Earlier in this thread, or maybe it was the "Important Documents" thread, I asked if we could possibly get this file ("Team Salaries", authored by scully) in a downloadable version, so we could view if offline on our own computers. Well, I just snapped and realized there IS
a way to do that using either one of two options - OpenOffice or LibreOffice.
In case you don't know, OpenOffice is a FREE
software suite which opens various file types from Microsoft Office, so that they can be updated, edited, viewed, or whatever - without
having to buy Microsoft Office. I've used it before, and it pretty much looks like whichever MS product you would have - the typing editor is similar to Word, the spreadsheet editor is similar to Excel, etc. I've already verified that it works with scully's doc, as I've downloaded the file (as an .xlsm file, which is the NEW
extension for Excel apparently) and opened it with OpenOffice just fine - all the data for each team is viewable. Now, I haven't verified that all of the formatting
comes over in the translation yet, but the few team pages I've seen so far look pretty consistent with what's available on Skydrive.
Also, OpenOffice will warn you that for security purposes, it will disable macros in certain files (it did this to me when I opened scully's file). It's a default setting in OpenOffice, put in for security purposes (so you won't catch viruses and stuff like that). However
, it also means that you may lose some of the "neat" functions which might work with the editor in Excel or Skydrive. But if you're really set on having macros enabled, you can change the setting in the software to do so. But quite frankly, I haven't seen any issues with the file so far, so I think it should be fine (again I stress though, I haven't gone through the whole
doc just yet, so there may be some things that pop up here or there).
But in the end, you can download scully's "Team Salaries" file, and update, edit, or view it on your own computer without having to be online.THIS
is the actual site you should download the suite from:http://www.openoffice.org/
If you do a search for OpenOffice, you might find other sites offering the download, but they might be scams, or "semi"-scams, as they offer the legit software, but also piggy-back their own adware/spyware or whatever to it. There is NO CHARGE
for this software, and you will NOT
be asked to install anything else other than the software itself - if you're being told to do so, use the "Task Manager" to END
the process, get OUT
of the installer, and DELETE
It's a good sized file (150MB, or somewhere around there), so depending on your connection speed, it may take awhile. But it's worth it as a free alternative to MS Office.
If you have any issues with it, let me know and I'll try and help you out as best I can. Honestly, I don't do much in Word or Excel anyway - I'm more of a "graphics guru" - got a Photoshop question? I'm your guy! Microsoft Office? Not so much.
The other option is called LibreOffice (download from here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/
). I haven't tried this one yet, but they say it's actually better
than OpenOffice. And from what I understand, many of the same developers who worked on OpenOffice, now work with LibreOffice, so it's getting more attention as of late.
Both of these programs have been recommended by Kim Komando, with LibreOffice getting the edge in preference (a good read is here
from her site). Kim is a very savy "Tech Goddess" with her own radio show - lot's of good computer and tech advice - I've never been steered wrong by her recommendations!
So there are a couple of options for you to use there - and they'll work for more than just scully's doc - pretty much ANYTHING Microsoft Office related, can be opened, viewed, edited, and saved back as a MS doc, so it's a nice alternative.
Sorry I got so wordy in this post fellas - just wanted to make sure you were informed!
Otherwise, have at it!