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Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel J. Barrett

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soffice — stdin  stdout  - file  -- opt  --help  --version

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soffice [files]

OpenOffice.org[10] is a comprehensive, integrated office software suite that can edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Simply run:

$ soffice

and you’re ready to work. The same program edits all three types of files.[11] It is a large program that requires plenty of memory and disk space.

OpenOffice.org can also handle drawings (oodraw command), databases (oobase), and mathematical formulas (oomath). OpenOffice.org has more information, or you can use the soffice Help menu.

Some distros supply a different package, LibreOffice, a spin-off of OpenOffice.org with the same commands. See http://www.libreoffice.org/ for details.

[10] The “.org” is part of the software package’s name.

[11] Under the hood, soffice comprises the separate programs Writer (oowriter command) for word processing, Calc (oocalc) for spreadsheets, and Impress (ooimpress) for presentations, which you can run directly if desired.

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