LABS GALLERY: Web-Based OpenGoo Office Productivity Suite Is Worth Watching

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LABS GALLERY: Web-Based OpenGoo Office Productivity Suite Is Worth Watching

by Jason Brooks

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Installing OpenGoo

OpenGoo installation involves dropping the project's code into the Web folder of your LAMP server, visiting a configuration page and walking through basic setup steps.

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Getting Started

OpenGoo presented me with a dashboard that laid out further steps for configuring my application instance.

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Dashboard

Once I'd been using OpenGoo for a while, I could return to the dashboard for an overview of the documents, events, messages and other items in my workspaces.

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Document Editing

I found it fairly easy to create new documents in OpenGoo.

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Font Issues

I did, however, experience some issues keeping my document fonts consistent—OpenGoo had a way of reverting to Arial in some cases.

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Document Management

OpenGoo wouldn't let me edit .doc or .odt documents—HTML is the suite's format of choice. Regardless of the document format, however, I could upload, download, check out and manage versioning on my word processor files.

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E-mail

The OpenGoo e-mail component is decent—nothing I would leave Gmail or Outlook for, but potentially useful for specific project-related mail accounts.

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Administration

OpenGoo organizes its management functions under an easily navigable administration tab.

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Backup

I installed an optional module to create backups of the files and databases that made up my installation.

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Calendar

The OpenGoo calendar works well enough online, but it's rather light on mobile device and calendar server syncing options. A simple iCal import is as far as this component goes.

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Contacts

OpenGoo offers a solid contact management feature.

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Contact Import

I imported a bunch of contacts into OpenGoo from a CSV file and used the system's field matching interface to get my data lined up correctly.

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Notes

OpenGoo sports a notes feature, which I used here to jot down the various open-source components that make up the suite.

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Reports

The system's reporting module makes it easy to pull up views of the data stored within OpenGoo.

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Tasks

I didn't get too fancy with OpenGoo's tasks feature, but this component can be used to manage projects across teams of workers.

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