Apache OpenOffice

Thursday August 23, 2012

Announcing Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1

Launch of Friendship 7

Apache OpenOfficeâ„¢ 3.4.1 launches, with more languages, improved performance and stability.

(This announcement is also available in Italian, French, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.)

The Apache OpenOffice project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1, the latest release of the free and open community-developed productivity suite.  This maintenance release builds upon the success of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0, which has been downloaded over 12 million times by users in 228 countries, and adds further language support, platform compatibility, performance enhancements and bug fixes.  OpenOffice 3.4.1 can be downloaded now from http://www.openoffice.org/download/ or by going to the the Help/Check for Updates dialog within OpenOffice 3.4 or 3.3.

Apache OpenOffice (formerly OpenOffice.org) is undergoing incubation at Apache.

Complete details for the contents of the 3.4.1 release can be found in the release notes.  Highlights include:

  • New support for Khmer, Finnish, British English, Slovenian and Slovak languages.   The Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian translations have also been improved.  Along with US English, German, Japanese, Czech, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Gallician and Arabic, this brings the number of languages supported to 20.
  • Support for Microsoft Windows XP up to Windows 8 (32-bit), Linux 32-bit and 64-bit, and Apple Mac OS, including Mountain Lion.  New to this release are compatibility fixes for improved operation in Microsoft Windows 8.
  • Enhancements in performance, interoperability and security
  • Fixes for 69 bugs reported by users.
  • Community members are also working on BSD, Solaris and OS/2 ports.  More information can be found on our OpenOffice Porting Project page

Apache OpenOffice users also have access to broad ecosystem of 3rd party enhancements. The newly renovated Extensions and Templates websites, re-engineered and hosted by SourceForge, currently feature 2388 templates and 628 extensions.

    Future Releases and Invitation to Submit Ideas

    In parallel with work on the Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 maintenance release, project members have also been working on changes for the 3.5 release.  Areas of focus for 3.5 include: improved MS Office interoperability, performance, stability, usability and support of additional languages.  We are targeting the first quarter of 2013 for Apache OpenOffice 3.5.0.

    A major update, Apache OpenOffice 4.0, will follow, including additional features and improvements merged in from the the IBM Lotus Symphony code recently contributed to Apache.  There is also opportunity in this release to think "outside of the box" and bring additional innovation.

    As a project we are starting to brainstorm about what could be possible in Apache OpenOffice 4.0.  We invite OpenOffice users, community members and other interested parties to join us in this process, to help make version 4.0 the kind of radical success that version 1.0 was over a decade ago.  We're using Google Moderator to collect and rate ideas.   Please join us and share your ideas.


    Apache OpenOffice is a community-run open source project.  The Apache OpenOffice project welcomes new volunteers in all project-related disciplines, including coding, QA, UI design, translation/localization, documentation, web design, and marketing.  If you are interested in volunteering, you can send an email to our public mailing list, at ooo-dev-AT-incubator.apache.org.   Introduce yourself and tell us what you would be interested in doing. 

    For more information

    More information on the Apache OpenOffice product can be found at our website, www.openoffice.org.

    To be added to a mailing list for official OpenOffice-related announcements, send an email to ooo-announce-subscribe-AT-incubator.apache.org. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Identi.ca and Google+.


    Am I the only one with problems installing 3.4.1 in a Windows 7 environment. Installation sw finds another copy of 3.4.1 already running that is not the case. I do have 3.4 installed but not running

    Posted by Nap on August 23, 2012 at 05:58 PM UTC #

    I like it.

    Posted by Ursula Hartel on August 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM UTC #

    This is a good trial for using this software.

    Posted by Priscilla Yu on August 24, 2012 at 02:59 AM UTC #

    I cannot get the latest version to accept JRE7, hence tha Spell Checker and help files fail to work. I have tried to get JRE7 or any update of JRE but to no avail Tony Lyons

    Posted by Anthony Lyons on August 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM UTC #

    open office is easy to oprate

    Posted by umaji on August 25, 2012 at 07:21 AM UTC #

    Greatest thing since slice bread.

