StarOffice 5.2: How good?
HTML editor or any text editor like vi!
Star Office 5.2 comes in with an Image creator, viewer/editor, quite
similar to Microsoft Photo Editor, but much superior to MS Photo Editor
since it comes with filters for images, which even MS-Office Photo Editor
does not support. Files with the extensions of JPG, GIF and PNG can be
edited in this application. This is a fairly good photo editor. There are
only a few filters available for use and the basic functions like resize,
flip, gamma correction, brightness/contrast etc. This is no PhotoShop but
it does support quite a few file formats and allows you to save among the
To create a Label in StarOffice 5.2, click on the start button, then on
Labels. After you have done this, a window appears where you can choose
your options for the label, add the text to it, and then start printing
them. The same procedure goes for creating Business cards too. The result
for both is quite good and one can take a print of the business cards
directly on an A4 card sheet on a good, high quality printer. We have an
Epson Stylus 670 here. The results on this printer were quite acceptable
with accurate color reproduction.
The specs of the test machine for StarOffice 5.2 were, Intel Celeron 500
MHz, 64 Mb SDRAM with a 20 GB Seagate Ultra ATA hard drive, Matrox
Millennium G200 AGP 8 MB, running Mandrake 7.1. The performance on this
machine was quite bad. StarOffice takes a huge amount of time to load and
simply guzzles RAM once it starts up. More memory would help but why
should we need 128MB for Word Processing. This seems to be largely a
problem with StarOffice for Linux. StarOffice takes about 12 sec's to load
in the Windows Environment, while under Linux, it takes more than 25
seconds to load. It also seems to perform better and feels less of a hog
StarOffice definitely is a very good office suit, but work needs to be
done to make it less of a resource hog. Good points with StarOffice 5.2
would be good support for Office 2000 file formats. Bad points would be
the unified desktop that we really could do without. Eventually it will
all depend on the user. This is definitely worth a try. You certainly
can't argue with the price -- Free!