Apache OpenOffice

Tuesday April 29, 2014

The Apache OpenOffice project announce the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.1

Improvements to graphics, charts, forms, text annotations and accessibility feature in this 23rd release of the 14-year old community-run open source project

29 April 2014– The Apache OpenOffice project, a Top Level Project (TLP) of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), announced today the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.1, now available for free download from http://www.openoffice.org.  A highlight of this release is support for the IAccessible2 interface, an open standard for communicating with assistive technologies, enabling more effective use of OpenOffice by persons with visual impairments. Other additions to OpenOffice 4.1 include in-place editing of text fields, interactive crop on transformed graphics, text selection annotations, support for 64-bit Mac and translations for six new languages.

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.  Apache OpenOffice has been downloaded over 100 million times.  It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

"After a long wait, OpenOffice 4.1 is finally released!" said Marlin Rodrigues from Brazil.  Marlin is one of the early testers of OpenOffice 4.1 as well as a translator of the NVDA screen reader into Portuguese.   "This release has great significance for blind people, representing much more than a simple application update. This update will bring long-awaited support for IAccessible2. This means that we will finally have a free, accessible and quality office suite, without relying on the infamous Java Access Bridge!  I’ve tested the development and beta versions, and it’s so good in several ways. Finally, we can say that we have the a great office application, with full accessibility and, even better, without hacking or paying a fortune for it!"  

David Goldfield, a Computer Technology Instructor who works with the blind, and who also helped test OpenOffice 4.1, explained the significance of IAccessible2:  "Computer users who are blind use software packages known as screen readers, which allow the user not only to hear keys which are typed but also to use the keyboard to read and review everything which is on the screen.  Before OpenOffice 4.1, a blind user could use OpenOffice only if the Java Access bridge was installed and enabled.  In addition, the user had to navigate to OpenOffice's accessibility options to ensure that the built-in assistive technology support was enabled.  For some users, performing these tasks was a challenge.  With the new IAccessible2 code, OpenOffice should be accessible to screen readers right out-of-the-box, right when the program starts.  Blind users with a screen reader that supports IAccessible2 will be able to access documents, spreadsheets as well as items which are in the menus and various dialog boxes without the need to manually enable accessibility or install any additional components."

Along with feature additions and enhancements, OpenOffice 4.1 includes six new translations, including Bulgarian, Hebrew, Danish, Hindi, Norwegian Bokmål and Thai, as well as improvements to the existing Basque, Dutch, German, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish translations.

These and many other enhancements are detailed in the Release Notes.

Availability and Oversight

As with all Apache products, Apache OpenOffice is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases.  To learn how to become involved with Apache OpenOffice, visit http://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1 can be downloaded from http://www.openoffice.org/download.  OpenOffice supports Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux, in 38 languages.  Users are encouraged to consult the System Requirements and Release Notes for additional details.

About Apache OpenOffice

"Apache" and "OpenOffice" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.   Follow Apache OpenOffice on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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Thanks for this great release, but system requirements for Mac are confused. Here it says 10.4 to 10.9 : http://www.openoffice.org/porting/mac/ And here 10.7 and more : http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/sys_reqs_aoo41.html In fact it is not possible to launch AOO4.1 on one of my machines : a MacBook (Late 2007 Core 2 Duo/Santa Rosa). Best

Posted by Ulysse on May 02, 2014 at 04:51 PM UTC #

Apache Open Office is pretty good.

Posted by R. Pegues II on May 02, 2014 at 07:17 PM UTC #

Just perfect software!

Posted by Drita on May 05, 2014 at 05:22 PM UTC #

Thank you so much for the free open ware, it helps a lot for me and my family because we cant afford to buy the microsoft sofware because we are poor.

Posted by shallee chong on May 06, 2014 at 03:59 AM UTC #

open office is fine product

Posted by Harshad oza on May 06, 2014 at 10:36 AM UTC #

Thank you for the effort to make OpenOffice even better!!!

Posted by Henrique Thomas Franco on May 06, 2014 at 05:24 PM UTC #

do I need to uninstall the previous one ? I have windows 8.1 thank you.

