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Portable OpenOffice.org (Writer)

it'll be nice if it was possible to download just "Writer" (or "Calc",...).

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Not really worth it...

Unlike, say, Microsoft Office that is several individual programs loosely related, OpenOffice.org is really a single program with multiple functions. Try installing a local copy of regular OO.o with just writer, for example. The total install size isn't really that different from a full OO.o install. So, it doesn't gain you anything.

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Application size

Have to say, the idea of the portable apps is a gold-mine for those of us teaching this sort of thing to new users and it would be a great idea if we could use the Open Office app for classes. Unfortunately, being poor old education sources, we don't get given massive, state-of-the-art devices to use... my own USB device is just 128Mb and so is not big enough to hold the app at all!

Now, far be it from me to suggest such things, but surely to goodness there are things that CAN be stripped from the app to make it smaller and much more portable? Things that spring to mind are the not-yet-great database app, the standard Impress templates, piles of clip-art and so on. There must be a way...

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Templates yes, Base no
Like I said, Base isn't a seperate app, OO.o is one BIG application. You get barely any space savings by leaving it out. Leaving out all the bullets, handful of clipart items, sounds, etc only saves a total of 4.7MB. Leaving out every single template and wizard across all applications will only save another 6.7MB. Even leaving out all of that, OO.o would still be 127MB, making it quite a bit bigger than 128MB when on disk (due to inefficiencies of FAT/FAT32). In short, OO.o simply isn't made to run from such a small device.

Remember, OO.o is a full office suite. Size-wise, it isn't bad compared to my Microsoft Office 2003 install (~330MB not including all the sharded DLLs it scatters around).

You can, of course, use Portable AbiWord just fine from such a device for word processing.

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