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On 11/07/2013 07:29 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
2 possible ways to make it go faster
Toolos - Options - Memory
and just ramp everything up that looks vaguely relevant.  I tend to take
things up to at least 20Mb but perhaps even higher like 200Mb might be

Also which format are you using?  If native Ods then that should be a lot
faster and better than MS's formats and especially better than the one with
X on the end, such as .XlsX

Third is to use a dedicated spreadsheet tool for hefty jobs like that.
  Gnumeric knocks the spots off Excel and leaves it far behind in your
rear-view mirror.  Again it's best if using it's native Ods format that is
also native to LibreOffice.  However even if your file is in XlsX then
Gnumeric can still open it

It's not particularly unusual to have MS Office, LO (or AOO) and Gnumeric
all on the same machine, perhaps with Scribus or some other proper DTP in
addition.  Office Suites are meant to be a "jack of all trades" but not
necessarily master of any.  While Writer and Draw are more like DTPs than
Word they are still not dedicated to that sort of thing and getting a
proper tool such as Scribus or some LaTeX package takes it to the next
level.  Similarly with Gnumeric.  It doesn't have to worry about
side-issues so it can focus on purely spreadsheet functionality.

Non-OpenSource tries to make 1 monolithic program to do everything but in
OpenSource world we are more into the idea of having different specialist
programs co-operating with each other.  LibreOffice is quite unusual in
that regard because it combines several different sorts of things but that
usually works out superbly in LOs case.  However, there are times when it's
best to find the specialist tool instead
Regards from
Tom :)

Reminds me of the good old days of DOS, when Lotus had 1-2-3, Ashton-Tate had dBase, and WordPerfect had, well, WordPerfect. Three different programs that each dominated their respective fields. Rather than "office suites" we had integrated programs like MS Works, or Claris Works and Perfect Works. They were truly the one-program-does-everything-but-not-necessarily-well. "Serious" users avoided the "works" programs and used the dedicated, but narrowly tailored program.

Thanks, Tom, for the Gnumeric tip. I just tried it today, and like it. But, then, my spreadsheets are extremely simple affairs.

Speaking of DOS, rather than clamoring for a 64-bit programs running on multi-core processors, I would prefer to go back the fastest computer I ever used... a 286 machine with a 20 meg. hard drive running DOS, PC-Write and "As-Easy-As", a shareware 1-2-3 clone. Man, it blazed!


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