Posted by chet on May 07, 2014 at 01:17 AM UTC #

Formula overflow occurs when the total number of internal tokens exceeds 512. This is a serious limitation for the spreadsheets I construct. Consideration ought to be given to increase the limit to 4096. The total number of columns in the spreadsheet currently limited to 1024. This too is a serious limitation. The columns limit ought to be raised to 4096. The modifications to Calc mentioned above are overdue. I've been waiting almost four years for the enhancements to occur. The improvements will help in the construction of truly complex spreadsheets in finance and predictive science. Thank you. Mira

Posted by Mira Martin on May 07, 2014 at 05:06 AM UTC #

Congratulations for new upgrade. Still improvements on following points are very much needed - 1) Different header and footer for different pages - Present system is extremely complex 2) Transition of files from MS Power point to Open Office Presentation is not smooth. Many shapes, text boxes, font sizes gets distorted 3) In text documents , editing of inserted images is very complex. Many a times if same document is reopened then it is noticed that shapes, images alignments are distorted.

Posted by Ravi Ranade on May 08, 2014 at 11:26 AM UTC #


Posted by thierry Drot on May 08, 2014 at 05:33 PM UTC #

Hyvä kirjoitusohjelma!

Posted by Teuvo Nyberg on May 09, 2014 at 11:10 AM UTC #

excellent software,cheers

Posted by K B shaha on May 09, 2014 at 04:59 PM UTC #

The new build is crashing every time I get more than a page of words in it. Unusable. Mac version.

Posted by Justin Coke on May 09, 2014 at 05:19 PM UTC #

I use only openoffice

Posted by Karanam Ramakumar on May 10, 2014 at 09:16 AM UTC #

I think I will like this program Apache OpenOffice I have been using openoffice for a number of year. Thank George

Posted by george marshall on May 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM UTC #

very good and useable application

Posted by sanjay on May 11, 2014 at 07:03 AM UTC #

My 3... versions have crashed - when and where can I download a Danish version 4.1.0

Posted by Andr. Mehlsen Laustsen on May 11, 2014 at 01:25 PM UTC #

I have used OO for years (saves space for storing docs, cross-platform, easy), but 4.10 did not put icon on desktop. The name and some sort of random item is there in its place. Why no icon?

Posted by S H Rawe on May 11, 2014 at 04:43 PM UTC #

Going to give it a try thank you Frank

Posted by Frank Kovilaritch Jr on May 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM UTC #

thank you

Posted by lior kravitz on May 12, 2014 at 04:55 AM UTC #


Posted by HEARTRICH on May 12, 2014 at 08:37 AM UTC #

This new verson is unstable. It has crashed several times while working on text documents. The first time, when I was saving the document in word format, it was unable to recover the document despite multiple tries. Fortunately I had several earlier versions backed up in dropbox and was able to open a previous version so I didn't lose too much. It has crashed again several times, but when I save the docs in odt format at least they appear to be recoverable. (NB I am running it under Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium edition on an AMD FX-6530 six core machine.)

Posted by David Kessler on May 12, 2014 at 04:14 PM UTC #

fantastic :)

Posted by bob on May 13, 2014 at 08:33 AM UTC #

I think this is good

Posted by alan on May 13, 2014 at 04:20 PM UTC #

I've created a database with a lot of photos! Why does it take so long to shut down & crashes sometimes!

Posted by Alan Buton on May 13, 2014 at 05:22 PM UTC #

is a great software

Posted by Dulce Rodriguez Morales on May 13, 2014 at 08:59 PM UTC #

I hope you made creating envelops a lot easier.

Posted by Ed Echerd on May 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM UTC #

Awesome job! keep it up!

Posted by on May 14, 2014 at 08:58 AM UTC #

Yay... great job!!!!

Posted by Ravi on May 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM UTC #

We appreciate the free download ! An excellent product!!!

Posted by Adam Orhun on May 14, 2014 at 09:44 PM UTC #

Absolutely awesome! All the great features one expects plus all new ones. I love it. Thank you dev team at Apache openoffice!

Posted by MikeB on May 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM UTC #

Like them improvements.

Posted by Edgar on May 15, 2014 at 03:25 AM UTC #

In addition to being unstable, it does not save html files correctly. When I try to save a .doc file that has a mixture of centred and left justified text, it centers all the text. I cannot find a way to work around this. I am not trolling, I am trying to draw your attention to a genuine problem.

Posted by David Kessler on May 15, 2014 at 09:44 AM UTC #

I am pleasure to use openoffice. for freedom

Posted by Nam Gi-Hwa on May 16, 2014 at 03:01 AM UTC #

Very happy with this software!!

Posted by Kenny Chiang on May 17, 2014 at 06:33 PM UTC #


Posted by THOMAS WHEELAND, JR on May 17, 2014 at 07:11 PM UTC #

please can you unsubscribe me?

