Reducing the Software Load

Another question that arises is the necessary amount of software to take on such a journey. Apart from the development tools (handled later on) one of the more annoying topics is the choice of an office suite.

Honestly I wouldn’t want to use one at all if that would be possible. Most of them do much more than I need for software development and marketing so I’d love to go just with the development tools. After all each installed program needs maintenance – and office suites tend to be very bandwidth hungry when it comes to updates.
But as long as I have to interact with the rest of the world for business purposes I don’t think I’d be happy with that for a long time. Currently I see three options:

  • Apples iWork
  • OpenOffice (brought to us by Oracle…)
  • Microsoft Office

If I would go only by functionality I’d take Keynote from iWork, the spreadsheet from OpenOffice and just skip the word processing part (e.g. use Scrivener for creative writing and Mail for communication). Unfortunately I’m afraid I won’t be able to convince the vendors to unbundle their packages and from past experience I won’t be able to convince my business partners to not send me *.doc files.

So I intend to start with only one office suite.

And the winner is:

iWork by Apple


Because I’m thinking about taking the iPad with me as a backup device and there is a slight advantage in synchronization when the office-suite is iWork.

[this entry inspired by @MichaelPreuss]


About Michael Mahlberg

Traveling the world, living life and building another software and consulting business - perhaps. Although I've been dubbed "serial entrepreneur", I'm still caring about the craft of software development & have been consulting on software development processes and architecture since the last millennium.
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