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Corel Home Office

by Corel
Windows Vista / XP


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  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: USB Flash Drive
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  92 reviews
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent alternative to MS Office... For Netbooks. 27 Aug. 2009
By Raven A. Wind - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a little taken aback by the packaging of this product. It comes in a box like any other software package, but inside the box was a small instruction brochure, and another package which contained the program on a USB flash memory stick. No discs. At first, I didn't get it, and then I realized they mention netbooks a lot all over the (too large) package, and realized this was a marketing decision to get their product "in" with the netbook crowd; No need for an optical drive with the USB stick.

And it works as advertised. Plug in the USB stick, and you get the typical Windows "what do you want me to do?" prompt. Use Autorun and it installs Corel Home Office in no time at all. While I'd prefer a disc, I can live with this media, too.

Unfortunately, the "for netbooks" philosophy didn't stop there. One installed, running the program within Windows 7 on a regular 15" notebook computer was a disappointing experience. The program works well enough, and seems to handle MS Office files with no real problems; However, it has the annoying habit of opening in it's own non-Windows styled window, and anchoring itself to the upper left corner of the screen. This small window remains the same size, and will not allow resize, reshape, or any dimensional changes. Selecting "Full Screen" just makes everything in the window fill that window. It's as if they decided to completely disable the ability to run this well on anything with a screen resolution higher than 1024x768. I couldn't drag the window using standard Windows interface functions. It even lacks a proper window frame, and has no buttons for minimize, maximize, and close window in the upper right corner, like EVERY WINDOWS PROGRAM EVER.

What were they thinking?

I can't see using this on anything other than a netbook, unless you like your office documents to be anchored to the top left corner and want to get used to a completely new interface. It's a shame, too, because I like the actual program; It looks good and works well with documents. It's just a pain in the neck to use because of the lack of comprehensive view/layout controls for the windows themselves. Any self-respecting office suite should at least allow me to put the window in the middle of my screen so I'm not looking up in the corner of my large monitor.

I get that they're aiming for netbooks more than standard desktops/laptops, but why can't they do both? Why does the interface have to be so... Limited?

If you have a netbook, I imagine this is awesome, and I'm hanging on to my copy to put on the netbook I will inevitably be getting somewhere down the line... But as an MS Office replacement, this falls woefully short on anything bigger than a netbook. Call me confused, but I don't see the logic in ONLY supporting 1024x768 screen resolution, and I'm a bit miffed that the box says "optimized for netbooks & compact PCs" but fails to say anything about how "optimized" really means "only meant for" and mentions nothing about how you're completely unable to resize or move windows, even if you DO have more screen real estate to use than on a netbook.

Get it for your netbook and you'll probably love it. Do not bother trying to replace MS Office with this on a full-sized computer, though. It's not meant for that, and pretty much fails to be user-friendly.

I do wonder if all this is just an issue with Windows 7, which I'm running. If so, consider the rating to be one star higher. However, considering that Windows 7 is due to be the de facto OS on PCs two months from now, I don't think it's a good sign that this sort of thing could happen with a new product.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product! 18 Sept. 2009
By Mike Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, even though this is a Corel product - this is NOT Wordperfect! It opens .wpd files, but documents can't be SAVED as .wpd files. They use a completely different default format (which can be changed with a single click) that the company probably doesn't expect anyone to use anyway. This is about OFFICE and OFFICE compatibility. It opens, saves and manipulates MS Office documents any way you want. It even offers a choice of Office 2003 or Office 2007 toolbars! And they look just like - yep - Office. The 'Calculate' program opens ( and saves as) Excel files, the 'Show' program opens (and saves as) Powerpoint files. At this price - this is a great Office compatibility suite. Very slick and professional.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Corel Home Office 23 Oct. 2009
By James Wesson - Published on Amazon.com
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Be aware: Corel Home Office is NOT compatible with your Word Perfect files and will not read them. Although low in price, I feel I wasted $39.95 in getting it. Comes on a USB reader which you could re-use, I suppose. That would reduce your cost by 6 - $9. Not worth the purchase. Buy Corel Word Perfect for a real program.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Netbook users, in a Word, "Perfect"! 27 Aug. 2009
By MickeyJoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the 901 eee PC Linux system, which I changed to the Windows XP system. With only 20GB of space, it's fairly limited with program capabilities. There is also no CD drive, and it really is merely a cool and fun internet access machine.

I never expected that I would be able to use anything but the XP WordPad for any type of document creating, receiving or editing. Then comes along Corel Home Office. And... wow!

First off, there is no disc, as the software comes on a reusable USB drive. Put the drive in your USB port, wait a couple minutes for your system to do it's thing, and you are soon entering the quick installation process.

There are three programs to choose from, with several options. Corel "Write" for word processing, "Calculate" for spreadsheets and "Show" for presentations. You can choose to install all or one, whatever you wish. I don't have any use for "Show", but installed it anyway to test. There are also optional templates and graphic enhancements for all programs. I installed every component and add-on, mainly just to see if I could. By the time it was installed, I instantly checked for online updates. When everything was done, the entire size of the program only takes about 180MB of space. You can edit and remove anything easily to free up space, but it's not a lot.

There is no lag, and does not slow down system resources. It's starts and closes quickly, and is very fast. If you have an eee PC or other netbook type system, you know how annoying some programs can be with slowness. There is none here. I have it networked with my printer and everything looks great when printed. Granted a netbook, with it's smaller keyboard etc. makes it a bit more cumbersome to create flyers or write a novel, but, you can now do it.

Of course there is also appeal to the standard laptop or desktop. Taking less space on any system is appealing. Plus the speed and ease of the programs are great. Compatibility with all office suites is a plus as you can open anything from Microsoft office like Excel, Word, even PowerPoint, PDF, XML, you name it. It's easy to navigate and work on several projects or pages at once with tabbed options, and the flexibility to add, move or hide options that you prefer. It all makes a less cluttered work space.

Corel Home Office has made my primarily novelty netbook a fully functional, productive, portable, and convenient professional appealing machine. And at the retail price, this is a no brainer investment. It was not long ago when the empty USB drive alone would cost more. And if you are in the eee PC cult, like me, get this yesterday!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to bloated MS Office 1 Sept. 2009
By Ms. T - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're like me and are getting tired of the high price of MS Office and the fact that each new version gets slower and more and more bloated, then Corel Home Office is definitely worth checking out - it came on a USB flash drive, so it's easy to install on netbooks and installed in about 10mins or less (last time I installed Office 2007 it took almost an hour, which I thought was beyond ridiculous!). The interface for the 3 programs is nice and clean and uncluttered but still fairly intuitive, which again, each new version of MS Office seems to get more and more cluttered and less intuitive. It doesn't come with an email client much like Office Home & Student but does have a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software - basically everything a home user (or light business user) would need. (If you need a good email client, I recomment the Windows Live Mail which Microsoft offers as a free download off the internet). The startup times for each of the programs is nearly instantaneous and everything is very responsive and peppy compared to todays newer office programs - again, this is primarily so it can run on netbooks, but if you are an impatient person like me and get tired of software that is sluggish even on a newer dual-core 64bit processor with 3gb of memory, then Corel Home Office fits the bill really well. It has no problem opening MS Office spreadsheets, documents, and presentations but I have had a few instances where the formatting displayed slightly off - but for me, the performance gain more than outweighs any minor annoyances and so I will continue to use it exlusively - even though I do own MS Office and had used it previously.
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