OpenOffice Beta Improves Usability

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-04-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OpenOffice.org released a 1.1 beta version of its open-source productivity suite late last month, and I fired up the Linux version for a test drive.

OpenOffice.org released a 1.1 beta version of its open-source productivity suite late last month, and I fired up the Linux version for a test drive. (Versions for Windows and Solaris are also available, but the Mac OS X release is still at Version 1.0.1.)

Among the features in Version 1.1 is support for saving documents in PDF, saving to and opening files from FTP servers, and options for exporting files in XML formats. Also, OpenOffice. org includes support for MySQL databases in its data source dialog.

While running this beta, my appreciation of the role Linux distributors play in improving users software experiences was renewed. I typically use the OpenOffice.org version that ships with Red Hats distribution, in which the suites relatively rough-looking default user interface font is replaced with a more attractive one. You can change the OpenOffice.org interface yourself, by clicking over to Tools, Options, Fonts; checking the Apply Replacement Table box; and substituting the Interface User font for the Luxi Sans one Red Hat uses or to one of your choice.

To download the software, go to www.openoffice.org.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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