Apache OpenOffice

Sunday November 18, 2018

Announcing Apache OpenOffice 4.1.6

18 November 2018 - Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache OpenOffice 4.1.6, as usual available in 41 languages for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.6 is a maintenance release aimed at correcting some regressions and delivering the latest English dictionary. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5 or earlier are advised to upgrade.

Main improvements include:

* Fixed bugs which caused improper handling (crashes) when using Microsoft Drawing Binary File format
* Updated OpenSSL to version 0.9.8zh
* Updated curl library used from version 7.19.7 to 7.61.1
* Save As ... Docbook now works correctly for Windows 7 and Windows 10
* Updated logos

The complete overview is available as list in Bugzilla.

Details of this release are described in the Release Notes.

For a complete list of available languages and language packs see the download webpage.

Those interested can also download the source code.

You are encouraged to subscribe to the Apache OpenOffice announcement mailing list to receive important notifications such as product updates and security patches. To subscribe you can send an email to: announce-subscribe-AT-openoffice.apache-DOT-org.

Follow Apache OpenOffice:
Twitter   https://twitter.com/apacheoo
Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/ApacheOO
Google+   https://plus.google.com/u/0/+openoffice
YouTube   https://www.youtube.com/c/openoffice
Mail   https://openoffice.apache.org/mailing-lists.html

Wednesday January 31, 2018

Over 3.2 million downloads of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5

Since the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5 end of 2017 we got over 3.2 million download requests. And this is only for the newest release. There are more for other versions that the users download due to their special needs. And not included are the many others from news magazins - online or on CD/DVD.

Another impressive number is: 250 million. These are the downloads over all versions since 01st January, 2012.

With this post we want to call your attention to the strong advise to download software only from its original source. Then you are on the safe side to avoid any viruses or malware. For OpenOffice it is "https://www.openoffice.org/download/".

And you don't need a permission or even registration to use or copy Apache OpenOffice as it is free and open source software. So, no problem with license keys and fees and other restricting stuff.

Saturday December 30, 2017

Announcing Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5

30 December 2017 - Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5, as usual available in 41 languages for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5 is a maintenance release aimed at correcting some regressions and delivering the latest English dictionary. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4 or earlier are advised to upgrade.

Main improvements include:

* BZ 127568 Diagrams become corrupt (not retrievable) when Calc document is saved
* BZ 127580 Fix for Issue 127568 created a new bug in Base
* BZ 127581 Writer crashes after copying all content
* BZ 127621 Update English dictionary to version 2017.11.01

The complete overview is available as list in Bugzilla.

Details of this release are described in the Release Notes.

For a complete list of available languages and language packs see the download webpage.

Those interested can also download the source code.

You are encouraged to subscribe to the Apache OpenOffice announcement mailing list to receive important notifications such as product updates and security patches. To subscribe you can send an email to: announce-subscribe-AT-openoffice.apache-DOT-org.

Follow Apache OpenOffice:
Twitter   https://twitter.com/apacheoo
Facebook   http://www.facebook.com/ApacheOO
Google+   https://plus.google.com/u/0/+openoffice
YouTube   https://www.youtube.com/c/openoffice/
Mail   https://openoffice.apache.org/mailing-lists.html

Monday November 27, 2017

Open Document Editors Devroom at FOSDEM 18, Brussels FOSDEM is 3-4 Feb 2018

FOSDEM is one of the largest gatherings of Free Software contributors in the world and happens each year in Brussels (Belgium) at the ULB Campus Solbosch. In 2018, it will be held on Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4.

As usual, the Open Document Editors DevRoom will be jointly organized by Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice, on Saturday, February 3 (from 10:30AM to 6:30PM, room AW1.120). The shared devroom gives every project in this area a chance to present ODF related developments and innovations.

We are now inviting proposals for talks about Open Document Editors or the ODF standard document format, on topics such as code, localization, QA, UX, extensions, tools and adoption related cases. This is a unique opportunity to show new ideas and developments to a wide technical audience. Please do keep in mind, though, that product pitches are not allowed at FOSDEM.

Length of talks should be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes, as we would like to have questions after each presentation, and to fit as many presenters as possible in the schedule. Exceptions must be explicitly requested and justified. You may be assigned LESS time than you request.

