Status: fully resolved

    Allow ODS format uploads

    Issue Number:
    170
    Severity:
    Minor
    Description:
    Enable Open Document format in the uploads section of projects.
    .ods

    Also allow OpenOffice formations.

    Comments:

    Will's picture
    Will
    February 4, 2008 - 9:04am
    An idea whose time has come, I say, as more and more people(like me) are using Open Office instead of that Microsoft piece of @#$!@ to do their word processing, spreadsheet and database work.

    "You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


    —Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

    Corvus's picture
    Corvus
    February 4, 2008 - 9:06am
    Man, am I the only one who does things in plain text anymore?
    If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. -- Carl Sagan

    w00t's picture
    w00t
    February 4, 2008 - 11:02am
    Corvus wrote:
    Man, am I the only one who does things in plain text anymore?


    hehe Corvus.
    between you and Shadow Shack (who uses Paint) your bringing back Windows 3.11!

    Wink

    Will's picture
    Will
    February 8, 2008 - 7:57pm
    All hil Windows 3.x.

    "You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


    —Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

    Rum Rogue's picture
    Rum Rogue
    February 8, 2008 - 8:17pm
    Bring back DOS!!!  We dont need no stinkin Windows.
    Time flies when your having rum.

    Im a government employee, I dont goof-off. I constructively abuse my time.

    jaguar451's picture
    jaguar451
    February 8, 2008 - 9:22pm
    DOS? GEOS for C64!

    ;-)

    Will's picture
    Will
    February 9, 2008 - 8:23am
    UNIX anyone?

    "You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


    —Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

    CleanCutRogue's picture
    CleanCutRogue
    February 20, 2008 - 5:44pm
    Am I unique that I like Windows? :-P

    You know... you can always zip the file and upload it that way.  In fact, I'd prefer ya did that so I don't have to buy more storage space for all these uploads.  :-) 
    3. We wear sungoggles during the day. Not because the sun affects our vision, but when you're cool like us the sun shines all the time.

    -top 11 reasons to be a Yazirian, ShadowShack


    w00t's picture
    w00t
    February 20, 2008 - 8:05pm
    That would be an extra step for the uploader and the downloader.
    Doable...

    I'm not sure how compressed you can get and ODS file.

    -w00t
    zip the lip!

    Will's picture
    Will
    February 23, 2008 - 11:40am
    I'm sure it would be no more or less than a standard MS Office file.

    Or, if you enjoy big files as much as I do, not a great deal.

    "You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


    —Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

    CleanCutRogue's picture
    CleanCutRogue
    March 2, 2008 - 5:46pm
    Can an ODS document be viewed in Word or any other way?  I really don't see the point in sharing documents with people who can't view them...
    3. We wear sungoggles during the day. Not because the sun affects our vision, but when you're cool like us the sun shines all the time.

    -top 11 reasons to be a Yazirian, ShadowShack


    TerlObar's picture
    TerlObar
    March 2, 2008 - 11:55pm
    CleanCutRogue wrote:
    Can an ODS document be viewed in Word or any other way? I really don't see the point in sharing documents with people who can't view them...

    MSOfice doesn't read/write ODS docuements natively, although Sun does have a plug-in you can download for MSOffice to read OpenOffice files (ODS file format).  Of course you could always install OpenOffice (it's free) on Windows.  Being a Linux user myself, I use OpenOffice normally myself. 
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    Anonymous's picture
    Corjay (not verified)
    March 3, 2008 - 2:18am
    OpenOffice can also read and manipulate Word documents. Problem is, I've never been able to get Word to read a .doc file that has been manipulated by OpenOffice. I don't even like how undeveloped it is. It's like it's just barely in the beta stage, if that far.

    At any rate, I can't really formulate an appropriate reason not to allow the format. It's just one file type, and it is fairly popular, so I really don't see the harm.

    CleanCutRogue's picture
    CleanCutRogue
    March 3, 2008 - 9:17pm
    alright... done
    3. We wear sungoggles during the day. Not because the sun affects our vision, but when you're cool like us the sun shines all the time.

    -top 11 reasons to be a Yazirian, ShadowShack


    Anonymous's picture
    Corjay (not verified)
    March 3, 2008 - 9:25pm
    By the way, I don't know what an "OpenOffice formation" is.

