New Version of OpenOffice.org (Free Office Software) is Now Available
Edinburgh, UK (Gawkwire.com) The OpenOffice.org Community today announced the general availability of OpenOffice.org 3.1, a significant upgrade to the world's leading open-source office productivity suite. Since OpenOffice.org 3.0 was launched last October, over 60 million downloads have been recorded from the OpenOffice.org website alone. Released in more than 90 languages and available as a free download on all major computing platforms, OpenOffice.org 3.1 looks set to break these records.
The OpenOffice.org Community is listening to its users. Users of previous versions of OpenOffice.org were asked to vote for their 'most desired' new features, and this wish list helped shape the new release. The new release also includes a feedback mechanism where users can opt-in to supply feedback automatically to the developers about how they use OpenOffice.org.
The biggest single change (half a million lines of code!) and the most visible is the major revamp of OpenOffice.org on-screen graphics. Techies call it anti-aliasing - users just appreciate how much crisper graphics are on screen. The improved look extends to other subtle changes, such as: how images display when they are being dragged, how selections of text are highlighted, and even adding the ability to overline text.
New core features include:
Writer (word processing)
Improvements to comments: reply feature now supports 'conversations'
Further grammar checker integration
Outline levels within paragraphs for complex documentsCalc (spreadsheet)
Hot hints for formulae, with new and improved formulae available
More performance bottlenecks removed
The zoom slider added to the status bar
Rename sheets with a double-clickChart (graphics engine)
Flexible positioning of axes for scientific and educational users
Flexible handling of "missing" data pointsImpress (presentation)
Font size buttonsBase (database)
SQL syntax highlighting
Easier deployment of macro applicationsInternationalization and Localization
Improved support for bidirectional scripts
New locale support
Behind the scenes, OpenOffice.org also now has a more capable file locking mechanism, enabling users to share files safely in a multi-user, multi-platform environment.
"OpenOffice.org 3.1 demonstrates that we are listening to our users, and thanks to the long term commitment from our sponsors, we can invest the time and effort to make significant changes to the software," said John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead. "OpenOffice.org has all the features users want, it's easy to use and free. We urge everyone to download and try it today."