OpenOffice Releases New Developer Version

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-14 Print this article Print

The open-source office desktop productivity software development project unveils a new developer version of 1.0 for the Solaris, Windows and Linux, and a beta of a Mac OS X version., the open-source office desktop productivity software development project, today released a new developer version of 1.0 for the Solaris, Windows and Linux operating systems. The new release, which charts the path for future user versions, is ready for developer use and testing and can be downloaded at Its release follows the May release of 1.0. Ed Peterlin, a contributor to, told eWEEK that among the new features of the 1.0 developer release are the ability to save files directly to PDF; some new filters for new file formats, including preliminary DocBook support; and a new macro recording facility.
Sam Hiser, who is involved in the marketing side of the project, said other additions include a central Java configuration for network installations; GUI improvements; numerous developer kit adjustments that make development and integration work more efficient; the introduction of new or upgraded developer tools; Mozilla 1.0 address book support, with improved integration with KDE (K Desktop Environment) and GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment); and keyboard and accessibility features.
In addition, integration improvements with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint have been made. "The features in this developer build reflect the heavy lifting that goes into behind the scenes toward the constant improvement in features and integration of the suite. "These features will be tried, viewed and debugged by the developer and deep user communities and will likely end up in the next user release. I cant say precisely when that will be, but they will continue to come on a regular basis," Hiser said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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