Posted by on May 18, 2014 at 12:22 AM UTC #

Thank you for this help... I going crazy trying to email docs that can't be seen or read if in case something got through

Posted by Nancy Maldonado on May 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM UTC #

Thank you

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Posted by alfred cheung on May 18, 2014 at 08:17 AM UTC #

I need help to download this

Posted by Paola on May 18, 2014 at 06:36 PM UTC #

Can't connect to access databases, even though it says it can. (Fails 100%, both on .accdb files.) Copying tables over fails because system defaults to a 50 character limit on text fields, even if the existing data is longer, instead of detecting the max length, or just using the standard 255 character default for text fields. Native database file format is not zipped .xml files; instead uses proprietary file type. C# apparently doesn't exist for you folks. C++ library useless. No simple database access code for coding your own programs to pull data out of a database. Documentation/wiki pages full of 404 so you can't actually find out what the file formats are.

Posted by Jared Kreft on May 19, 2014 at 02:46 PM UTC #

no comment

Posted by on May 19, 2014 at 03:54 PM UTC #

A very good package. I use it for all my office work

Posted by Alan Kennedy on May 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM UTC #

Welche Audio Datei ist erforderlich für eine Powerpoint Vertonung weil eine "WAV-Datei" wie bei anderen normalen Powerpoint Versionen nicht funktioniert ?

Posted by Gerhard Schmidjörg on May 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM UTC #

support openoffice!

Posted by Herman on May 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM UTC #

this program is very great and helpful

Posted by pierre on May 20, 2014 at 07:34 PM UTC #


Posted by kim on May 21, 2014 at 06:33 AM UTC #

I glade

Posted by artem on May 21, 2014 at 09:34 AM UTC #

It good

Posted by potpong piyadirat on May 21, 2014 at 09:39 AM UTC #

my mouse when typing jumps ALL OVER the page! don't like it

Posted by krios on May 21, 2014 at 03:31 PM UTC #

Open Office version 4.0.1 crashed on me and I lost two days of work. When I open up the page, a large table of cases and caselaw with comments, it is blank. My blog has been hacked and pages removed, and now I am paranoid and thinking about going back to pen and paper, at least for a backup. Jeez, what a nightmare and while I am working against a deadline too! I am afraid to update. I am using Windows 8.1 with a new desktop Lenovo, and it is glitchy itself and crash-prone too. Some people recommend going back to the old versions of OpenOffice and Windows. I gotta take a coffee break. I am torn all to hell. Two days of hard work just wasted!

Posted by James L. Smith on May 21, 2014 at 05:55 PM UTC #


Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 09:31 AM UTC #

Question--Will OO 4.1.1 still open power point files?

Posted by Marg Adams on May 22, 2014 at 04:58 PM UTC #

ok this software is veri goog.

Posted by Francisco Cezar de Oliveira Salles on May 23, 2014 at 04:01 AM UTC #


Posted by on May 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM UTC #

How do I remove OpenOffice 4.1.0 from my computer? My Windows Program uninstall will not uninstall. All uninstall applications say I have to open a OpenOffice 4.10 Quickstarter.

Posted by Marge on May 23, 2014 at 06:36 PM UTC #

good this program is very great and helpful

Posted by 周甄屏 on May 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM UTC #

Open office is an excellant one

Posted by RAJASEKAR on May 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM UTC #

try to use it

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Posted by Lai Joji on May 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM UTC #

necesito el office , gracias

Posted by Gustavo de la Cruz on May 25, 2014 at 02:23 PM UTC #

Openoffice is GREAT!

Posted by Desmond Wan on May 26, 2014 at 09:05 AM UTC #

Thanks and you saved me, just as my Office ran out of time and I couldn't afford to purchase an office program, you where there to help me finish my project on time. Thank you sooooo much, Annette from Canada :)

Posted by Annette on May 26, 2014 at 04:58 PM UTC #

I need to use Open Office

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Posted by 문성준 on May 27, 2014 at 08:50 AM UTC #

excellent software,

Posted by max veg-ritter on May 27, 2014 at 06:34 PM UTC #

muy bueno

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Posted by on May 28, 2014 at 02:20 PM UTC #

The latest 4.1.0 keep crashing and every time i close writer the next time I am opening it there is crash pop up screen saying if I want to recover crashed document. Looks like it's not stable at all.

Posted by Doug on May 28, 2014 at 03:14 PM UTC #

I'm so happy to find Open office. Open office is best program...

Posted by HJ Kim on May 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM UTC #

Been using various OOs for about 9-10 yrs, only had 6 crashes! Used "M....soft" for 2yrs, had 4 crashes. That say's it all !!!

Posted by Peter James on May 28, 2014 at 11:27 PM UTC #

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