Apache OpenOffice

Monday Mar 10, 2014

Seeking Beta Testers for Apache OpenOffice 4.1


We're looking for users interested in test driving our new Apache OpenOffice 4.1 Beta Release.   The beta can be downloaded from our website (use the yellow box).

We release Beta versions of OpenOffice to get early feedback from users.  Beta versions may have more bugs than our final GA releases and may not be suitable for tasks which require the highest level of stability. Beta versions are recommended for experienced users who are willing to share their feedback with the OpenOffice project.

The 4.1.0 Beta features:

  • Mac OS X version is now 64-bit and requires OS X version 10.7 or above.
  • Integrated iAccessible2 support, offering better integration with screen readers.
  • Annotations of text ranges in Writer.
  • In-place editing of text fields in Writer.
  • Interactive image crop feature for Impress and Draw.
  • Enhanced support for 3D charts.
  • New language translations:  Bulgarian, Danish, Hindi, Norwegian BokmÃ¥l and Thai.
  • Many bug fixes and smaller improvements as detailed in the Release Notes.

Bug reports can be entered in our Bugzilla database at: https://issues.apache.org/ooo/.  Questions and other feedback, good or bad, can be sent to our users mailing list at users@openoffice.apache.org.

After you have tried the Beta for a while we welcome your feed back via our 4.1 Beta Survey.


Thanks in advance to our Beta Testers!

Comments:

I have installed the beta, and will be testing both with jaws and Nvda. It will be hard to know if accessibility problems is caused by mistakes in Open Office or Jaws or Nvda is we need a way to discuss experiences that may be more related to screen reader users than general Open Office problems.

Posted by Claus Thøgersen on March 13, 2014 at 08:48 AM UTC #

Need to simplify the package. Siphon off apps like Base into an Add-On Package. Remove Java Dependencies. There is too much junk in this Office Suite that is not easily disablable or easy to avoid installing. Still too much stuff is dependent on Java. Should have some sort of option to OMIT Java-dependent components. Still paying for office by the month because the OpenOfffice Installer and Apps is not so great and still depends on Java for stuff, and LibreOffice can't even open a file without crashing on my PC.

Posted by Anonymous User on March 19, 2014 at 02:04 AM UTC #

I like open office I like the fact it is free because I live on a pension and can't afford other programs. I like how it works, ease of use. All the things you can add to the program. User friendly works like a charm each and every time I use it.

Posted by Sharon Barrett on March 19, 2014 at 09:06 PM UTC #

I installled the 4.1 beta on a new HP Envy 17 touchsmart 12 GB RAM and 1TB HDD running Windows 8.1 x64 . After installation it shows up on the Desktop and I pinned it to the Start screen where I moved the tile to a convenient location, But when I tapped the tile to open it all that happened was a very fast flash midscreen and a change to the Desktop screen. No sign of AOO 4.1. I tried it again using the icon on the Desktop and again got just a half second or less flash of an opening window for AOO. I will try to install AOO 4.0.1 on this computer and see how it behaves.

Posted by Art Lepley on March 22, 2014 at 04:07 PM UTC #

I just spent 2 hours trialing the beta in half screen with 4.01 open in the other half screen. Can't tell the difference between the two. Things that seem obvious but never get changed: More fonts. More clipart. Search function for clip art. Higher quality looking UI. I offer Open Office to every college student who comes through my office and they always say the same thing: it looks cheap - I don't trust it not to crash and lose my work. I've used Open Office for 6 years and I know it is stable and has awesome recovery features... but for some reason the interface never seems to look high quality. My suggestion: Find graphic designers to overhaul every icon, create new fonts, and develop more clipart. Take a break from trying to compete with features available in MS Office and look the part. Awesome software. Works AMAZING. Just doesn't look the part.

Posted by Tom H. on March 22, 2014 at 08:45 PM UTC #

Things that seem obvious but never get changed. More fonts. More clipart. Search function for clip art. Higher quality looking UI. I offer Open Office to every college student who comes through my office and they always say the same thing: it looks cheap - I don't trust it not to crash and lose my work. For some reason the interface never seems to look high quality. My suggestion: Find graphic designers to overhaul every icon, create new fonts, and develop more clipart. Take a break from trying to compete with features available in MS Office and look the part.

Posted by Tom H. on March 22, 2014 at 08:48 PM UTC #

My suggestion: Find graphic designers to overhaul every icon, create new fonts, and develop more clipart. Take a break from trying to compete with features available in and look the part.

Posted by Tom H. on March 22, 2014 at 08:48 PM UTC #

I save a lot of Writer files in doc format. Currently, I have access only to obsolete versions of Word. I hope 4.1 will give me access to later versions.

Posted by Judy Shepherd on March 24, 2014 at 09:26 PM UTC #

I have downloaded Office 4. but even though it shows in my download files, I cannot access it.

Posted by Beverly Martiniano on March 27, 2014 at 01:58 PM UTC #

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