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Sun will offer back-line support for OpenOffice

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LinuxWorld: Sun Microsystems on Monday plans to announce that it will provide support for the OpenOffice.org productivity software suite, citing a wave of momentum behind the open-source project.

OpenOffice on Ulteo in Pictures

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blogs.eweek.com: Today my colleague Steven J. Vaughn Nichols is reporting on Mandriva founder Gael Duval's Ulteo, which now offers online access to the OpenOffice.org productivity suite. I'm an OpenOffice.org user and overall fan of software as a service--particularly when it's a free service--so I thought I'd take Ulteo for a spin.

Use OpenOffice.org online with Ulteo

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ulteo.com: The latest version of OpenOffice.org is now available using a browser with a single click of a mouse, with no download or installation process ('no install') of the productivity suite required. This new service by Ulteo offers many benefits for users of the productivity suite.

Microsoft Office benched by Dutch government in favor of OpenOffice?

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tech.blorge.com: Though Microsoft has held a sturdy grip on the throat of government and corporate software for quite a while, the Dutch government is looking to pry away the bony fingers of Microsoft’s restrictive formatting; Dutch parliament will discuss mandating Open Document Formatting this Wednesday…hello, OpenOffice!

OpenOffice.org 2.3.1 Released

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openoffice.org: The OpenOffice.org Community announces the immediate availability of OpenOffice.org 2.3.1. This is a minor bug fix release with no new features for users. However, as this release also fixes a security vulnerability, we recommend all users should upgrade to this release.

OpenOffice.org 2.3 Impresses

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eWeek: OpenOffice.org 2.3 sports a nifty set of feature improvements, but the suite's sweetest features remain its low cost (free) and its strikingly broad platform support.

OpenOffice’s presentation view

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liquidat: Currently OpenOffice’s presentation program Impress lacks a presentation view with notes and so on for a second monitor during presentations. But the feature is in active development, and first results are visible.

The OpenOffice.org Impress presenter screen

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LWN: While OpenOffice.org's Impress is a reasonable presentation program, it lacks one often-requested feature: the provision of a separate screen for the presenter. So it is encouraging that the OOo developers have just announced that this feature is now in development.

OOo: Making life with labels a little easier

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OpenOffice.org Tips: Labels don't always match up perfectly, especially those little return address labels. What can you do, besides prayer and fasting, and wasting labels?

Things that control how content is displayed in OpenOffice.org Calc spreadsheets

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OpenOffice.org Tips: If you spend all day in spreadsheets, sooner or later you want something to help you spot what's important or different. The motion study expert Frank Gilbreth told factories to paint parts different colors to help factory workers spot the right pieces more quickly; Calc has roughly equivalent features to help point out the different types of data you're working with.

Summary of new features in OpenOffice.org 2.3

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openoffice.org tips: Here’s a summary of the features from the 2.3 new features list that I considered the most useful or important to write about.

Also: OxygenOffice Pro 2.3 = OpenOffice with Clipart & Templates

The biggest hindrance to OpenOffice dominance is Sun itself

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raiden's realm blogs: One of the things that bothers me profusely about OpenOffice is Sun’s maniacal infatuation with controlling every square inch of OpenOffice, including all the copyrights to the code within it.

Welcome back, user-defined motion paths in OpenOffice Impress 2.3

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OpenOffice.org Tips: Back in the good old days of 1.x, you could draw a line, then draw an object, and make the object move along whatever line that was. It was great. Then the lovely redesign of Impress came, and that user-defined motion path feature got lost along the way. It's back!

Using Zotero to manage OpenOffice.org bibliographies

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linux.com: If OpenOffice.org's own bibliography feature doesn't really cut it for you, you have several choices. One popular bibliography solution is Bibus, a cross-platform tool that integrates nicely with OpenOffice.org. It is, however, not the only bibliographical tool out there. In fact, there is another nifty tool called Zotero that turns Firefox into a powerful research tool.

OpenOffice's apparent mission creep

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matt asay: Apparently, OpenOffice 3.0 is intent on picking a fight with Microsoft Outlook. Bonne chance, mes amis. I don't mean to imply that it can't be done, but am rather suggesting that this is not the right way to go about it. Zimbra, sure. Or Mozilla's Thunderbird (standalone), sure. But bundled into OpenOffice? I'm not seeing it.

OpenOffice 3.0 Wants to Compete with Outlook

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cybernet: I was just over at the OpenOffice site browsing through some of their marketing materials to see if there was anything interesting. I came across a presentation and it walked through some of the most notable features that are expected to be released in the next big OpenOffice milestone.

A simple task manager for OpenOffice.org

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linux.com: If you spend most of your time in OpenOffice.org, you might want to be able to manage to-do lists and tasks without leaving the comfort of the office suite. Since Writer doesn't have such a feature, you can create your own no-frills task tool and at the same time sharpen your OOoBasic skills.

Office shootout: OpenOffice.org Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

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linux.com: I spent a couple of days testing OOo Calc and Microsoft Excel features for formatting, list-making, formulas, and formula tools. Since the range of user expertise in spreadsheets tends to be much wider than in slide shows or even word processors, I considered the programs largely from the perspective of an average user who might require a spreadsheet for home or business use.

The Great Showdown: MS Office vs. OpenOffice

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linux insider: OpenOffice works on Linux, Windows and Mac. It also supports a wider range of languages for its interface, and it's free software so you can adapt it to your needs or easily write add-ons.

Also: Thank you Michael, but no, thank you...
And: A fabulous way to do list numbering.

"Novell is not forking OpenOffice"

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linux.com: From recent media reports, casual readers could easily believe that OpenOffice.org, the popular free office suite, is fragmenting. Slashdot reported last week that Novell is backing an official fork, while Ars Technica suggested that if what was happening fell short of a fork, then it was still "serious fragmentation" and "not a good thing for the OpenOffice.org community." However, a closer look at the situation shows that what is happening is less of a dramatic split than the airing of long-time grievances and the media's discovery of a long-established institution.

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