OpenOffice.org Releases New Version of Free Software Alternative to Microsoft Office

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The OpenOffice.org Community announce the release of OpenOffice.org 2.3, the latest version of the leading open-source office suite. With upgrades to its word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, and database software, the free software package provides a real alternative to Microsoft's Office 2007 product - and an easier upgrade path for existing Microsoft Office users.

The OpenOffice.org (http://www.openoffice.org)] community is pleased to announce the release of OpenOffice.org 2.3, the latest version of the leading open source office productivity suite. OpenOffice.org 2.3 incorporates an extensive array of new features and enhancements to all its core components, and protects users from newly discovered security vulnerabilities. The news will be warmly welcomed by delegates to the Community's annual conference, to be held this week 19th-21st September in Barcelona, Spain.

The Charting component has undergone a complete revamp, adding a range of new features as well as simplifying and streamlining chart formulation. This component is used throughout OpenOffice.org.

Writer, OpenOffice.org's word processor, has been boosted with the addition of intelligence to handle multi-lingual documents better. Wiki users will love the addition of a new MediaWiki (Wikipedia) export filter. Mail merge has some additional usability features.

A number of general productivity improvements have been made to Calc, OpenOffice.org's spreadsheet. These include changes to printing, functions, menus, dialogs and toolbars.

Performance improvements have been made to Impress, OpenOffice.org's application for creating presentations. The 'move along curve' animation feature has been re-introduced, giving 'cartoon-like' abilities to presentations.

OpenOffice.org's database application, Base, continues to evolve, with additional features for expert users such as keyboard shortcuts, and a Report Builder (available as an extension).

OpenOffice.org Draw, the drawing and diagramming module, has been enhanced to provide improved exporting to HTML/web by adding support for exporting the images to portable network graphics (PNG) format. Accessibility improvements have also been made by providing alternate text for image maps and layer titles and descriptions.

General improvements to the entire suite include a persistent stylist filter, re-ordering of the PDF export dialogues, new shortcut keys, easier keyboard customisation, previewing of web pages in a browser, a number of enhancements for extensions and a higher default macro security level. In addition support for numerous languages and locales have added.

About OpenOffice.org

The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, 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 supports the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as legacy file formats such as Microsoft Office and is available on major computing platforms in over 70 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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Louis Suarez-Potts (GMT -04h00)
OpenOffice.org Community Manager
Chair, Community Council
louis @ openoffice.org
+1 (416) 625 3843 (mobile)
+1 (416) 531-9513 (landline)

John McCreesh (GMT +01h00)
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead
Member, Community Council
jpmcc @ openoffice.org
+44 (0)7 810 278 540

Cristian Driga (UTC +0200)
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Co-Lead
email cdriga (at) openoffice.org
+40 7887 000 60

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