    Posted by mikemerholz@yahoo.com on August 25, 2012 at 01:47 PM UTC #

    trying it out for the 1st time

    Posted by patrick on August 25, 2012 at 02:24 PM UTC #

    Is government a business? I have been told that Open Office cannot be installed on computers at a senior citizen center because the center is owned and run by the city. That the center is therefore a government facility and that the eula for Open Office precludes the use of Open Office on senior citizen center computers i.e. Open Office cannot be used in a "business facility" with out a contract for business use (fees and charges are implied). This argument does not seem correct to me. Am I missing something regarding Apache Open Office and open source?

    Posted by royce wyrick on August 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM UTC #

    ummm... Mac OS 10.8.1(mountain lion) won't open the app cos it wasn't downloaded from the mac app store; how now? :(

    Posted by um_berto on August 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM UTC #

    Hi Royce, Apache OpenOffice is "open source software". There is no charge or fee to use it. It is free for everyone to use. The Apache Software Foundation is a nonprofit corporation and we publish free software for the public good. That is what we do. You can read more here: http://www.apache.org/free/ Or feel free to have whoever manages your Senior Center contact us and we'd be happy to put his/her mind at ease on this point. Regards, -Rob

    Posted by Rob Weir on August 25, 2012 at 06:58 PM UTC #

    Ribbon interface please :)

    Posted by misha on August 25, 2012 at 07:37 PM UTC #

    I like this office product very much :-) :-)

    Posted by Arild Folkvord on August 25, 2012 at 09:37 PM UTC #

    Great program

    Posted by Trevor Williams on August 26, 2012 at 12:59 AM UTC #

    It was by chance that I looked at your web page and discovered this release. If this page had links for Google+ or Twitter it would allow others to help you get the word out. Congratulations on the release of 3.4.1!

    Posted by Toby Knudsen on August 26, 2012 at 03:55 AM UTC #

    This version starts much faster. Very nice.

    Posted by floyd on August 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM UTC #

    Unable to create a page 2+ with the html writer, expecting Enter+Ctrl. No problem with regular text. Have not downloaded version 3.4.1 . . .

    Posted by Ken on August 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM UTC #

    First of all, let me say that I love OpenOffice. I am having problems getting it to recognize my browser. I am on a Mac and I use Safari as my default browser. I can't download any of the new extensions from OpenOffice. When I click on the download notice, I get a message that says: "Error while installing extension writer2epub.oxst. The error message is: an error occured during file opening. The extension will not be installed." - or - I get a message that says: "OpenOffic.org could not find a web browser on you system. Please check your Desktop Preferences or install a web browser (for example, Mozilla) in the default location requested during the browser installation." Not sure what to do and can't find any answers in your forums. Can you help?

    Posted by Pat Hatherly on August 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM UTC #

    I am the only one that cannot download 3.4.1 with OS Mountain Lion for mac? Please let me know if there is a fix for this?

    Posted by Leon W. Grant on August 27, 2012 at 02:47 AM UTC #

    In OpenOffice.org Calc number of characters in formulas no more than 512. In Mocrosoft Office Excell number of characters in formulas is unlimited. Some applications need big number of character in formulas. Thanks!

    Posted by Vitaliy on August 27, 2012 at 07:40 AM UTC #

    this will be my first time using it and i pray that it will help me with school work with all the papers i have to write. I think i seen something about math on here is it true?

    Posted by Janice Mahan on August 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM UTC #

    I cannot upgrade to 3.4.1 simply because the download link on your official page still points to the old 3.4.0 version. There's no where I can download it from. Even the check-for-updates window redirects me to the same download spot on your website.

    Posted by Petko on August 27, 2012 at 03:36 PM UTC #

    Polish Language PLEASE :)

    Posted by Furuichi on August 27, 2012 at 07:35 PM UTC #

    Re: Installing on OS X Mountain Line. This is from the release notes (which everyone should read before installing a program) at http://www.openoffice.org/development/releases/3.4.1.html Known Issues Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0 and 3.4.1 will be flagged by the new Gatekeeper facility in OS X Mountain Lion. This is a new feature to help guard against malware on Mac systems. There is a procedure laid out at the following link to allow applications not installed from the Mac App store to run. See the article at Mac support at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5290.

