OpenOffice 3.1 RC1 Released, New Features Added
Article by George Norman
On 08 Apr 2009
OpenOffice, the software application that provides pretty much the same functionality one can get from Microsoft’s Office suite but at no cost whatsoever, has reached another milestone in its development process with the release of OpenOffice 3.1 RC1 (Release Candidate). The latest version of OpenOffice we got to check out was OpenOffice 3.0.1 back in January (details here), so we are more than happy to see this release.

Before we get to the new features included in OpenOffice 3.1 Release Candidate 1, I have to let Mac and iPhone users know that they too have an alternative to MS Office - for Mac users there’s the recently released NeoOffice 3.0 which comes free-of-charge; for iPhone users there will be QuickOffice for iPhone, which will allow you to open and edit Word and Excel documents, albeit for a price (details on the two software applications here).


Without further ado, here are the main highlights of Open Office 3.1 RC1, as pulled from the official release notes:
- Enhanced graphics thanks to anti-aliasing.
- It is now easier to drag graphics.
- Users on the network will be prevented from overwriting the changes you made to a certain document thanks to the improved file locking capabilities within the software.
- Overlining and underlining support.
- Different editors can reply to comments in Writer docs.
- Double click and rename Calc sheets.
- Calc status bar has zoom slider control, just like the one found in Writer.
- When you open a new Report, automatic binding of the first table occurs.
- sorting and insert toolbar support has been added to Add Field dialog.
- Support images in extension help.
- Usage of a master password is allowed.

If you would like to get OpenOffice 3.1 RC1, a download location is available here.

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