OpenOffice 3: Look out MS Office!

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How long have we been using OpenOffice 2.x? 2.0 was release Oct 20, 2005. So over 3 years was 3.0 in the making. And just what comes with that three years in development? Here’s the list of major features:

Mac OS X Support
ODF 1.2 support
Microsoft Office 2007 Import Filters
Solver
Chart Enhancements
Improved Crop Feature in Draw and Impress
Spreadsheet Collaboration Through Workbook Sharing
1024 Columns Per Calc Sheet (Instead of 256)
Display of Multiple Writer Pages While Editing
Improved Notes Feature in Writer
New, Fresh-Looking Icons
Start Center
Native Tables in Impress
Enhanced XML support and updated XSLT based filters

It’s an impressive list for sure. But what you really don’t see from a simple list is just how impressive some of these new features are. Sure the new Start Center looks better than the old start center. Of course I am not even sure why the developers are saying they “added” a Start Center. In OpenOffice 2.x if you issued the command openoffice a Start Center would open. So to me, saying the Start Center is a new feature is a bit of a stretch. But if you look beyond the cosmetic you will see some really impressive work that has gone on.

Take for instance...