New features in OpenOffice 2.4

New features in OpenOffice 2.4

Summary: The latest version of the free office-productivity suite boasts several enhancements to make it more competitive with rivals, like Microsoft Office.

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  • Although it is widely used, Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is not a recognised ISO standard. Therefore, OpenOffice 2.4 has made it possible to export a document to the ISO-approved alternative, PDF/A. The benefit of this is primarily in archiving documents for future use, as there are several versions of PDF, as well as several options for it. 

    In PDF/A, also known as ISO 19005-1, fonts have to be embedded, and audio, video and JavaScript are not allowed.

  • The Writer application in OpenOffice 2.4 now has a new control in the status bar to show what language is being used at the current cursor position or selection — a function necessary for spellchecking purposes.

    The control also allows the language to be changed for the entire document or selected text, without having to delve into the main menus.

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