All submissions have to be made in the Pentabarf event planning tool: https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM18

While filing your proposal, please provide the title of your talk, a short abstract (one or two paragraphs), some information about yourself (name, bio and photo, but please do remember that your profile might be already stored at Pentabarf).

To submit your talk, click on “Create Event”, then make sure to select the “Open Document Editors” devroom as the “Track”. Otherwise, your talk will not be even considered for any devroom at all.

If you already have a Pentabarf account from a previous year, even if your talk was not accepted, please reuse it. Create an account if, and only if, you don’t have one from a previous year. If you have any issues with Pentabarf, please contact ode-devroom-manager-AT-fosdem.org

The deadline is Monday, December 4th, 2017. Accepted speakers will be notified by Monday, December 11th, 2017. The schedule will be published before Friday, December 15, 2017.

Recording Permission

The talks in the Open Document Editors DevRoom will be audio and video recorded, and possibly streamed live too.

In the “Submission notes” field, please indicate that you agree to have your presentation recorded and published under the same license as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY). For example: “If my speech is accepted for FOSDEM, I hereby agree to be recorded and to have recordings - including slides and other presentation related documents - published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 International License. Sincerely, Name”. 

Thursday October 19, 2017

Announcing Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4

19 October 2017 - Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4, as usual available in 41 languages for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.4 is a maintenance release incorporating important bug fixes, security fixes, updated dictionaries, and build fixes. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 or earlier are advised to upgrade.

Main improvements include:

* BZ 119208 Cannot select a different icon set (menu "Tools - Options - View").
* BZ 125147 Crash when applying a style to a new text document.
* BZ 127176 Different installed Java Runtime Environment cannot be selected (menu "Tools - Options - Java").
* BZ 127553 Update links doesn't work for sections in 4.1.4-RC4

The complete overview is available as list in Bugzilla.

For a complete list of available languages and language packs see the download webpage.

Details of new features and enhancements in this release are described in the Release Notes.

Those interested can also download the source code.

You are encouraged to subscribe to the Apache OpenOffice announcement mailing list to receive important notifications such as product updates and security patches. To subscribe you can send an email to: announce-subscribe-AT-openoffice.apache-DOT-org.

Follow Apache OpenOffice:
Twitter   https://twitter.com/apacheoo
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ApacheOO
Google+   https://plus.google.com/u/0/114598373874764163668/posts
E-mail    https://openoffice.apache.org/mailing-lists.html

Monday November 28, 2016

Over 200 million downloads of Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice continues to enjoy the user's valuation.

Recently the new record mark of 200 million downloads was reached. The downloads are managed by our partner SourceForge .

The high demand of the most current release 4.1.3 - that was released in October - is an acknowledgment of the previous work and a great motivation for the future.

The ongoing trust of our users is also a thankful expression to all people who put their personal spare time and effort into the project and software.

But of course there are more ways to distribute Apache OpenOffice. The most common one is to download the binary packages from one of the many mirror servers. But also printed magazines with an included DVD are possible, you can get it from your neighbors, friends, coworkers, it's part of free software collections, and many more ways we can think of.

You don't need a permission or even registration to use or copy Apache OpenOffice as it is free and open source software. However, this makes it also difficult to get meaningful numbers of actual users. It's not measurable if a download stands for a single user or an installation in a larger network.

Furthermore it's not known if Apache OpenOffice was downloaded the first time or it's an update for a previous installed version. Much more interesting to know is that the statistics show a steady download of 100,000 every day.

It's safe to say that Apache OpenOffice has one of the highest user base in the world of free software projects. And for this we want to say Thank You!

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Open Document Editors Devroom at FOSDEM 17, Brussels 4-5 Feb 2017

FOSDEM is one of the largest gatherings of Free Software contributors in the world and happens each year in Brussels (Belgium) at the ULB Campus Solbosch. In 2017, it will be held on Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5.

As usual, the Open Document Editors DevRoom will be jointly organized by Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice, on Saturday, February 4, in room 4.401 in Building K (from 10:30AM to 6:30PM). The shared devroom gives every project in this area a chance to present ODF related developments and innovations.

We are now inviting proposals for talks about Open Document Editors or the ODF document format, on topics such as code, extensions, localization, QA, UX, tools and adoption related cases. This is a unique opportunity to show new ideas and developments to a wide technical audience. Please do keep in mind, though, that product pitches are not allowed at FOSDEM.

