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OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta goes live

By   |  July 15, 2008

The OpenOffice.org development team has released the second beta of the forthcoming OpenOffice.org 3.0 office suite. The latest beta includes a number of new features that will make the wait for 3.0 worth it. The final version of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is expected to be released in September.

But, until then install a beta copy to test out some of the new features. Among these are:

Mac OS X Support

With Version 3.0, OpenOffice.org is now able to run on Mac OS X without the need for X11. For the first time OpenOffice.org behaves like any other Aqua application. OpenOffice.org is expected to integrate well with the Mac OS X accessibility APIs, and offer better accessibility support than many other Mac OS X applications.

ODF 1.2 Support

OpenOffice.org 3.0 already supports the features of the upcoming version 1.2 of the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF). ODF 1.2 includes a powerful formula language as well as a sophisticated metadata model based on the W3C standards RDF and OWL. ODF is being mandated and adopted in a growing number of countries. In addition; ODF is being implemented by many vendors for many different applications.

Microsoft Office 2007 Import Filters

As well as read and write support for the Microsoft Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.), OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now also capable of opening files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.).

Improved crop features

In the past cropping images in OpenOffice.org was not very intuitive. With OpenOffice.org 3.0, cropping images now works exactly like in most of the other desktop applications, i.e. by dragging handles located at the edges and corners of an image. This new feature improves the usability and productivity significantly.

Spreadsheet collaboration

This new feature in OpenOffice.org 3.0 allows collaborating on spreadsheets with multiple users. By sharing a spreadsheet other users can easily add their data to the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet owner can then easily integrate the new data with a few clicks. The new collaboration feature also helps avoid editing conflicts.

1024 Columns

A major improvement in Calc in OpenOffice.org 3.0 is the new support for 1024 columns. OpenOffice.org 3.0 could previously only handle 256 columns and so can now handle a lot more data.

Display of multiple pages

When you are writing larger documents it is often nice to see the current page in a context. With the new zoom slider in OpenOffice.org 3.0 it is now easily possible to change the zoom factor. More importantly, OpenOffice.org Writer can now display multiple pages at the same time. This features is particularly handy on large monitors or dual-monitor setups.

Improved notes feature in Writer

In the past notes in OpenOffice.org were just displayed as small yellow rectangles within the text. This was not very intuitive and user friendly. With version 3.0, OpenOffice.org got an advanced notes features which displays notes on the side of the document. This makes notes a lot easier to read. In addition, notes from different users are displayed in different colours together with the editing date and time.

Native tables in Impress

Impress now comes with native support for inserting tables into presentations. It was possible to use tables in the past, but only as an embedded Calc object. Beginning with 3.0, tables are embedded natively into presentations and can be edited directly with Impress.

Enhanced XML support and updated XSLT-based filters

OpenOffice.org now supports footnotes, field values and headings greater than six when exporting to XHTML. Due to a change of the default extension to .html, Internet Explorer will as well be able to load the exported XHTML documents. In the future, it will also be possible to update XSLT filters via an extension to be independent from release cycles.

OpenOffice.org extension repository

OpenOffice.org 3.0 has also adopted a new extension approach to providing additional features that are not as widely demanded as others. The OpenOffice.org Extension Repository is home to many additional features that can be used to enhance OOo 3.0. Some of these include a Mozilla calendar and email extension, the import PDF extension we mentioned yesterday and a Wiki extension.

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4 Responses to “OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta goes live”

  1. Silezja.eu » Blog Archive » Druga beta OpenOffice.org 3.0
    July 17th, 2008 @ 11:42 am

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    July 21st, 2008 @ 10:01 am

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  3. Mogamat
    September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

    So where is the OUTLOOK killer they promised when they started the 3.0 branch?
    IMHO Outlook is one of the last remaining barriers for many companies to adopting open source technology.

  4. Tectonic » OpenOffice.org 3.0 now out
    October 10th, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

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