/>
X

Join or Sign In

Register for your free ZDNet membership or if you are already a member, sign in using your preferred method below.

Use your email Use Linkedin Use Facebook

Photos: Fresh features in OpenOffice 2.4

OpenOffice 2.4, which was released on Thursday, comes with an assortment of collaboratively engineered bug fixes and small, but significant, usability enhancements.

|
david-meyer.jpg
|
photos-fresh-features-in-openoffice-241.jpg
1 of 5 David Meyer/ZDNet

This picture, shows a new "persistent" icon list that allows users to store all their custom icons in one, easy-to-find place.

photos-fresh-features-in-openoffice-242.jpg
2 of 5 David Meyer/ZDNet

Many users had been asking for the capability to reverse the direction of the axes within a graph -- a feature now included in OpenOffice's chart function.

photos-fresh-features-in-openoffice-243.jpg
3 of 5 David Meyer/ZDNet

As it is has now become possible to display value and percentage value at the same time within a chart's data labels, it has also became necessary to allow those different values to be shown on separate lines within the label.

photos-fresh-features-in-openoffice-244.jpg
4 of 5 David Meyer/ZDNet

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.

photos-fresh-features-in-openoffice-245.jpg
5 of 5 David Meyer/ZDNet

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.

Related Galleries

Linux turns 30: The biggest events in its history so far
05-debian.jpg

Related Galleries

Linux turns 30: The biggest events in its history so far

Linux gaming made easy: The fastest way to get up and running
cover.png

Related Galleries

Linux gaming made easy: The fastest way to get up and running

Linux that fits anywhere: 15 very small footprint distros
small-footprint-linux.jpg

Related Galleries

Linux that fits anywhere: 15 very small footprint distros

10 super sweet laptops that come with Linux pre-installed
dell-xps-13.jpg

Related Galleries

10 super sweet laptops that come with Linux pre-installed

WordPress 5.0 is out. Here's a tour of the new features!
01-wordpress-5.jpg

Related Galleries

WordPress 5.0 is out. Here's a tour of the new features!

Create your own free Adobe Creative Cloud with free and open source software
cover.jpg

Related Galleries

Create your own free Adobe Creative Cloud with free and open source software

Photos: Cold War ZX Spectrum clones spawned behind the Iron Curtain
2jet.jpg

Related Galleries

Photos: Cold War ZX Spectrum clones spawned behind the Iron Curtain