Length of talks should be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes, as we would like to have questions after each presentation, and to fit as many presenters as possible in the schedule. Exceptions must be explicitly requested and justified. You may be assigned LESS time than you request.

All submissions have to be made in the Pentabarf event planning tool at https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM17

While filing your proposal, please provide the title of your talk, a short abstract (one or two paragraphs), some information about yourself (name, bio and photo, but please do remember that your profile might be already stored at Pentabarf).

To submit your talk, click on “Create Event”, then make sure to select the “Open Document Editors” devroom as the “Track”. Otherwise, your talk will not be even considered for any devroom at all.

If you already have a Pentabarf account from a previous year, even if your talk was not accepted, please reuse it. Create an account if, and only if, you don’t have one from a previous year. If you have any issues with Pentabarf, please contact ode-devroom-manager-AT-fosdem.org.

The deadline is Monday, December 5th, 2016. Accepted speakers will be notified by Sunday, December 11th, 2016. The DevRoom schedule will be published on the same day.

Recording Permission

The talks in the Open Document Editors DevRoom will be audio and video recorded, and possibly streamed live too.

In the “Submission notes” field, please indicate that you agree to have your presentation recorded and published under the same license as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY). For example: “If my speech is accepted for FOSDEM, I hereby agree to be recorded and to have recordings - including slides and other presentation related documents - published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 International License. Sincerely, Name”.

Sunday October 16, 2016

Note from a satisfied user: Congratulations for all efforts of the past!

We received the following mail from Mr. Ziegler on the developer mailing list [1] and we want to share it with all of you:

Quote start

I was encouraged to leave my aoo forum post directly in the dev mailing list so that you all can read what I wanted to express. I am not a software developper in any sense--only a user.

Dear developers,

there may be little positive feedback for your work, I guess. So I created an account for the forum (and now subscribed temporarily to dev@aoo) to leave a big THANK YOU!

The  first version I used must have been something like StarOffice 4.3, the  first I owned was SO 5.2, and then I shifted to OpenOffice(.org) when it  introduced the XML file formats. So I am a convinced and longterm user  since then and hardly ever regretted my decision.


OpenOffice  gave me the possibility to mostly do what I wanted to (with writer,  base, calc, impress and draw - in that historic order) in an efficient  way, and the only thing I don't like is, that it always tends towards following  MS Office although it already was better in many ways. I understand that it is  crucial to get as many users as possible, so I acknowledge the decisions  towards MS Office.


What I like most is the long term usability  and stability, and I do not only keep my office files from more than 10  years ago, I also use and re-use them. And if one crashed in the past, I nearly  always could recover them by opening the zip bundle with an (hex) editor.


By that, I  enjoyed the progress in LibreOffice, but didn't really need it. Although  I switched to LibreOffice on some machines, I am always glad that there  is OpenOffice, too. In my eyes, it is the more stable and efficient  branch of the project. This year it was my fallback tool and salvation  in a book project that I started with LO Writer;   I first invested hours to get my pictures back to the place they  belonged to when they got more and more (as others did decades before  with MS Word) and then had to give up as it didn't open the file anymore  without crashing. Apache OpenOffice (standard and portable) solved the problem. It got a nice book, by  the way, for our church jubilee.


So if you get the software  maintained, I will probably continue to use OpenOffice for another 20  years. And I won't switch to DTP software (Scribus) for the next book  project neither like I regularly do for magazines, brochures etc.


OpenOffice is a great, great software, even if it didn't evolve much in the last years! (maybe even: because..)   Powerful enough for both private and standard business use.


Keep patience and persistance!


A very satisfied and content user

Quote end

[1] Archived message in the developer mailing list


Wednesday October 12, 2016

Announcing Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3

12 October 2016 - Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3, now available in 41 languages on Windows, OS X and Linux.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 is a maintenance release incorporating important bug fixes, security fixes, updated dictionaries, and build fixes. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 or earlier are advised to upgrade.

Main improvements include:

  • Key security vulnerability fixes
  • Support for new language dictionaries 
  • Numerous bug fixes, including installer and database support on OS X 
  • Enhancements to the build tools (for developers)

A complete list of the issues fixed in this release can be found at https://s.apache.org/t0wh

For a complete list of available languages and language packs see: http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Details of new features and enhancements in this release are described in th Release Notes.

