OpenOffice 3.1 Final Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 05 May 2009
Following the release of RC1 and RC2, the development process of OpenOffice 3.1 has finally come to an end with the release of OpenOffice 3.1 final. The open source software is now available for download, free of charge of course. In related news, Microsoft has recently released SP2 (Service Pack 2) for the Office 2007 suite, update which comes with ODF support amongst other things.

Now just because OpenOffice 3.1 is out, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to download and install the software, but perhaps OpenOffice.org’s description of the application will get you thinking: "OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.”

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Getting back to OpenOffice 3.1 final, the software comes with numerous new features and enhancements (full list here), out of which we’ve picked the following highlights:
- Anti-aliasing technology used for drawings and graphics. By using this technique OpenOffice 3.1 is capable of improving on the clarity of graphics.
- It is easier to drag drawings and graphics; a “shadow” of the object being dragged is displayed underneath it, not a dotted line.
- Improved file locking means that users on the network will be prevented from overwriting the changes you made to a certain document
- Overlining support with full options (type of line, color) alongside underlining support.

If you would like to get OpenOffice 3.1, a download location is available here.
Please note that at the time this article was written the official OpenOffice web page did not yet serve OpenOffice 3.1.
UPDATE: OppenOffice is live on the official web page.



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