As an Excel user, you may have looked at OpenOffice.org and found that it doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), the Microsoft Office macro language. If you've spent years building hundreds of Excel macros, the fear of losing them all could keep you locked in to Office.
Sun Microsystems Inc has announced that is now providing support and services for the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, which is already based on its own support StarOffice product.
The Santa Clara, California-based company is offering both standard and premium services, for OpenOffice.org on the Sparc and Intel versions of its Solaris operating system, as well as Linux and Windows.
Friday 13 October marked two important events: the immediate availability of OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 and our 6th anniversary. OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 is a significant release and recommended for all. New features, bugfixes, and improvements:
* Enhanced PDF management
* Direct export to LaTex
* New functionality in Calc and Impress
* Mac OS X (X11) now uses system fonts
Want to see a dinosaur?
OpenOffice.org has rejected accusations that its open-source application suite is at least as susceptible to attack as Microsoft's Office in a terse statement posted on its Web site.
"The OpenOffice.org community confirms it regards security as of the highest importance and will react immediately to any security issues," the statement read.
Following in Firefox's footsteps, the next version of OpenOffice.org will support plug-in extensions to attract developers to the open-source productivity suite.
At the outset, this article was written in OpenOffice Writer a word processor comparable to Microsoft Word. The Writer is just one part of the suite called OpenOffice.org touted as "open source" competition to Microsoft Office.
The original version was slow and clunky. However, with the latest version (2.0), OpenOffice.org has made it worthwhile to be written about.
OpenOffice 2.0 -- the free, open source office suite -- has many features that are very similar to Microsoft Office. The trick is knowing how to use them. In this Q&A, expert Solveig Haugland explains how to use such OpenOffice features as the Draw tool, tabbed headers and footers.
'Get legal -- Get OpenOffice.org' is the tagline of a new campaign taking advantage of the recent clampdown against unlicensed software by Microsoft and the BSA
OpenOffice.org has launched a campaign to persuade companies worried about software compliance to move to its open source productivity application.
The project leader of the organisation behind the open source productivity suite has refuted a report claiming that he wants Sun to give up control of the project
Louis Suárez-Potts, the project leader of OpenOffice.org (OOo), has denied reports that Sun should give up control of the open source project it founded.
For OpenOffice.org (OOo), MS Office (MSO) is the elephant in the living room. As much as the project might want to ignore MSO, it cannot. Many potential users never have used anything except MSO, and most have to share files with MSO users at some point.
When eWEEK Labs recently reviewed StarOffice 8, we were impressed by its broad platform support and low cost-two measures by which the Sun Microsystems Inc. office productivity suite edges out Microsoft Corp.'s market-leading Office 2003 but falls short compared with its open-source sibling, OpenOffice.org 2.0.
Mad Penguin™ is running the third of three interviews with some of the people who have been hunkered down in endless meetings or hunched over their keyboards to bring us such a splendid, robust, virus-free code base. Today's interview is with OOo community manager, Louis Suarez-Potts.
Programmers released version 2 of OpenOffice.org on Thursday, a major overhaul to an open-source software suite that has recently become a more serious rival to Microsoft Office.
In Part 1, we studied the fundamental concepts of OpenOffice.org's software development kit (SDK) and how the SDK can be used to communicate with the OOo programs. We now are ready to write an application.
This Thursday, the Open Source project OpenOffice presented Release Candidate 1 of its free Office suite; this test version -- possibly the last one -- was, however, already available for downloading from the OpenOffice web site before the official release on Thursday: all of the mirror servers had been prepared since Wednesday.