[volt-nuts] do you like Labview in your labs?

Charles P. Steinmetz charles_steinmetz at lavabit.com
Tue Dec 7 07:08:29 UTC 2010

Chuck wrote:

>Openoffice.org is free, and will open all of the older versions of word files.

Not so.  At least, my copy won't (see the last paragraph of my 
previous message, below).  Or rather, it will open at least some of 
them, but in unformatted text mode, not with their Word formatting -- 
much like opening them in a text editor.  Useless for old article 
manuscripts, for example, which have lots of formatting, paragraph 
and text styles, formulas with symbols, headers and footers, multiple 
sections, etc., etc.

Best regards,


>>True enough, I much prefer older versions of the Office apps. That was
>>true even before the hateful "ribbon" interface. BUT. The current
>>versions of the Office apps won't open old files anymore, so if you send
>>what you create to someone with the current version, you're SOL. I have
>>thousands of old Word files that I can't open, except in a text editor.
>>I have an old version of Word, but MS doesn't seem to allow one to have
>>both versions installed.
>>(If someone knows of a good solution to this, I'm all ears. And no, the
>>Open Office word mangler won't open them, either.)
>>Best regards,

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