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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  • 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.

  • Another upgrade to the new version of OpenOffice is its integration of extensions, or add-ons.

    It is now possible to search for updates to extensions from within OpenOffice, and the extension functionality is now presented as an integral part of the main suite. The objective in taking this approach, according to, is to keep the core suite as lightweight as possible, while making it easy for functionality to be added by those who need it.

  • The PDF export facility that has been integrated into the last few incremental releases of OpenOffice has now been upgraded. The tool now gives the user more control in choosing how they want the resulting PDF file to be presented — for example, opening on a specific page, or opening in thumbnail view.

Topic: Tech Industry

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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