Those interested in the source code can download it at http://s.apache.org/Bsr.

You are encouraged to subscribe to the Apache OpenOffice announcement mailing list to receive important notifications such as product updates and security patches.  To subscribe you can send an email to:  announce-subscribe-AT-openoffice.apache-DOT-org.

You can also follow the project on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Thursday September 22, 2016

More team-mates needed

American Football Team

At Apache OpenOffice we are looking for further team-mates and here especially for developers:

  • Are you a software developer with C++ skills?
  • Or do you have expertise in building software?
  • Are you additionally experienced as lead technical writer?
  • Do you like to contribute to open source projects?
  • And are you proficient in written technical English?


If this is the case then come and join us in helping Apache OpenOffice to thrive. Subscribe to the recruitment mailing list and introduce yourself. We will help you get started.

All contributions are welcome and valued. Established contributors have the opportunity to become committers at the Apache Software Foundation, and thus get several benefits and the recognition from other community members for the value of their open source contributions.

It doesn't exist as a slogan in 1-2 sentences but the following short statements can be referred to as "The Apache Way":

  • collaborative software development
  • commercial-friendly free and open source license
  • consistently high quality software
  • respectful, honest, technical-based interaction
  • faithful implementation of standards
  • security as a mandatory feature


When you like to work and code independently from any commercial influence, so that you want try your own things, then this is your way - The Apache Way.

Please also visit our "Get involved" webpage as it provides you with much more information.

Happy to hear from you soon.

Tuesday September 20, 2016

Stop the lazy season, start changing

Keep calm and embrace change

It's time to write about new things that happen here in the Apache OpenOffice project.

At first, we want to let you know about new releases. The first will be the bugfix release 4.1.3 that will tie in directly with the current version. It's already in the cooking pot but needs some tasing and refinement before we will serve it. The next will then be the follow-up release 4.1.4 with further fixes.

When you now think "hm, only fixed bugs? Nice, but what about more?" then please be patient. We are also planning a release afterwards with more changes. As these are not finally certain - number as well as size - even the version number is not yet written in stone.

More news will follow. But this needs further blog posts.

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Thursday March 24, 2016

Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates New Sites

Since 2012 SourceForge has been distributing Apache OpenOffice downloads and actively maintaining both Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites. I wrote a couple of short blog posts about the changes that affect end- users.

Extensions that have not been updated in a while report the following message: "Warning message This extension was not updated recently. It might not work with latest versions of OpenOffice." See for example how looks like the old Oracle PDF Importer.

Registered users see an additional notice on unmaintained extensions that allows them to contact the original author and apply for a co-maintainer role. Co-maintainers can edit the extension description and create releases.

Registration emails and password related communications are now delivered in the language chosen by the user. It worth to add that we are more than happy to provide .po files to whoever is willing to help with translations. If need will arise we'll consider the possibility to upload localization files to the Apache Pootle server so that existing translation teams can help and the site can be translated into more than the current three languages (English, French, German).

Recovering passwords has been simplified to cover cases where users had difficulties in resetting their passwords: users receive an email in their language with a simple link to reset their password with no further steps.

Sites have been converted to use a more efficient anti-spam system that will improve handling by extensions maintainers: the system will not trigger anti-spam warnings and page unpublishing when the author modifies a popular extension.

Changes users facing.

The new extensions home has a strong focus on the search box, a brand new logo, and an overall redesigned look and feel, where all menu items have icons for better readability.

The new templates home is similar to the Apache OpenOffice Extensions site, with a similar redesigned look and feel and different colors to highlight which application a given template can be applied to.

The new administrative interface includes a navigation bar at the top for Extensions’ authors that links to the most common actions. We also improved the GUI, making it more intuitive for uploading extensions.

Search has been completely redesigned too. It’s worth mentioning that there are other changes sprinkled here and there, including an alert for outdated extensions that provides an easy way to contact the original author.

Sunday December 06, 2015

Apache OpenOffice at FOSDEM 2016: Submit your talk now

FOSDEM 16 will be held at the ULB Campus Solbosch, Brussels (Belgium) on Saturday, January 30, and Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Open document editors are coming again to FOSDEM with a shared devroom which gives every project in this area a chance to present ODF related developments and innovations. The devroom is jointly organized by Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

We invite submission of talks for the Open Document Editors devroom, to be held on Saturday, January 30, from 10:30AM to 6:30PM.

