OpenOffice 3 enhancements: A first look

OpenOffice 3 enhancements: A first look

Summary: As 3.0 becomes available for download, takes a look at some of the enhancements to the free office-productivity suite

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  • The third major release of the office productivity suite made its appearance on Monday — meeting with such apparent demand that the servers promptly crashed. At the time of writing on the following day, the organisation still has only a cut-down homepage, listing mirror sites from which the suite can be downloaded.

    One major reason for the significance of OpenOffice 3 is the fact that it can run natively on the Mac — previously, it needed to be run within a windowed X11 session. But the suite has had many other enhancements, one of which is the welcome screen shown in this screenshot.

  • OpenOffice 3 is the first version of the suite with some compatibility with the Office Open XML (OOXML) document format that is created in the latest version of Microsoft Office, a paid-for alternative to OpenOffice. These documents are identifiable by their extension having an added 'x', as with the .docx format shown above.

    While OpenOffice 3 can read OOXML documents, however, it cannot create or save to them.

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  • Definte improvement

    I tried this out at work today on a rather decrepit machine. General appearance looks smarter, and loading times seem to be significantly better.
  • Download OK Now

    Good overview, David, it gives a clear look both at the new and improved features, and the programs in general.

    The download situation seems to have stabilized now. They have not gone back to their original web page, going to <a href=""></a> still takes you directly to a very simple download page, but at least it works, connects and responds consistently, and downloads at a reasonable speed. I would also point out that near the top of that download page there is a "BitTorrent" download link. Those who have a BitTorrent client (for example, most Linux users) would probably still be better off to download that way than via the http link.

    jw 15/10/2008