OpenOffice.org 3.0 lands, imports Office 2007 docs

Some people are perfectly happy to shell out a hundred bucks or more for Microsoft Office 2007, and others don’t mind getting on the wrong side of the law by downloading OfFiCe2oo7FULL+KeYgEN(NO_VIRUSES).iso.rar off BitTorrent. For everybody else, there’s OpenOffice.org. As it happens, the OpenOffice.org Community has finally concluded months of beta testing and released version 3.0 of their office package. You can download it from the official site in Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X flavors.

If you’d like to see what you’re getting into before you download—and since heavy traffic has reduced the official site to a 1990s-style mirror page—you may find LinuxFormat’s preview interesting. As the British magazine mentions, OpenOffice.org 3.0 can import Office 2007 OOXML files with extensions like .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx. You’ll need to save them in another format, though, because OOXML write support hasn’t made it in yet.

Major interoperability additions aside, the OOo team has revamped the splash screen, made it so the Word-like Writer component can display multiple pages side-by-side, and updated the Calc spreadsheet tool to support 1024 columns instead of 256. Also, the Impress presentation app now lets you insert tables without having to sacrifice a goat and recite the LGPL license backwards. Don’t go in looking for any performance improvements, however: LinuxFormat’s tests suggest the new release is just as slow (if not a tad slower) than version 2.4.

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    • OneArmedScissor
    • 11 years ago

    You want speed? Wordpad ftw ooooooooh snip!

    • jpostel
    • 11 years ago

    I switched my home PC to OO a few years ago and only ran into a few issues related to formatting. I even upgraded to the 3.0 DEV build several weeks ago because I needed to open a docx file.

    As other people have mentioned, the formatting issues can also occur within MS itself. I have seen the issue when saving Word2003 and opening it on Word2000. MS simply adds widgets and changes defaults to use those widgets.

    At work, IT had to send out an email reminder to people that got Office2007 early for testing, that they had to save as the older format when attaching documents because many folks had not upgraded. So you can’t use ALL of the functions anyway, simply because there are too many versions in the wild.

    • opinionated
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve considered using OpenOffice, but have always been concerned about compatability with others who use Microsoft Office. If I send my son an OpenOffice word document and he opens it with Microsoft Word will it look the same, keeping all formatting? Same question for OpenOffice spreadsheet sent to Microsoft Excel?

    If the answers to these questions are “no” and “no”, then OpenOffice is of no use to me.

      • sdack
      • 11 years ago

      If you keep your fingers of the more fancy options then the answer is “yes” and “yes”.

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      There’s no guarantee as it stands with Word<–>Word either, due to fonts and metadata removal. Your only option for such a true wish is converting to PDF and transferring, which has been free and available for many yearsg{<.<}g

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    q[

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      On my hardware, NeoOffice was always slower than OpenOffice. That doesn’t change and the fact that it might be a little slower than 2.4 isn’t directly contradictory to anything I said.

    • Madman
    • 11 years ago

    OfFiCe2oo7FULL+KeYgEN(NO_VIRUSES).iso.rar ROFLMAO!!!!

    • jstern
    • 11 years ago

    I hate the .org in the name.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      Oo, stupid, stupid organizations! Being all… free and volunteer-based!

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        No, it’s the implicit “asm” that always follows them.

          • 5150
          • 11 years ago

          I’m ashamed at how long it took me to get that.

            • indeego
            • 11 years ago

            That’s what she saidg{<.<}g

            • 5150
            • 11 years ago

            Ask your mom.

    • not@home
    • 11 years ago

    l[

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      I can’t repeat this under win32. OO opens faster on machines I am testing on after first use (in cache.)

      MS Office opens faster on first use (not in cache, but preloadedg{<.<}g)

      • ImSpartacus
      • 11 years ago

      Hell, that’s not cheap enough for you? Tell me what your school email address is and I buy a copy through you. That price is killer.

      Office 07 is just so much easier to use than OO. After you learn the ribbon you won’t go back. I actually have trouble using Office 02 at school now .P

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      Do they openly offer Windows with that sort of discount anywhere? A college I went to would sell you one MS product per year for $20, and you could get XP, but ever since, all I’ve ever been able to find is an Office discount.

        • A_Pickle
        • 11 years ago

        Over at Microsoft Dreamspark, you can get Server 2008 for free as a student.

    • flip-mode
    • 11 years ago

    Downloaded yesterday. Can anyone confirm this potential glitch: adding or deleting rows in a Calc spreadsheet usually doesn’t update on the screen until I scroll the rows out of the view and then back in again.

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Can’t confirm. I am prompted to delete specific items, when I click OK they all are removedg{<.<}g

    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    At work we use OO right alongside Office XP. We’ve been able to open Word docs with OO that even MSOffice can’t openg{<.<}g A few setup bugs with this version. On several machines it didn't remove start menu-->open Office 2.4. A few instability seconds on the initial splash screen. Much faster and a cleaner interface. I really don't like the ribbon in Office 07 personally, I guess 13+ years of Office menus makes me a ludditeg{<.<}g

      • axeman
      • 11 years ago

      Not to mention, you throw Outlook 07 in there (no ribbon), and Vista’s explorer interface, and you get my number one gripe with current Microsoft design philosophy -> absolutely no design consistency. Both Mac and Linux desktop environments actually TRY to present the user with some sort of consistent UI experience. I would be way more excited about current MS technologies (there are some vast improvements under the hood, so to speak), but when using them is an irritating experience, well, I give them an F.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve been using OpenOffice for 3-4 years now. I’ve never been able to bring myself to spend the money on a copy of MS Office. Plus, I love being able to use the same office type programs in both Windows and Linux.

    It’s a fantastic program suite.

    • blastdoor
    • 11 years ago

    I downloaded the OO 3 last night for my Mac.

    It still cannot handle equations imported from Word, so once again I must skip OO and stick with MS Office. Too bad…

      • Master Kenobi
      • 11 years ago

      OO 3.0 isn’t bad, but still has a ways to go. My biggest gripe is with the Spreadsheet and Database apps. MS Office 2k3/2k7 tanks them both with relative ease. The Text / Presentation isn’t quite up to par either but it’s plenty for most people who aren’t trying to do some really weird stuff with them. Overall, I give it a B- as there are still some weird quirks like the lack of write capability in the OOXML filetypes. I really like the compression available in the OOXML over the old *.doc crap. Real shame OO 3.0 doesn’t fully support it yet.

      • adisor19
      • 11 years ago

      Also, it still manages to look like a** on the Mac :s

      Adi

        • axeman
        • 11 years ago

        You mean it still looks like hell even though it isn’t X11 dependent? For shame.

          • bthylafh
          • 11 years ago

          It looks much better now, but it’s not as beautiful as iWork or MS Office. It looks similar to NeoOffice, but with somewhat different icons.

    • Pax-UX
    • 11 years ago

    I love OO, it’s replaced MS Office as my word processor of choice. Since I use Windows, Linux & Mac it’s great to have a single Office suite to work with.

    • titan
    • 11 years ago

    I have to say that I have been impressed with OOo 3.0 myself. I have been using the beta for a bit, so I’ll need to get the final now. At this point, it is easier for me to get things done with OOo than with Office.

    Recently, I was trying to write a letter to the three credit bureaus, and I was having quite a time trying to get things to look right, and to stay on one page with Word. I didn’t have a lot to say in the letter. I got so frustrated that I reinstalled OOo and everything turned out exactly the way I meant it to.

    Now, if only OOo produce an alternative to MS Project.

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