    CleanCutRogue's picture
    CleanCutRogue
    March 3, 2008 - 9:31pm
    haha me neither.  I don't use Open Office, though I'm generally a fan of open source projects.  I use an open-source browser, email client, development tools, and even PDF printer.  But I've learned to tame Word pretty well and am no longer so frustrated with it that I need an open source equivalent.  Most other migrations to open-source products has been out of frustration with an existing product.
    3. We wear sungoggles during the day. Not because the sun affects our vision, but when you're cool like us the sun shines all the time.

    -top 11 reasons to be a Yazirian, ShadowShack


    Anonymous's picture
    Corjay (not verified)
    March 3, 2008 - 10:07pm
    OpenOffice was born strictly out of the frustration with the corporation (Microsoft), not the product (MS Office), in the same way Lenux was. MS Office, like Explorer, has become a symbol of Microsoft's attempt at creating a monopoly and forcing out competitors, so that they can set the bar of prices and control development in their favor.

    TerlObar's picture
    TerlObar
    March 4, 2008 - 9:52am
    I'd agree with that assesment.  I'd be more than happy to use MSOffice although I don't like the new Office 2007 interface.  They just don't have a Linux version (my primary OS) and it's a pain to switch back and forth between OS's.  I do it because I have to have clean MSOffice documents to pass up the chain of command to the project at NASA and becuase the Univeristy I teach a night class at uses it.  But for my own personal use OpenOffice works just fine.  The only place I really perfer MSOffice to OpenOffice is PowerPoint, it is just more usable for the way I do my presentations than OpenOffice Impress.  Otherwise, my level of use of the products is so basic that the differences are irrelevant.
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    CleanCutRogue's picture
    CleanCutRogue
    March 4, 2008 - 6:31pm
    Well... ODS is now permitted.  So everyone run out there and load the site up with content I can't view now.  :-)
    3. We wear sungoggles during the day. Not because the sun affects our vision, but when you're cool like us the sun shines all the time.

    -top 11 reasons to be a Yazirian, ShadowShack


    Anonymous's picture
    Corjay (not verified)
    March 4, 2008 - 10:21pm
    To those of you unable to use MS Office because of your platform (Linux, Unix, etc.), look into Samba.

    TerlObar's picture
    TerlObar
    March 4, 2008 - 10:32pm
    Samba is a protocol for file sharing. It doesn't allow you to run Windows programs on Linux, just access Widows disks from a Linux box.

    There is software that allows you to run Windows programs on Linux (wine being a good example) but they tend to lag, i.e. the newest Windows programs (or versions of programs) don't run. For example the last time I really used it (about 2 years ago) it was MSOffice 2000 that was fully supported although MSOffice 2003 had been out for a while.

    Now I just run VMWare Server (it's free) and have a Windows virtual machine running on my Linux desktop. Its good for everything but graphics intensive games.
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    Anonymous's picture
    Corjay (not verified)
    March 4, 2008 - 11:13pm
    Thanks for the clarification

    The newest versions of Microsoft products purposefully don't work with those products. Microsoft has now been fined over 2 billion dollars US by the European Union for not allowing Microsoft products to be ported through Samba and other programs between March 2004 and March 2008 (the monopolistic practices I mentioned earlier).

    TerlObar's picture
    TerlObar
    March 5, 2008 - 1:18pm
    Here are a couple of links to MS office plugins that allow MSOffice to read ODS format documents.  I've never used the first but the second, from SUN (the main developer bethind Star/Open Office) seems to work fine with my version of MSOffice (2003)  Enjoy.

    http://odf-converter.sourceforge.net/

    http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/index.jsp
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    Founding Editor - The Frontier Explorer Magazine
    Managing Editor - The Star Frontiersman Magazine

    Will's picture
    Will
    March 10, 2008 - 10:01am
    Thanks Bill, for adding Open Office support.

    "You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."


    —Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

    ArtMic's picture
    ArtMic
    March 30, 2010 - 8:30pm
    Yeah since I discovered open office I've stopped using microcraps stuff. I've had less crashes and hang up then before when using office or works.

     I also use a program named Celtx and scribus from time to time. Celtx is a screen writting program. 

    www.celtx.com

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