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OpenOffice 3.0 for Mac goes final

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no powerpc version

    Still no PowerPC version. Website is really slow!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    3.0r4 PPC

    Looks like the PPC version isn't quite finished yet:
    Here's a link to a mirror that hosts a 3.0.0 beta build m32 for PPC (the latest one I could find, releases 10/10):

    Direct link to download (MacNN will probably mangle this link, so you might have to browse to the "DevDEV300m32" directory above):

  1. dronkert

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Any changes from RC4?

  1. VValdo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm sticking w/Neooffice.

    Congrats to the guys who worked hard on bringing this to Mac, but IMO NeoOffice looks a whole lot better and integrates better w/OS X. I believe there will be a 3.0 of NeoOffice soon as well.

    I wish they'd GPL OO.o so the two projects could share code bidirectionally...


  1. 350Z

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Both look good

    I have tested both Neo Office 2.2.5 and Open Office 3.0. Both of them look pretty good to me - fast enough, and good GUI.

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