OpenOffice 3.0 release candidate 2 out today

By   |  September 22, 2008

The OpenOffice.org development team this morning uploaded copies of OOo 3.0 RC2 to the web. This latest release is the penultimate pre-release of the 3.0 version of the office suite ahead of plans to release the final version on September 30.

Release notes with a detailed list of changes since the last release can be found on the 3.0 RC2 page.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 has a number of major improvements over previous versions including:

– With Version 3.0, OpenOffice.org is now able to run on Mac OS X without the need for X11.
– OpenOffice.org 3.0 already supports the features of the upcoming version 1.2 of the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF).
– 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.).
– Multiple users can now collaborate and share spreadsheets.
– Calc, the spreadsheet application, now supports 1024 columns, a great improvement over the previous limit of 256 columns.

For a more detailed look at new features in the 3.0 release, have a look at what to expect from OpenOffice.org 3.0.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC2 can be downloaded from this download page.

Comments

4 Responses to “OpenOffice 3.0 release candidate 2 out today”

  1. B
    September 23rd, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

    How do I run this, once installed via ‘sudo dpkg -i *.deb’ in Ubuntu?

  2. Alastair
    September 24th, 2008 @ 6:27 am

    @B:
    Look in your /opt/openofficeorg3/program directory (or similar) and there should be a soffice file that you can use to launch the application.

  3. Tim
    October 3rd, 2008 @ 6:45 am

    Can open office open files created in Office 2000, or older?

  4. Alastair
    October 3rd, 2008 @ 7:11 am

    @Tim:
    OpenOffice.org can open (and save files) in many formats including those from Office 2000 onwards. Office 2007 .docx files are often a sticking point but as far as I am aware OpenOffice 3.0 (due out any day now) includes support for opening .docx files.

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