Having recently created quite a large document in OpenOffice, I must say I’m quite a fan. There are several features which I much prefer to their Microsoft equivalents. And if, occasionally, things seem not to be quite as intuitive as they might, I have to keep reminding myself that I’ve used Microsoft Word, on and off, for about 14 years, and that’s quite a legacy/mental rut to get out of.
If, by the way, you’ve tried it under Mac OS X and have been disappointed by the ugly fonts currently supported by the X server, you might want to try
this. Slow, on my elderly Mac, but much prettier. Make sure you turn off ‘Preview in font lists’ in the View options if selecting fonts is too time-consuming!