimbra Desktop, there’s no limit to the size of your email storage, and Zimbra Desktop works online and offline"

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