The New Features of OpenOffice 3.0.1
Article by George Norman
On 28 Jan 2009
OpenOffice has recently released version 3.0.1 of their popular software applications which pretty much makes MSOffice an overpriced thing of the past. While the release was much anticipated by people all over the world, it seems that some software providers jumped the gun on the official date and made OpenOffice 3.0.1 available ahead of time.

Florian Effenberger explains: “OpenOffice.org is extremely popular. Due to the high demand, distributing the program on the internet takes some time. To fit our release schedule, file distribution usually begins some days in advance, before public announcement, to ensure that on release date all files are approved and available.”

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To put it simply, OpenOffice started to hand out copies of the update ahead of the official release date, so that once its release was made public, users would find it easier to download the software either from the official site or from mirror sites. FileHippo failed to comply though, and stole OpenOffice’s thunder with a premature release. From a user point of view, I wouldn’t exactly consider this a bad thing – as long as I swiftly get the software I am interested in, then I do not bother with the details.

OpenOffice 3.0.1 has two new features that it can brag about: an integrated grammar checker in Writer and an OOo file locking mechanism that can lock alien formats.

There are other improvements as well:
- A new Start Centre.
- Fresh icons.
- Zoom control conveniently placed in the status bar.
- Calc has received some improvements, even a new solver.
- Workbook sharing helps with spreadsheet collaboration.
- Spreadsheets which now have 1024 columns per sheet.
- Writer now displays more than one page when performing editing tasks and has an enhanced notes feature.
- Crop handles better.

If you would like to get OpenOffice 3.0.1, a download location is available here.



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