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MIS Systems Thread, SIMS .net does not fully support Open Office in Technical; I've looked into the MS viewer issue and there is a problem which we hope to resolve. We thought the ...
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    Re: SIMS .net does not fully support Open Office

    I've looked into the MS viewer issue and there is a problem which we hope to resolve. We thought the viewer worked but found out afterwards that it was relying on other Office components that were on our machines.

    We know we can't reslove it by December but are hopeful that a solution will be available early 2007.

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    Re: SIMS .net does not fully support Open Office

    Thankyou Phil you're a star.

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    Re: SIMS .net does not fully support Open Office

    Got a disturbing email from our sims support team today:

    You will need Office 2003 in order to run Assessment Manager 7 which will be in the next release. Assessment Manager 6 will be switched off in a few months so you must upgrade your version of Microsoft Office to 2003.

    SIMS say that their links to Office are now OML-based (Outline Markup Language). Products like Open Office can apparently cope with OML but the Microsoft versions prior to Office 2003 cannot. So if you have Office XP or Office 2000 or Office 97 you must upgrade as soon as possible to Office 2003.

    However, SIMS have also said that you only require Office 2003 if you intend to print, so you could just install it on one machine. It's probably best to upgrade as many machines as you can afford to.

    2) Microsoft Office on your Server. Which of the following statements applies to you?

    A) You currently have Office 2003 on your server which is great, because it means I can run Assessment Manager over the remote link when you ask for my help.
    B) You currently have Office on your server, but it's not Office 2003. This means I might not be able to help you with Assessment Manager after the upgrade, especially the design of individual reports.
    C) You do not have Office installed on your server at all. This means I can't help you with Assessment Manager and I can't run any reports on your system.
    I tried installing the office viewers but get the error: "Unable to set up the Office path" when trying to export from Assessment Manager - newest version

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    Re: SIMS .net does not fully support Open Office

    Please see my response earlier in this thread. We are aware that the viewer doesn't function properly. We hope to have a fix early in 2007.

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    Re: SIMS .net does not fully support Open Office

    Right Phil. Thanks for that then.

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    Re: SIMS .net does not fully support Open Office

    We were upgrade to AM 7 yesterday and I do like a number of the changes ... I have some concerns about the XML formatting of exported spreadsheets (hence the need for Office 2003) as it creates a certain amount of work for me (and I am a lazy git ... and hate things that create more work).

    Packages in SIMS are starting to come together but I am worried about Office 2007 now. I hope to be testing it in anger soon with a few teachers and it means that I may have to stop so they can still do reports etc ....

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    Sorry to re-open such an early thread, but does SIMS.Net assessment manager now support graph functions in openoffice? I have machines which still have the needing microsoft office issue, but this may be that an upgrade will fix this.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

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    No we haven't done the additional work that would be required to make Open Office deal with graphs. The free MS viewer will.

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    Okay thanks for the info, I will investigate the viewer option then.

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    When exporting from assessment manager it tries to open in the excel 2003 viewer but says that it cannot open files of this type.

    I have the word xml and the excel viewer installed in the default location and the office compatibility pack for 2007.

    As i understand it i want to be loading this file into the word viewer if it is xml? but the output is automated to the excel viewer.

    any suggestions here?
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