OpenOffice software attempts to give it's users an alternative to Microsoft Office Professional, based on the products included in the OpenOffice package.
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One of the greatest short comings in ooBase which is the equivalent of Microsoft Access, is that it isn't equivalent at all. It has no import capability and the one tutorial I could find suggested importing the data into the Calc and then using Cut and Paste to transfer the data from Calc to Base. Awkward to say the least. I can't say how many times I have seen people (especially accounting types) use Excel as a database, so this may make sense to them. However, if your data list has more that 65000 lines, Calc will cut off the data after that and you will have to come up with a work around to get the rest of the data into ooBase. Since I can't get my data into ooBase with any ease at all, then I haven't examined the rest of the software. It is free and for once, I'd say you are getting exactly what you paid for.