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Alternative Office software - Installing Kingsoft WPS Office
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:15:26 pm »
The following was posted at http://myiceadventure.blogspot.com/2014/09/kingsoft-office-on-linux.html

LibreOffice has always had a special place in my heart. I have been using it since OpenOffice was at version 1 and I have seen the project advance in leaps and bounds over the years.



Since then they branched off and now I use LibreOffice. Now they have some competition. I have been using Kingsoft Office (WPS) on my phone and tablet for a a few months now. Time to test their Linux version and see how it compares with LibreOffice. Know that this is an alpha release, meaning that it has not yet reached the beta testing phase - meaning that it is still very much in development.

First, go to http://wps-community.org/download.html and download the .deb file (I did not install the fonts .deb file listed under the main install file, and WPS runs fine on my system).



To install, double click on the .deb file you just downloaded. Then click on the Install Package button, in the top right corner of the window. Installation was not difficult or complicated.

The interface looks similar to Microsoft Office, ie. The Ribbon. While LibreOffice still looks basically the same as Office 2003 (even after all this time). I will not break off into a discussion of whether the interface should have been left the way it was, the whole leave well enough alone vs update the interface to something more current as that is a very long story.

Well, looks like you can choose your interface, which I think is cool:



I decided to open a document created in LibreOffice, to see how WPS office would render it. Well, it was not pretty.



(this is after I set the paragraph spacing to single) Can I fault it for not being able to open a document created by a rival? No, after all this is an alpha release and just being able to create documents and export them to PDF is enough for a reasonable person.

The ribbon interface is pleasant and easy to use, I am not going to do an in depth test here as I don't have the time. But I am going to be using WPS Office regularly over the next few weeks I hope to have a follow up post or two mentioning my progress and any issues I have encountered.
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Re: Alternative Office software - Installing Kingsoft WPS Office
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2014, 03:49:42 pm »
Kingsoft doesn't do open documents .. it does however do a pretty good job with Microsoft .doc format .. as does LibreOffice.

so the answer is to use .doc format ;)

Personally I'd be happier supporting an open format, but you can rarely have everything :(



Kingsoft has ALWAYS moaned about missing fonts on first run for me .. and historically I've had to install them manually .. maybe that font.deb will make it easier now :)



Another nice tutorial 10i :)
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Re: Alternative Office software - Installing Kingsoft WPS Office
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2014, 03:58:55 pm »
Kingsoft doesn't do open documents .. it does however do a pretty good job with Microsoft .doc format .. as does LibreOffice.

so the answer is to use .doc format ;)

Personally I'd be happier supporting an open format, but you can rarely have everything :(



Kingsoft has ALWAYS moaned about missing fonts on first run for me .. and historically I've had to install them manually .. maybe that font.deb will make it easier now :)

I've gone as far as donating to LibreOffice, because I believe in what they are doing. At the moment I am testing WPS, but I highly doubt if I would switch away from LibreOffice at this point in time. It is nice to see what is available and how it compares to what I am currently using.
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Re: Alternative Office software - Installing Kingsoft WPS Office
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2014, 04:26:13 pm »
I have both installed .. LO for everyday stuff

and KO for when it'll do a better job of compatibility with Microsoft Office docs
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