By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-09-27 Print this article Print

-format compatibily."> Speaking of flexibility, StarOffice 8 ships with a new native file format —the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications, also known as OpenDocument—which covers text, spreadsheet, chart and graphical documents. OpenDocument is intended to allow for diversity among office suite applications without requiring format importers and exporters and the compatibility issues that often accompany them. For example, KOffice, the office suite that ships as part of the K Desktop Environment, includes OpenDocument as a format option, and the KDE Project has announced that OpenDocument will become the default format for KOffice in a future release. The AbiWord word processor and Gnumeric spreadsheet applications--two more open-source, cross-platform office productivity options--do not support OpenDocument now, but both projects plan to add this support in upcoming releases.
The file formats from previous versions of StarOffice are still present in this latest release. This will be important for organizations running earlier versions of StarOffice, which wont open OpenDocument documents. Companies that wish to use the new format without paying for the StarOffice upgrade can use 2.0, which also creates and opens OpenDocument files, or 1.1.5, which can read but not write to the new format.
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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. JasonÔÇÖs 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

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