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    Good Open Source Alternative for Paid Software, that are Free.

    PC Software is expensive - here are 3 Free Alaternatives that I use and recommend

    No matter what you use your computer for, one of the most valuable programs on it will be an Office Suite. You can use it to write letters, catalogue your recipe collection, draw up a spreadsheet and even as an electronic diary. An the most popular off office suite is Microsoft Office. But even the least expensive version will cost you just under R1000 (Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student Edition – 1 User R949.95 on Kalahari.com) and the cheapest business version is R2400.00. Keep in mind, that the software licence will only allow you to load it on one PC, so if you have two PCs, you must buy two copies. Then you have the fact that you will need to upgrade every few years.

    Expensive, especially if you only use it every so often. But, there is a solution that is FREE (your favourite new word!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by solweb View Post
    The Full article is published here
    There's some issue with the URL you've posted I'm afraid.
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    I have been using Open Office for the past 5 years and do not need Micro$oft Office. Also look at Libre Office, some people recon it is better than Open Office but I have not tested it yet.

    I had to get MS Office for my accountant the other day because Pastel forces you to have MS Office otherwise you cannot use all Pastel's functions. Coincidentally Pastel agents also sell MS Office packages, so I wonder how legal it is to force users to use a certain package.
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    What is the relationship between MS Office and Pastel?

    That is very very naughty of Pastel.
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    It uses excell to open some reports. If you do not have excell it just cannot open it. When we first got pastel i spent lot of time on the phone with their support and they just said the only way was to install ms office. I tried everything but in the end had to buy office for that machine
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyD View Post
    There's some issue with the URL you've posted I'm afraid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pietpetoors View Post
    I have been using Open Office for the past 5 years and do not need Micro$oft Office. Also look at Libre Office, some people recon it is better than Open Office but I have not tested it yet.

    I had to get MS Office for my accountant the other day because Pastel forces you to have MS Office otherwise you cannot use all Pastel's functions. Coincidentally Pastel agents also sell MS Office packages, so I wonder how legal it is to force users to use a certain package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pietpetoors View Post
    I had to get MS Office for my accountant the other day because Pastel forces you to have MS Office otherwise you cannot use all Pastel's functions.
    Interesting point.

    With Quickbooks you have the option of exporting to a csv file. The downside of going that route rather than straight to a spreadsheet is you lose the format controls and the smart function imports, but it does give scope for a workaround.

    The big dependancy on MS Office to my mind is by default Quickbooks only connects to Outlook when it comes to emailing, but again there are workarounds. By now there may even be a free or cheap plug-in, come to think of it.

    Wen itcomes to the blame game, I'm not entirely sure we can point it solely at the accounting package developers. There have been efforts to standardise important protocols across office suite applications. You'll never* guess who has been proving to be the tricky player...

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