OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta

OpenOffice.org

There is a new version of OpenOffice.org in beta at the moment. The improvements made to the Writer application are noticable already. I favour Writer to MS Word (which I have a pathological hatred towards). And there is a new application: Base, which handles MS Access relational databases — excellent.

I’ve just downloaded the latest beta: 1.9.95. The latest stable version is 1.1.4 (for which there is also a security patch).

Later … I’m impressed with the improvements since the last beta I installed. I’d had a problem with printing leaving a grey bar across the page; that’s obviously been fixed. There are a number of other improvements such as the menus and the customizable toolbar — much more intuitive than the default MS Office method.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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