OpenOffice heads for RC5, full release next week?

By   |  September 15, 2003

OpenOffice.org release candidate 5 is likely to be released early this week with a full release provisionally planned for next week according to Craig Adams of the OpenOffice.org marketing project.

When Tectonic reviewed OpenOffice.org RC3 a few weeks ago (Review) a full release version of the office suite was expected within days. Adams says, however, that a number of bugs were found, some of which were \”showstoppers\”, and the developers decided to pursue a fourth and now a fifth release candidate. \”It is nice to know that the process is working,\” says Adams. \”We can be pleased that we are catching the bugs before they are released fully to users.\”

Adams says the most recent problems to surface are issues around Asian font usage in particular Chinese, copyright information for the German language release, and some problems with printing the Symbol font. These issues, he says, will be addressed before the final release of OpenOffice.org 1.1.

Aside from bugs delaying the release of version 1.1, the delay has also allowed some of the native languages to catch up, says Adams.

OpenOffice.org 1.1 includes a host of new features as well as some improvements in the interface and start-up procedures. Most noticeable among these is the improved start-up time, one of the most common complaints from users.

Perhaps one of the most popular new features is the integrated PDF and Flash printers, allowing users to print documents directly to a PDF or Flash format. For more on the latest features read the review

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