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, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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