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 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.

  • In the Calc spreadsheet application, a new 'Solver' tool has been added that can help users deal with complex equations.

    In the picture above, the tool is shown running on the native Mac OS X version of

  • As with much of the new version of OpenOffice, the chart function — used across several of the applications within the suite — has been given a visual revamp.

    Icons across the suite have been overhauled to give them a fresher look.

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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