    Posted by Larry Gusaas on August 27, 2012 at 07:37 PM UTC #

    cannot get new version to download. always stops at 46%. pause button is greyed out so cannot pause and resume.

    Posted by robyn on August 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM UTC #

    I have published two book using OpenOffice. The largest is 280 pages. The printer did an excellent job from my text sent as a PDF file. Page and graphic stability was a problem. If I left a graphic anchored to a page it spread across the whole document. Attaching it to a paragraph was stable. Some helpful changes if they have not been made. Show the grid scale values on menu bar. Also, show scales of objects on bottom panel. Would be nice to be able to crop all graphic types. Mouse screen crossings are a problem. Keep the drive active ON Wheel as long as the drive is active. I lost two DVD backup disk and I think it was because I tried to save again while the DVD drive was still active on a previous save. This may be a Microsoft Wonder 7 problem, They screwed up the user interface and left out many possible features. Thanks

    Posted by Everette L. Wampler on August 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM UTC #

    Quero conhecer e utilizar o Office Apache

    Posted by on August 28, 2012 at 01:37 AM UTC #

    i'm still having the same problem since version 3.3 with regards to custom paper size. printing in letter and a4 is fine, but with custom size like 8.5" x 13", OOo reverts it back to a4.

    Posted by Rey on August 28, 2012 at 05:37 AM UTC #

    Where do I download the new version from? It's still the old version on the main site.

    Posted by Petko on August 28, 2012 at 02:21 PM UTC #

    thank you

    Posted by joe on August 28, 2012 at 02:26 PM UTC #


    Posted by 'Steven Sindi on August 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM UTC #

    Can't wait to start useing this

    Posted by Kim Goetz on August 28, 2012 at 06:58 PM UTC #

    I thank you for letting me use yuor microsoft word and excell

    Posted by Delender White on August 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM UTC #

    I like your products

    Posted by Martir Delgado on August 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM UTC #

    I thank you for letting me use yuor microsoft word and excell

    Posted by Delender White on August 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM UTC #

    My First use in windows ! Ribbon interface please ! I hope i will like it !

    Posted by Arash on August 29, 2012 at 05:37 AM UTC #

    good to use.

    Posted by rajesh on August 29, 2012 at 05:41 AM UTC #

    Also having same problems with JRE7 as Tony Lyons in above comments

    Posted by Duane Larson on August 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM UTC #

    very good to use

    Posted by hansen on August 31, 2012 at 04:18 AM UTC #

    is this 3.4.1 that i am downloading a full think to use not a trail? need to know asap really

    Posted by keeley on August 31, 2012 at 04:32 PM UTC #

    Good things where a certain amount of human capital is spend on, deserve also a certain reasonable reward for this I think. Although this reward then still doesn't need go directly to the developers. This could also be for example a foundation that supports the availability of affortable qualitative sw or that support the technical development of people less fortunate or lucky along us on the earth. So is in this way what Open Office offers today, FOR FREE, in relation to a billion organisation like Microsoft offering since 20 years for a salty price with little improvements over those 20 years: FANTASTIC! An amazing achievement of humanity for humanity.

    Posted by Paco on August 31, 2012 at 06:26 PM UTC #

    I think it downloaded to my computer but do not any run place to check. What do I do now as still have old version. Kenneth

    Posted by Kenneth on August 31, 2012 at 08:28 PM UTC #

    OpenOffice Ribbon like MS Office 2007/2010

    Posted by Roy on September 01, 2012 at 02:27 AM UTC #

    FontWork Vertical

    Posted by Jack on September 01, 2012 at 02:31 AM UTC #

    Fantastic office suite. Truly does more than I could imagine. Excellent compatability, always stable and intuitive. Ethically, nothing can touch it. This is a 'peoples' office suite. Thank you.

    Posted by Matt Bowman on September 01, 2012 at 07:02 AM UTC #

    royce: On the Mac you have to Control-Open it when it is not from the AppleStore.

