Monday, October 13, 2008

OOo 3.0 Officially Released

Not like the last release, this time, Florian Effenberger took the lead announcing the availability of OOo 3.0. Here they are:
The Community is today announcing the general
availability of Version 3. Right from the opening screen, 3 has a fresh new look, with a new start screen, new
splash screen, new icons, and a host of usability improvements.

The Writer word processor has a cool new slider control for zooming,
allows multi-page display while editing, has powerful new multilingual
support, and boasts improved notes capabilities. As well as conventional
office documents, Writer can now edit wiki documents for the web.

The Calc spreadsheet has been given another increase in capacity - now
up to 1024 columns per sheet. It also has a powerful new equation
solver, and a great new collaboration feature for multiple users.

Draw can now cope with poster-size graphics (up to 3sq metres), and
Impress supports multiple monitors for presentations. Chart now produces
much more clean looking graphics by default, and has a range of
additional features requested by power users.

The popular built-in PDF export facility has been further enhanced with
PDF/A support and a range of new user-selectable options. 3 is now also available for the first time as a full Mac
OS X application, bringing the power of the world's leading open-source
office suite to a whole new group of users. And it's even easier than
ever to persuade MS-Office users to upgrade to, with new
support for MS-Access 2007 'accdb' files, improved support for VBA
macros, and a new ability to read MS-Office Open XML files (Microsoft
Office 2007 and Office 2008 documents)'s support for extensions is really coming of age with 3. A rapidly expanding number of additional features are
available from different developers to add great features such as an
Impress presenter console, support for business analytics, PDF import,
and a whole new way of supporting additional languages.

Tell your friends that 2008 is 'The Year of 3'; - the year we released 3; the year we make available on all 3
major computing platforms (MS-Windows, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS X); and the
year to realise the 3 key benefits of it's great
software; it's easy to use; and it's free.


Official Press Release:
Guide to new features:
Technical release notes:
Availability of localised versions and ports:

The Community