Open Office 3.0 Beta Released

May 7, 2008  (Jeffrey Kabbe)

Open Office is an attempt by the open source community to create a free and open alternative to Microsoft Office. A beta version of Open Office 3.0 has been made widely available. Version 3.0 brings with it a number of important features:

  • Native Mac OS X interface (previous versions used X11 resulting in an unfamiliar environment and poor integration with OS X). NeoOffice was an alternative, but a native interface was always the goal.
  • The ability to import Office 2007 and Mac Office 2008 documents (including .docx, .xslx, and .pptx). This is a welcome feature if, like me, you have suffered by receiving documents from Office 2007 users who are not well-versed in the differences between .doc and .docx.
  • Support for the forthcoming standard OpenDocument Format (ODF). Unless you need to share documents with Office users, you may want to consider switching to ODF for your office needs (and even then it may still be a good idea).

The beta of OpenOffice 3.0 for Mac OS X can be downloaded from the OpenOffice website.

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