    Posted by Jordi on September 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM UTC #


    Posted by yama sabawoon on September 01, 2012 at 06:32 PM UTC #

    compatibility on the internet is as important as anything >> microsoft and other big corps think they can make more money by releasing upgrades that are not compatible with previous( ie .doc vs .docx ) THESE are just monentary vehicles. OPEN OFFICE is a model of compatibility and <<even though I can provide copies of MS_OFFICE2010>> I recommend OPEN OFFICE and I point out why it is better (not just Free) one big point is the example of the compatibility of OFFICE2003 vs OFFICE2007

    Posted by Tsvar Tjolisjic on September 02, 2012 at 05:32 PM UTC #

    i have used open office before , but i like the upgrade ::

    Posted by MICHAEL HOUSER on September 04, 2012 at 05:17 AM UTC #

    sounds good

    Posted by lloyd skelding on September 04, 2012 at 02:54 PM UTC #

    Great update! Been using OpenOffice for years. Maybe think cloud storage options

    Posted by Steve on September 05, 2012 at 02:19 AM UTC #

    I hope this 3.4 works well. At this time I cannot afford the Moicrosoft word and my college tells me that I might have to use a .doc for a dociment i upload. What wil the file ending say if I save docs in this new software?

    Posted by Darvin on September 05, 2012 at 05:18 AM UTC #

    When will the be a Hebrew Language Pack for Openoffice for Mac (Intel)? I hope it will be soon!

    Posted by Frankb on September 05, 2012 at 02:24 PM UTC #

    I've been a user for 4ish years and find it as useful as Word and even provides options for Word formats. I recently purchased a new computer and look forward to downloading the latest version.

    Posted by Rob Cope on September 07, 2012 at 09:54 PM UTC #

    you know not everyone is a geek if you want a normal person to use this better not splash geek lingo in the filename etc like wtf is incubating, ok, guess that means like, what ? beta or wtf ... just some feedback ...

    Posted by hunh on September 08, 2012 at 07:02 AM UTC #

    Keep going. OpenOffice.org is the best!!!!!

    Posted by Gunkhas on September 08, 2012 at 10:31 AM UTC #

    Great program, but I can't get it to print. Says "could not start printer - check your printer configuration

    Posted by Les on September 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM UTC #

    Vitally on Aug 27 Here is a work-around: break the formula that requires more than 512 characters into parts. Example: break A5=A1*A2*A3*A4 into B1=A1*A2; B2=A3*A4 and A5=B1*B2. Put the new cells in an off-screen column, row or new tab (name it Work-around?).

    Posted by David Dillon on September 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM UTC #

    I have downloaded version 3.4.1 and tried to install it several times with no success. It gets to the screen that says it is unpacking the file and then quits. I am using Win7 and have not had any problems with installing any of the previous versions. What's wrong?

    Posted by Thomas Clem, Sr on September 14, 2012 at 02:09 AM UTC #

    the program is very good

    Posted by serafim Abudala on September 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM UTC #

    iCloud support would be nice.

    Posted by Benimation on September 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM UTC #

    Probably not the first to ask, but how about an e-mail client similar to Outlook?

    Posted by Glen on September 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM UTC #

    Are there more fonts that one can download? I don't see any site for this. Please help

    Posted by Mary Moreland on September 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM UTC #

    I would love it if we could have the Norwegian language version (both writing norms, "Bokmål" and "Nynorsk", as separate "languages") sometime soon :)

    Posted by Even on September 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM UTC #

    Croatian (Hrvatski) Language,if possible. PLEASE...

    Posted by Zec on September 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM UTC #

    All is well. I like the very well. Keep up the good work!!!! Regards, Ed

    Posted by E M Pearson on September 20, 2012 at 03:33 AM UTC #

    This is 1000% more awesome than Numbers. I tried to import an Excel spreadsheet into Numbers and it ended up deleting all formulae, formatting, and protection - what's the point?! OpenOffice imported it without a hiccup! Mac App Store: I want my money back so that I can donate it to OpenOffice development.

    Posted by George Ly on September 20, 2012 at 05:38 PM UTC #

    this is program is the best

    Posted by kat on September 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM UTC #

    @Glen .... thought we all had Thunderbird with Lightning Calendar and Provider installed. To me it's a more useful email client than Outlook.

    Posted by Raver on September 22, 2012 at 01:01 AM UTC #

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