eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office

Suns plug-in adds ODF support to MS Office.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Sun\s new ODF Plugin for MS Office

A good step toward interoperability, but not perfect yet.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Sun\s new ODF Plugin for MS Office

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Installation of the Sun plug-in is easy, requires no other downloads

Wizards guide users through installation and set-up of the Sun ODF Plugin.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Installation of the Sun plug-in is easy, requires no other downloads

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Presentation problems

A hyperlink on the original ODP presentations opening page did not translate into the modified .odp file.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Presentation problems

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Formatting issues

Shading from the original .odp presentation didnt translate into the file saved and modified to .ppt in Office.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Formatting issues

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Footer incompatibilities found between original and modified files

The modified .odt file in Word failed to reproduce the documents entire page range inside the footer. Instead, the page range appeared as: Page 3 of.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Footer incompatibilities found between original and modified files

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Slight formatting issues found in word processor files

Incorrectly sized bullets and missing tabs cropped up in the converted .doc file.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Slight formatting issues found in word processor files

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Original and modified .ods files fare well

No discernable differences cropped up between the original .ods spreadsheet and the spreadsheet modified and saved to .ods in Office.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Original and modified .ods files fare well

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Original ODS spreadsheet versus modified file saved to .xls

Conversion problems marred the spreadsheet modified and saved to .xls in Office. Several pieces of information in this bar graph were completely missing.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Original ODS spreadsheet versus modified file saved to .xls

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Text converter errors

A few DLL files needed to be relocated in order to get the ODF plug-in working properly with Word.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Text converter errors

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Double-clicking Word files

Before the needed DLL modifications were made, double-clicking on an ODT file didnt get the user very far.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Double-clicking Word files

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - DLL bugs

These are the DLLs that had to be relocated in order to get Suns converter working.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - DLL bugs

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Default formatting

ODF could be set as Words default format.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Default formatting

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Grating questions

Multiple Are you sure you want to do this? dialogs quickly became tedious.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Grating questions

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Warning dialogs

Users are always asked if the ODF file is from a trusted source each time they attempt to open one.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Warning dialogs

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Hidden extensions

With Office configured to open both ODF and MS Office-formatted documents, Windows habit of hiding file name extensions proved confusing.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Hidden extensions

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Importing and exporting files

Spreadsheets must be imported explicitly--simply double-clicking on ODP files will bring on an unknown file type dialog.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Importing and exporting files

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Import and export filters

Similarly, spreadsheets cannot be opened in the regular file dialog--they also must be explicitly imported.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Import and export filters

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Text Import Wizard

Unlike in Word, double-clicking an ODS file brings up Excels Text Import Wizard.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Sun ODF Plugin for Office - Text Import Wizard

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