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OpenOffice.org 2.0.1

For all of you who wanted to try OpenOffice.org 2.0 but have an aversion to software which ends in a 0, you’ll be pleased to know that OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 is now propagating to mirrors – you can download it here. It’s not yet on the main web site though.
The release is mostly to fix bugs but there are a few new features, mainly in the realm of internationalisation.

4 Comments

  1. I use Office 97 (Professional), a legitimate licenced version, that does what I want. Would you suggest that it is time for me to move on?
    Is open office now better than Office 97 (Professional)?
    Are the features more advanced than a last century product?

  2. Andy: My advice would be to keep Office 97, but to install OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 as well. It will add support for a wider range of formats, as well as allowing you to properly open documents from Office 2000, XP and 2003 which may not work in 97.
    Essentially OpenOffice.org has the same features as Office 2000, but it’s missing a grammar checking and the ability to track changes to a document. It does, however, add features like PDF export and you can have spellcheckers for multiple languages without having to pay for more licenses.
    Basically, they have the same core features, but you’ll find that OpenOffice.org lacks some more advanced features but adds others.

  3. Strangly I received a word document a few weeks ago, which I was supposed to give a once over. I opened it in OpenOffice and was able to use the tracking of changes feature.
    Possibly you will need to get it into “Word-Mode” to do so.
    P.S. can’t put my full name here as your access-keys setup prevents me from using the ALT-combination I need for one of the letters

  4. mgk: Sorry about the ALT codes thing – I hadn’t realised it was a problem. It’s the first time anyone’s mentioned anything in the 3 years I’ve been using them…
    Yes, it does appear that you can track changes through Edit – Changes. Okay, so other than the grammar checker the two are essentially comparable then 🙂 .