There have been a few questions from our DISCUS users about the ability to use OpenOffice instead of MS Office and Adobe PDF. While not officially supported (yet), preliminary tests indicate that DISCUS can export to the Excel equivalent in OpenOffice as well as to their built-in PDF converter. For example, with OpenOffice installed, we were able to export a ballooned drawing to PDF and export to the built-in AS9102 template. The template was originally created in Excel ‘03.
Of course, one of the main advantages of using OpenOffice is that it is free and is supported by Oracle! At least for DISCUS, it is a worthy alternative to using MS Office. Also, another reason to potentially use OpenOffice is that there is a known issue in MS Office where images become lost when editing an ‘03 excel template with Office ‘07. The only workaround at the moment is to find someone who has Office 2003 or to download and install OpenOffice.
Check out OpenOffice at the following link – http://www.openoffice.org/.
Remember – we don’t officially support OpenOffice with DISCUS but you can go ahead and try it out. Let us know your experience with it.