OpenOffice.org said Wednesday that it had made the beta version of OpenOffice 3.0 available for download. The organization recommended that beta users not use the software for production, however; you have been warned.
What’s new? “The most immediately visible change to OpenOffice.org 3.0 is the new ‘Start Centre’, new fresh-looking icons, and a new zoom control in the status bar,” according to OpenOffice.org. “A closer look shows that 3.0 has a myriad of new features. Notable Calc improvements include a new solver component; support for spreadsheet collaboration through workbook sharing; and an increase to 1024 columns per sheet. Writer has an improved notes feature and displays of multiple pages while editing. There are numerous Chart enhancements, and an improved crop feature in Draw and Impress.”
A nice list of features, together with screenshots, is here.
“Behind the scenes, OpenOffice.org 3.0 will support the upcoming OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard, and is capable of opening files created with MS-Office 2007 or MS-Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.),” the group added. “This is in addition to read and write support for the MS-Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.). “