Did someone [other than you] once state that the X-LibreOffice can be
run even if you have installed a version of Lo on your Windows system,
while the PortableApps version cannot?
That is not true. What I said (and still is true) is that you can not run
LibreOffice Portable if your installed LibreOffice is running. You get a
message saying "Another instance of LibreOffice is already running. Please
close other instances of LibreOffice before launching LibreOffice Portable."
However you can run as many X-LibreOffice versions simultaneously and at the
same time as the installed version as you wish (or your machine handles...)
(I had forgotten about that limitation when I mentioned why I prefer
X-LibreOffice. Thank you for reminding me :) )
So, if I get what you are implying, you would recommend using the
X-LibreOffice on a flash drive to show users how well LO could work for
them, without having them install LO on their systems. Is there anything
else from the winPenPack that should be installed on that flash drive
[16 GB would be my choice] to make the use/process be "smoother" for the
If your demonstration uses features that require Java you might need to
investigate how to get a portable Java (just to be on the safe side in case
the PC used for demonstration does not have an installed version of
Java...). I know there is one from PortableApps and there should be an
equivalent from winPenPack. I don't use Java so I haven't investigated that
For me one of the greatest advantages of having a fully working version of
LibreOffice running from a flash drive is that you can take a presentation
in ODP with you AND the software that runs it. So there is no need to
convert to PowerPoint and there is no problem if the PC used for
presentation doesn't have an ODF compliant office suite or only has one that
(deliberately?) has problems in loading an ODP presentation.
Just load the Portable LibreOffice (either one) and load the presentation.
Also, can you install extra dictionaries and other .oxt extensions to
the X-LibreOffice flash drive setup? Some of the extension that are
"out there" might be useful for a potential user, plus my 797,865 word
spell checking en_US dictionary is something I tend to install by
default on any system that I install LO on.
Yes, of course. On both portable Offices. Any extension or theme (again,
check if Java is needed)
If the X-LibreOffice is a good option, I may add that to the NA-DVD
project as a second portable version choice.
I think you should. More choices is always good when you are distributing
something that can be used in ways that you can't even imagine...
I have been thinking about what I can do to
improve that project and the presentation [again] to local business
groups. So having more options and more documentation showing how well
LO works for the business and educational communities would help. The
option of trying out a faster portable version of LO would be one of the
helpers. Last time I tried the PortableApps.com version, it was very
slow on my dual core laptop.
Actually I just loaded version 4.1.3 of both portable offices from an
external USB 3.0 hard disk on a fast computer (Dual Core @3GHz) and there is
no noticeable difference. Maybe things have improved (or they are only
noticeable on slow computers...)
One of the greatest advantages of having a portable version of LibreOffice
is that you can suggest people to just try it without the need to install
anything. There is no risk. No mess. If they are not happy with it, they can
simply erase it and try another version in a few months
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