OpenOffice Releases New Developer Version

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.