The New Version of OpenOffice.org, the World's Leading Free Office Software, is Now Available for Download

The OpenOffice.org 3.1 free office software released today contains a raft of new features voted for by users, including much improved on-screen graphics and improvements to all its components. The software is available as a free download via the OpenOffice.org website.

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OpenOffice.org 3.1 demonstrates that we are listening to our users, and thanks to the long term commitment from our sponsors, we can invest the time and effort to make significant changes to the software

Edinburgh, UK (PRWEB) May 7, 2009

The OpenOffice.org Community today announced the general availability of OpenOffice.org 3.1, a significant upgrade to the world's leading open-source office productivity suite. Since OpenOffice.org 3.0 was launched last October, over 60 million downloads have been recorded from the OpenOffice.org website alone. Released in more than 90 languages and available as a free download on all major computing platforms, OpenOffice.org 3.1 looks set to break these records.

The OpenOffice.org Community is listening to its users. Users of previous versions of OpenOffice.org were asked to vote for their 'most desired' new features, and this wish list helped shape the new release. The new release also includes a feedback mechanism where users can opt-in to supply feedback automatically to the developers about how they use OpenOffice.org.

The biggest single change (half a million lines of code!) and the most visible is the major revamp of OpenOffice.org on-screen graphics. Techies call it anti-aliasing - users just appreciate how much crisper graphics are on screen. The improved look extends to other subtle changes, such as: how images display when they are being dragged, how selections of text are highlighted, and even adding the ability to overline text.

New core features include:

Writer (word processing)

  • Improvements to comments: reply feature now supports 'conversations'
  • Further grammar checker integration
  • Outline levels within paragraphs for complex documents
Calc (spreadsheet)
  • Hot hints for formulae, with new and improved formulae available
  • Improved sorting
  • More performance bottlenecks removed
  • The zoom slider added to the status bar
  • Rename sheets with a double-click
Chart (graphics engine)
  • Flexible positioning of axes for scientific and educational users
  • Flexible handling of "missing" data points
Impress (presentation)
  • Font size buttons
Base (database)
  • SQL syntax highlighting
  • Easier deployment of macro applications
Internationalization and Localization
  • Improved support for bidirectional scripts
  • New locale support

Behind the scenes, OpenOffice.org also now has a more capable file locking mechanism, enabling users to share files safely in a multi-user, multi-platform environment.

"OpenOffice.org 3.1 demonstrates that we are listening to our users, and thanks to the long term commitment from our sponsors, we can invest the time and effort to make significant changes to the software," said John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead. "OpenOffice.org has all the features users want, it's easy to use and free. We urge everyone to download and try it today."

Download OpenOffice.org 3.1 for free

Guide to new features

Contacts:
Cindy Akus (UTC -04h00)
Crossroads Public Relations
cakus @ crossroadspr.com
+1 (919-414-6082)

John McCreesh (UTC +01h00)
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead
jpmcc @ openoffice.org
+44 (0)7 810 278 540

Florian Effenberger (UTC +02h00)
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Co-Lead
floeff @ openoffice.org
+49 151 14424108

Louis Suarez-Potts (UTC -04h00)
OpenOffice.org Community Manager
Chair, Community Council
louis @ openoffice.org
+1 (416) 625 3843

International Marketing Contacts

About OpenOffice.org:
Read our Press Kit

The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, translate, support, and promote the leading open source office productivity suite, OpenOffice.org®. OpenOffice.org's leading edge software technology (UNO) is also available for developers, systems integrators, etc. to use in OpenOffice.org extensions or in their own applications.

OpenOffice.org uses the OpenDocument Format OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as supporting legacy file formats such as Microsoft Office, and is available on major computing platforms in over 90 languages. OpenOffice.org software is provided under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.

The OpenOffice.org Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor and primary contributor.

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