Corel Home Office Suite
Corel touts this office suite's light footprint as rendering it particularly suitable for netbooks
- Cheaper than Office 2007, not a memory hog
- Not as feature-rich as Office 2007
Despite not quite living up to the tailored-for-netbooks hype, Corel Home Office Suite is a worthy and more affordable alternative to Office 2007 for those who need only the basics.
Price$ 99.00 (AUD)
Corel's lightweight Corel Home Office Suite includes the Corel Write word processor, Corel Calculate spreadsheet, and Corel Show presentation creator. It's a definite improvement on the company's previous suites in terms of usability.
The first thing that jumps out at you about Corel Home Office Suite is how much it's borrowed from the design of Microsoft Office 2007. Déjà vu features include the Office button (Quick Access button in Corel-speak) and the ribbon, which Corel calls the Tabbed Toolbar.
Corel Home Office Suite even improves on the ribbon concept with cascading sub-toolbars/ribbons. Copying Office 2007's look is a good thing in my book, though the real secret to Office 2007's success is its grouping of tools and options, which is far more logical than its predecessors and competition.
Corel Home Office Suite doesn't manage quite as well in that regard — we especially missed Office 2007's floating formatting toolbar — but it's darn close and very easy to use.
There's no way to discuss every feature in a suite. However, while Corel Home Office Suite isn't as feature-rich (or bloated, depending on your point of view and requirements) as Office 2007, it still offers enough features to create great-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
We spent most of my time in Write; although as a writer who works with editors we missed revisions mode, we found the formatting and other features more than adequate. Our time in Calculate and Show proved equally satisfying.
Corel touts the Home Office Suite's light footprint as rendering it particularly suitable for netbooks, so we installed the suite the company provided on our Acer Aspire One to see just how much tailoring had occurred.
We didn't notice a performance gain over Office 2007, and the boot time for Write was actually a tad slower that for Word 2007. As some netbooks ship with only 512MB of RAM, memory hungry apps can be a problem. Happily, memory usage for the three Corel apps was, on the whole quite light, and noticeably less than what we observed from their Office 2007 counterparts. Note: Memory usage can vary wildly from launch to closing. Our reporting is based on what we observed after launch, then opening a small document, minimising and restoring the program window.
Another netbook performance issue is the breed's (especially early models) slower hard drives and SSDs. Fortunately, Corel Home Office Suite seemed to go easy on the disk access and we noticed no undue pauses or delays while code or data was read or written.
We noticed only one minor bug in the Home Office suite: when maximized, all three apps prevent the mouse cursor from activating the Windows Start Menu/Taskbar when it is hidden using the 'Auto-hide the taskbar option'. You can still press Ctrl+Esc to access the Start Menu/Taskbar.
Corel states 1024x768 pixels as the required resolution for the suite. That said, all three Corel Home Office Suite applications worked just fine within our Aspire One's 1024 by 600 resolution screen — especially after minimising the Tabbed Toolbar.
Corel Home Office Suite also lived up to its claim of compatibility with Office 2007 and imported all the .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx files we threw at it, although it required downloading the Microsoft Office 2007 compatibility pack first.
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