updated 11:05 am EDT, Mon October 13, 2008
OpenOffice 3.0 goes final
Following extensive beta testing, the developers of OpenOffice have released the completed version of its v3.0 productivity suite. The software covers a variety of tasks, including spreadsheets, word processing and presentation work; editions are also available for a variety of different operating systems. The v3.0 update is said to be particularly important for the Mac, as users can now install a native client that does not require X11.
These changes are also said to aid in performance and stability, and introduce support for Mac OS X's accessibility APIs, which primarily help people with little to no eyesight.
Other features of the software include new collaboration, charting and drawing tools, Office 2007 import filters, and support for OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2. Also present are improved XSLT-based filters, and better XML support. OpenOffice 3.0 is a free download.