OpenOffice.org - future development looks grim

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by chachazz, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. chachazz

    chachazz Updates Team

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2004
    Posts:
    841
    Source - PC World
     
  2. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Posts:
    8,725
    Never saw the reason for Apache to keep a separate version in the first place...
     
  3. anon

    anon Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2012
    Posts:
    5,099
    OpenOffice 4.1.2
    https://blogs.apache.org/OOo/entry/announcing_apache_openoffice_4_11
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Release Notes for Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2
    https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO 4.1.2 Release Notes

    .
     
  4. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2014
    Posts:
    7,776
    Location:
    EU - Slovenia
  5. ArchiveX

    ArchiveX Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2014
    Posts:
    1,319
    Luckily, there other alternatives...:cool:
     
  6. Oximoronman

    Oximoronman Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2013
    Posts:
    92
    I read on Wiki that office is discontinued.
     
  7. Stupendous Man

    Stupendous Man Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2010
    Posts:
    1,672
    Location:
    the Netherlands
    I think you mean OpenOffice.org (OOo)? Yes, that was discontinued, but the project was donated to the Apache Foundation. Apache renamed it Apache OpenOffice (AOO). Apache OpenOffice is what this thread is about, not OpenOffice.org.
     
  8. SnowWalker

    SnowWalker Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2012
    Posts:
    228
    Location:
    USA
    Despite its demise being predicted or reported for some years now, Apache OpenOffice released version 4.1.4 on October 19.

    Personally, after having used and supported LibreOffice from about the time it forked until a few weeks or months ago, I hope AOO will continue. AOO, at least for me, remains a stable alternative to the constantly updated LO in which they seem to add more new bugs than worthwhile new features and seems to have gotten worse in the past several releases. AOO may not appeal to those who have to have the "latest and greatest", work in the "cloud", or want improved interoperability with MS Office; but for those like me who simply want something that works without constant updates in the hundreds of megabytes, AOO will probably remain on millions of computers as long as it remains compatible with OS updates.
     
  9. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Posts:
    4,218
    @SnowWalker, Which part of the Open Office suite do you use most? I'm interested in Calc. How does it feel for you?

    And is export to PDF available?
     
  10. SnowWalker

    SnowWalker Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2012
    Posts:
    228
    Location:
    USA
    I use Calc daily for basic spreadsheets, nothing real complicated. For me, Calc in OpenOffice is pretty much the same in LibreOffice, if you're familiar with and use LO, you won't have any problem with OO. The only difference between LO and OO Calc that I can think of is pretty minor; on the side bar of OO you have to click on the Number Format to expand it if you want to adjust the number of decimal places and such. If I recall, it stays expanded in LO, and there's room for it to remain expanded in OO, but won't for some reason. I left LO for a couple of reasons, the latest being the ongoing font rendering problems in Windows, but functionally they seem the same otherwise, and I have no problem working in OO with the sheets or documents I made in LO, or vice versa. The formats are the same.

    It's been awhile since I've used MS Excel, so I can't compare it directly, but as I remember I didn't have any more problem learning Calc than Excel. But, again, I'm no power user. If you have Excel documents, OO is always free to try to see if you can open and edit them correctly (as always, just save backups before trying).

    Yes, both OpenOffice and LibreOffice export to PDF, which is one reason I'm not real concerned about compatibility with MS Office. I just save to PDF if I wish to share a document. Otherwise, I save and work in the Open Document Formats.
     
  11. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Posts:
    4,218
    Thanks! I've downloaded the Linux version and will give it a go.
     
Loading...