OpenOffice 1.1

By Pete | @kingpetey | 10 Oct 2003

Version 1.1 is the latest release from - a free open source office suite which rivals other similar software such as Microsoft Office. The project has been going from strength to strength and so far in August 2003 over 18 million copies of the software have been downloaded, this excludes copies which have been distributed through Linux distributions such as SuSE and RedHat.

OpenOffice is available for all the major operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac which makes it a good choice for companies or individuals which use more than one OS. The office suite, which is around 70mbs to download is easily available from the projects website and comes bundled with many other packages.

Version 1.1 adds a number of new features such as saving documents in the PDF format and in the Macromedia Flash format, however only presentations and drawings can be saved in the flash format. 1.1 also adds better support for Microsoft Office documents and improved international support in a range of languages. While 1.1 adds some new features I still think they need to go further, I would have liked to have seen more templates for presentations and maybe some wizards in the writer.

To me it seems that OpenOffice 1.1 is more a fix and update of things we already saw in 1.0 rather then an abundance of new features. I have used OpenOffice for almost a year now to write the majority of the ImAFish articles but when it comes to something bigger (for college/university) I still revert back to MS Office, simply because while OpenOffice does have very good support for MS Office documents it still just isn't quite the same starting a project in MS Office (as most colleges/universities do not use OpenOffice) then finishing it off in OpenOffice.

I will continue to use OpenOffice as in my view it is the better product (and its free) but until it has a wider acceptance as a standard it will be an up hill struggle for users to be able to get the full potential out of OpenOffice.

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