Wednesday, March 08, 2006

OpenOffice.org 2.0.2

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I promise I won't be posting everytime a program goes through a micro-release, but this one seemed worthy of note. OpenOffice.org has a couple of announcements today. First, version 2.0.2 has been released. From the announcement.
OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 is available today. It is ready now in English; check with the Native Language projects for other languages. The release is recommended for everyone. It contains some nifty new features, fixes many small bugs and resolves numerous issues. For instance, spellcheck dictionaries are now directly integrated into OpenOffice.org and are immediately available after installation; there is no need for extra downloads. The community have also added import filters for Quattro Pro 6 and Microsoft Word 2. As well, other import filters have been improved, so that documents created by other applications can be edited in OpenOffice.org more seamlessly. Continuing with the the push to enhance OpenOffice.org's business functionality, it is now easier to use mail merge. As well, integration with the KDE address book is now possible.

The appearance of the application has also been enhanced, and for Linux users, there are new icon sets for KDE and GNOME. The result of this and the other improvements is not just a prettier OpenOffice.org but a friendlier and more capable suite.

And it's free.
Improved GUI, improved filters, improved overall - I like it. If you are still using OOo 1.x - now is the time to upgrade. (Sorry Mac users - no news from NeoOffice just yet.)

The other announcement is OpenOffice.org® has been been awarded the right of the registered trademark status. (That's what the little ® means.) What does this mean to end users? Not much - but it helps OOo have better control over their branding and image, which is a good thing.

You can download the latest version of OpenOffice.org here.

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2 comment(s):

Hi there. I am wondering if you can tell me do I need to uninstall my current version of open office before installing the new version?

By Anonymous blumoon, at March 23, 2006 10:57 PM  

You don't have to uninstall OOo before installing the new version. You can run 2 versions of OOo side - by - side if you'd like. Like if you want to keep 1.1.5 and run 2.0.2. Depending on how close the version is - it may overwrite your old version. (Like if updating from 2.0.0 to 2.0.2 - I think that updates the current install instead of installing a second verion.) Either way, you don't have to uninstall anything before installing the new OOo 2.0.2. However, if you don't need the old version - you might want to ditch it after you install the new one.

hope that helps!

By Blogger Chad Smith, at March 23, 2006 11:07 PM  

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