free save formats -- list

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muhammed
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Hi guys,

Could you please post examples of free formats? A name and a link to a website should be enough. The goal is to populate these documentation pages with info about free formats:

Spreadsheet
Accounting
Presentation
Timekeeping
Point of sale
Project management
Customer relationship management
statistics
mind map

Legimet
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mprodrigues
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I don't know about all these formats, but here http://libreprojects.net there are a lot of projects that should use them so maybe you can find about

Legimet
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Of course, those are the default formats used by LibreOffice. (I can't edit my post)

andrew
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> Accounting

The .gnucash file format is free but I don't think it is standardised.
http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/GnuCash_XML_format

Andrew.

t3g
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I try to use JSON as much as I can for client and server side data exchange and storage, but I use it for web projects only at this point.

Magic Banana

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The format used by a free application necessarily is free. Anybody can study how it is implemented given the access to the source code. As a consequence, your questions become "what are the formats used by the free applications for...".

That said, and as andrew points out, your question may be about "free standards" (with some kind of quality stamp). For instance the mm file format (based on XML) of FreeMind and derivatives (the most famous mind mappers) is free but I doubt it is a standard.

Legimet
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An exception is when the free application reverse engineered the format, like how LibreOffice supports MS Office formats. Those are definitely not free formats.

Magic Banana

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Well, the format LibreOffice understands from MS Office files is free. It is slightly different from the way MS Office itself understands it though.

muhammed
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Thanks MB and Legimet. I added your ideas to this page, under "free implementation of a proprietary specification"

https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/specification-freedom

I hope that I understood correctly -- please let me know if I got it wrong

And MB, you're right; I'll focus on free formats where there is some kind of consensus or quality stamp

lembas
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You still need to put the page in a category, so it can be found without knowing the URL before hand.

It's a bit weird how to get it there... hit edit on the page and select a "book". If you wish to select a subcategory (which is strongly suggested to not pollute the highest level), you need to select the parent cat and then hit that change book button. Then a new drop down appears to select a parent item. See I warned you it would be crazy! :)

You might want to repeat this song and dance for all the wiki pages you've done as needed.

muhammed
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I think that someone tried to explain that to me before, and I didn't really understand. I understand now! Thanks for explaining

eean
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Regarding documentation about free formats, I think this link would be helpfull :

http://www.linfo.org/free_file_format.html