Monday, August 05, 2013

Short of cash, get Apache OpenOffice 4.0 free


Tons of features with over million downloads at the time of this post.

Download Apache OpenOffice 4.0  from here:

Review these features copied from the above site:

•Cross platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
•170+ Languages
•Extensions and Templates available
•Commercial support available
•New Sidebar
•Interoperability Improvements for Text Documents, Spreadhseet Documents, Presentation Documents and OOXML file format in general
•DrawObject Improvements/Enhancements
•New Color Palette
•New Gradients
•New Gallery Themes and Gallery enhancements
•Refined the Selection Handles User Interface
•Refined Selection Visualization
•Better Print Preview
•Enhanced conversion to Bitmap Graphics
•Enhanced Copy/Paste
•Enhanced Drag&Drop
•Adapt LineStart/End to LineWidth
•SVG Export enhancements
•SVG/Metafile Break improvement
•SVG Import improvements
•Picture Crop mode offers preview
•Unified visualization of ColorPalette popup
•Transparency support for pixel formats (PNG)
•Connectors support rotation
•Corrected Hatch fill style visualization
•Better gradient support in metafiles
•Calc and Chart Improvements/Enhancements
•Support relative Pie Chart Height
•New Functions: AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, XOR, LEFTB, RIGHTB, LENB, MIDB and RAND (reimplemented to use the Mersenne-Twister algorithm)
•Extensions Improvements/Enhancement
•New Toolbar management
•Unified menu API
•Performance Improvements/Enhancements
•Many resource leaks were fixed
•Speedup of Graphic Rendering
•Additional Language Support
•Changes that Impact Backwards Compatibility
•Module binfilter removed (legacy StarOffice file formats (.sdw, .sdc, .sdd, etc.)
•Python support updated
•Support for system C++ STL

This is not all. There are over 650 extensions and over 2000 templates.

Java is required for complete OpenOffice ( functionality.  Herein, Java version 7, Update 25 was used.

Download JRE from here:

The following worked after the JRE install:

The Excel file in the previous post ( was saved as type XML Spreadsheet 2003(NwindEmp). This was then opened in OpenOffice's Spreadsheet document as shown.

Check it out. Why spend a bundle!!!


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