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OpenOffice.org launches release candidate 4 prior to next week's 3.0 launch

by Parm Mann on 7 October 2008, 12:34

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OpenOffice.org has today launched the fourth-and-final release candidate of its upcoming OpenOffice.org 3.0 release.

The 3.0 revision of the software suite - which is widely regarded as the best freeware alternative to Microsoft's Office - is scheduled for launch on October 13th 2008. The fourth release candidate, build number OOO300_m9, is therefore likely to provide a near-complete look at OpenOffice.org's latest offering.

OpenOffice.org 3.0, or OOo 3.0 as it's commonly known, will introduce a wave of new features including support for Mac OS X, PDF import and export, many new extensions, an improved Chart engine, multi-screen support for Impress presentations, and more.

Release candidate four can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms at OpenOffice.org.

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day apostrophe s - oh no you didn't :D
The trouble with OO is that when I open a Word 2003 document in OO it goes from say 28 pages to 33.

Until OO solves this spacing problem, companies just won't use it.

Acually, a market research company I do work for just made the switch over to OO.o. The few caveats of using OpenOffice are FAR overshadowed by the horrors of MS Office. They are now requiring companies they deal with to use the .odt format.
The trouble is with companies already using MSOffice is that they build up a large amount of archived material. If they look at it in OO they see a mess. If it didn't then perhaps they wouldn't be put off by it?

When we trialled OO it failed because of this.

Yes the company rather buy more licenses of Office and continue to use it than simply reformat the old documents.

It's political and social reasons not technical ones which keep people from adopting OO.
quatermass - spot on there.

We began with WordPerfect, moved to Office 97 for many many years and when we finally had the finances to upgrade the network we moved initially to OpenOffice.

After two weeks of messing around with spacing, formatting and printing errors I had to go out and buy the bloatware that is Office Pro 2007.

I use OO at home, my children use it too, trouble free, but they were/are young enough not to have used MS Office for XX years.