15.3 Productivity

When it comes to productivity, new users often look for a good office suite or a friendly word processor. While some desktop environments like KDE already provide an office suite, there is no default application. FreeBSD provides all that is needed, regardless of your desktop environment.

This section covers these applications:

Application Name Resources Needed Installation from Ports Major Dependencies
KOffice light heavy KDE
AbiWord light light Gtk+ or GNOME
The Gimp light heavy Gtk+
OpenOffice.org heavy huge GCC 3.1, JDK™ 1.3, Mozilla

15.3.1 KOffice

The KDE community has provided its desktop environment with an office suite which can be used outside KDE. It includes the four standard components that can be found in other office suites. KWord is the word processor, KSpread is the spreadsheet program, KPresenter manages slide presentations, and Kontour lets you draw graphical documents.

Before installing the latest KOffice, make sure you have an up-to-date version of KDE.

To install KOffice as a package, issue the following command:

# pkg_add -r koffice

If the package is not available, you can use the ports collection. For instance, to install KOffice for KDE3, do:

# cd /usr/ports/editors/koffice-kde3
# make install clean

15.3.2 AbiWord

AbiWord is a free word processing program similar in look and feel to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, and so forth. It is very fast, contains many features, and is very user-friendly.

AbiWord can import or export many file formats, including some proprietary ones like Microsoft .doc.

AbiWord is available as a package. You can install it by:

# pkg_add -r AbiWord-gnome

If the package is not available, it can be compiled from the ports collection. The ports collection should be more up to date. It can be done as follows:

# cd /usr/ports/editors/AbiWord
# make install clean

15.3.3 The GIMP

For image authoring or picture retouching, The GIMP is a very sophisticated image manipulation program. It can be used as a simple paint program or as a quality photo retouching suite. It supports a large number of plug-ins and features a scripting interface. The GIMP can read and write a wide range of file formats. It supports interfaces with scanners and tablets.

You can install the package by issuing this command:

# pkg_add -r gimp

If your FTP site does not have this package, you can use the ports collection. The graphics directory of the ports collection also contains The Gimp Manual. Here is how to get them installed:

# cd /usr/ports/graphics/gimp1
# make install clean
# cd /usr/ports/graphics/gimp-manual-pdf
# make install clean

Note: The graphics directory of the ports collection holds the development version of The GIMP in graphics/gimp-devel. HTML and PostScript® versions of The Gimp Manual are in graphics/gimp-manual-html and graphics/gimp-manual-ps.

15.3.4 OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org includes all of the mandatory applications in a complete office productivity suite: a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation manager, and a drawing program. Its user interface is very similar to other office suites, and it can import and export in various popular file formats. It is available in a number of different languages including interfaces, spell checkers, and dictionaries.

The word processor of OpenOffice.org uses a native XML file format for increased portability and flexibility. The spreadsheet program features a macro language and it can be interfaced with external databases. OpenOffice.org is already stable and runs natively on Windows®, Solaris™, Linux, FreeBSD, and Mac OS® X. More information about OpenOffice.org can be found on the OpenOffice web site. For FreeBSD specific information, and to directly download packages use the FreeBSD OpenOffice Porting Team's web site.

To install OpenOffice.org, do:

# pkg_add -r openoffice

Once the package is installed, you must run the setup program and choose a standard workstation installation. Run this command as the user who will use OpenOffice.org:

% openoffice-setup

If the OpenOffice.org packages are not available, you still have the option to compile the port. However, you must bear in mind that it requires a lot of disk space and a fairly long time to compile.

# cd /usr/ports/editors/openoffice
# make install clean

Once this is done, run the setup as the user who will use OpenOffice.org and choose a standard workstation installation by:

% cd /usr/ports/editors/openoffice
% make install-user

If you want to use a localized version, here are the available ports:

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