Length of talks should be limited to 20 minutes, as we would like to have questions after each presentation, and to fit as many presenters as possible in the schedule. Exceptions must be explicitly requested and justified.

Technical talks (code, extensions, localization, QA, tools and adoption related cases) about open document editors or the ODF document format are welcome.

Submissions must be done by the speakers using the Pentabarf system:
https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM16/

While filing your proposal, please provide the title of your talk, a short abstract (one or two paragraphs), some information about yourself (name, bio and photo, but please do remember that your profile might be already stored at Pentabarf) and specify what topic (Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, other ODF editors, ODF in general...) your talk is about.

You do not need to create a new account if you already have one. If the password has been lost, you can easily recover it.

Presenting at FOSDEM implies giving permission to be recorded.  The recordings will be published under the CC-BY license.

The deadline is Monday, December 7, 2015. Accepted speakers will be notified by December 15, 2015.

You can send any questions to the devroom mailing list:
open-document-devroom-AT-lists.fosdem-DOT-org

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Announcing Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

28 October 2015 - The Apache OpenOffice project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of OpenOffice 4.1.2. You can download it from the official website http://www.openoffice.org/download

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 brings stability fixes, bug fixes and enhancements. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 or earlier are advised to upgrade.

Main improvements include:

  • Bug fixes in Writer, Calc, Impress/Draw, Base.
  • Better WebDAV and file locking support: OpenOffice is now able to properly interact with Microsoft Sharepoint. These enhancements were funded, and contributed upstream, by the Emilia-Romagna regional administration (Italy), where OpenOffice was adopted a few years ago.
  • Redesign of the PDF export dialog for better usability on small laptop screens.
  • Updates of underlying libraries, for better performance and increased security.
  • Security vulnerability fixes, with details eventually disclosed at the security announcements page.

A complete list of the issues fixed in this release can be found at http://s.apache.org/9uI

For a complete list of available languages and language packs see: http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Details of new features and enhancements in this release are described in the Release Notes.

Those interested in the source code can download it at http://s.apache.org/Bsr.

You are encouraged to subscribe to the Apache OpenOffice announcement mailing list to receive important notifications such as product updates and security patches.  To subscribe you can send an email to:  announce-subscribe-AT-openoffice.apache-DOT-org.

You can also follow the project on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

The OpenOffice community dedicates version 4.1.2 to the memory of Ian Lynch, a member of the OpenOffice Project Management Committee and a key contributor to marketing and education efforts, who passed away earlier this year.


Sunday September 27, 2015

Coming soon... Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

A new OpenOffice update, version 4.1.2, has been in preparation for a while. Born as a simple bugfix release, it became an occasion for some deep restructuring in the project: several processes have now been streamlined (and some are still in the works), new people are on board and infrastructure has been improved.

Now the wait is almost over, and we are approaching the final phases before the 4.1.2 release. But we still need help with some non-development tasks, like QA and final preparations (press release, release notes and their translation).

 OpenOffice is driven exclusively by volunteers, and everyone is welcome to volunteer. See https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.2 for a list of opportunities and please contact our main development mailing list if interested.

Here's a quick summary of where we are at the moment.

Code and building

Most of the code changes for OpenOffice 4.1.2 have already been integrated. Dozens of old and new developers contributed in recent weeks.

For users, improvements are expected in stability (fixes in all modules: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base), Microsoft interoperability (Sharepoint) and documents import.

For developers, OpenOffice 4.1.2 is designed to be easier to build on modern systems and on non-mainstream systems, thus respecting the Apache OpenOffice mission of providing a solid codebase that people can adapt and customize.

Quality Assurance

We welcome testers for bugfixes. If you can volunteer some time, helping is easy: you will have to download one of our development builds, you will receive a short list of bugs from our bug tracking system and be asked to verify that they are fixed. It is especially important for us to get coverage of all operating systems (so not only Windows, but Mac OS X and Linux too) and all languages (a few bugs are to be checked by native Chinese-Japanese-Korean speakers).

In order to help, please read http://openoffice.apache.org/orientation/intro-qa.html  and contact our QA list as explained there.

Release preparation

We already have volunteers for the main tasks, such as updating the website and preparing the Release Notes. But we could use more help, at due time, for translations of Release Notes and press releases. Please contact our main development mailing list if interested.

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