Apache OpenOffice

Tuesday Oct 01, 2013

Announcing Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

[Bob Burman, race car driver]  (LOC)

The Apache OpenOffice project (formerly OpenOffice.org) is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Apache 4.0.1.  Building upon the success of our award-winning Apache OpenOffice 4.0 release, which was well-received by both users and reviewers, the 4.0.1 maintenance update brings new translations, performance enhancements and bug fixes. 

You can download OpenOffice 4.0.1 from our download page

New translations introduced in this release are:  Basque,  Khmer, Lithuanian, Polish, Serbian Cyrillic, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.   It is an important part of our Public Service Mission to support, with help from our translation volunteers, minority and regional languages that are typically ignored by commercial vendors.   We now ship OpenOffice in 32 languages.  With your help we could support many more. 

This update also includes many bug fixes, including performance fixes.  For example, one common scenario saving Microsoft Excel files was sped up 230%.   A repaint issue reported by several 4.0.0 users was fixed.  In general the most common issues reported by 4.0.0 users are fixed in this update.  A full list of changes can be found in the Release Notes.   

In parallel with work on 4.0.1 the project has also been working on 4.1.0 items.  Although no date has been set for this release, areas of focus include:  improved interoperability with Microsoft Office, integration of IAccesible2 accessibility support, and (of course) new translations and bug fixes.

Comments:

And it's still not packaged in the popular Linux distributions… At least you guys could offer a repository yourself instead of just hosting RPM files without repo metadata.

Posted by SuperKK on October 01, 2013 at 02:32 PM UTC #

Congratulations boys! It's true that the version 4.0 had some bugs, and the performance was worse than in the former. That's why I had to uninstall it and reinstall 3.4.1, but I think you're doing a very good job, you're in the right way. I wish a brilliant future to our OpenOffice. Bye!

Posted by Anonymous on October 01, 2013 at 05:08 PM UTC #

Installed this new version. It wiped my task bar and will not use my default printer. Wish I could go back to previous version.

Posted by R E on October 05, 2013 at 12:15 AM UTC #

I found a few things that outdated OpenOffice 4.0.1 . version. One of the help: Version number and the number of assembling (build ) 1 Choose Help - About the Office Open menu command. This opens a dialog box containing information about the program . 2 For more information, hold down the Ctrl key and press the SDT letters in a row. Of the version number and the build up (build ) is printed at the beginning . This is followed by a list of developers . If you want to cancel the printout of the front end , you can press the Esc key. The second point is out of date. The keyboard shortcut . Tools> Settings> Internet > Search> Alta Vista ( This search terminated) . Tools> Options > Open and Save > HTML compatibility > Export> Netscape Navigator (discontinued browser) and HTML 3.2 (it was a long time ago ) Firefox is good ... I hope the next version is taken out of these old things.

Posted by Mészáros Tamás on October 05, 2013 at 06:59 PM UTC #

Is there any chance to see OpenOffice 4.x for Solaris 11 x86 platform?

Posted by Victor on October 06, 2013 at 12:02 PM UTC #

Congratulations!! it's a swift (and huge!) bugfixing, and now AOO v4 is (almost;) flawless... Great work! Kudos to all your great team!

Posted by abelinux on October 06, 2013 at 01:01 PM UTC #

Love this !

Posted by Rahul on October 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM UTC #

I currently have 3.4.1, can I upgrade to 4.0, and still read documents from 3.4.1. I did install 4.0 on my home computer, which did not have any other word processor on Windows 7. I am very pleased so far. Thank you for your service.

Posted by Sharon Wallace on October 07, 2013 at 04:04 PM UTC #

Congrats.. now i can try newer openoffice technology, this is a great tools very useful for me Thankyou so much

Posted by Hengki on October 11, 2013 at 07:02 AM UTC #

I installed OpenOffice 4.0.1 today and haven't explored it fully. Apart from being a bit slow to start up and using incompatible formatting in exchanging clipboard text with my old Eudora v5 mail client, I had only one real complaint about the old version 3.4.1. That complaint was of OO's refusal to read Microsoft Word .docx files that arrive by email bearing only the extension .doc. OK, I know that's Microsoft's fault but standing on principle hurts every OpenOffice user who tears their hair as I do when they attempt to open such a file and get the message that it is corrupt. Perhaps some of us have not even twigged that such files are not corrupt, just named wrongly. So gleefully I tried OO4 thinking that by now surely somebody in the Apache camp had encountered this problem and simply fixed it by a patch examining the header of a file marked .doc to see if it should be .docx? Now alas we all know the answer... complete ignoral of the problem. When, oh when, will somebody FIX IT?

Posted by Murray Scott on October 14, 2013 at 08:59 AM UTC #

I installed OpenOffice 4.0.1 today and haven't explored it fully. Apart from being a bit slow to start up and using incompatible formatting in exchanging clipboard text with my old Eudora v5 mail client, I had only one complaint about the old version 3.4.1. That complaint was of OO's refusal to read Microsoft Word .docx files that arrive by email bearing only the extension .doc. OK, I know that's Microsoft's fault but it must enrage every OpenOffice user when they attempt to open such a file and get the message that it is corrupt. Perhaps some of us have not even twigged that OpenOffice opens these perfectly if they are renamed .docx? So gleefully I tried OO4 thinking that by now surely somebody in the Apache camp had encountered this problem and simply fixed it with a patch examining the header of any file marked .doc to see if it should be .docx? Now alas we all know the answer... complete ignoral of the problem. When, oh when, will somebody FIX IT?

Posted by Murray Scott on October 14, 2013 at 09:04 AM UTC #

sweet software, im now using AOO, it has all the functions i need on my daily work.... just keep upgrading....

Posted by Ryan Gopaoco on October 14, 2013 at 01:43 PM UTC #

Apache Open Office cannot reproduce or save MS doc or docx documents that have tables in the endnotes. Also can you add navigation buttons that will jump back to the previous viewed footnote/endnote/cross reference. MS Office has this feature which is very useful when editing complex document.

Posted by David Schmidt on October 17, 2013 at 06:37 AM UTC #

I use MS Office since the first versions of Word and Exel.I did a second attempt to change into OpenOffice becaus the development direction of MS is simply not convincing to me. After short trial period I can say: OO Writer is a good replacement for Word, OO Calc not yet one for Excel. A lot of functions need either more mouse-clicks (eg background color, copying a selected content) or do work very differently (eg you do not allow copying contents to not simply connected cells). I hope very much for an improvement before MS drops the support for Office 2003 completely.

Posted by Ulrich B. Noelpp on October 19, 2013 at 08:19 AM UTC #

Very happy with this update. Had to use LibreOffice due to some bugs and perfomance issues with 4.0. But LibreOffice maintainers changed some Calcs behaviour to match one from MS Excel (copy-past, area selection etc.), what was complitely out of what I used to and extremely annoyed me... Now I'm with OO again. Thank You guys!!!

Posted by Pavlo on October 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM UTC #

Having used vesrion 3 and 4.0 it was a natural to upgrade to 4.0.1 but I noticed I got a message during the installation to advise that certain add-ons were being disabled. One of these turns out to have been Norton toolbar on IE 11.0. The vault app which stores user ID and passwords for the various websites requiring you to sign in is extremely useful and I am finding it difficult now to login to these websites.. Are you planning a fix in the near future or do I have to uninstall and reinstall version 4.0 where it worked perfectly?

Posted by Ian Fulcher on October 27, 2013 at 01:16 PM UTC #

Robweir, you are pleased to announce and we are pleased to know about this release. Thanks for putting an effort to give us the best update. Keep it up!

Posted by Bolee on October 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM UTC #

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