OpenOffice.org is proud to announce the immediate availability for download of the new version of the award-winning office suite, OpenOffice.org 1.1, for Windows (98/ME/NT/2000/XP), Linux (x86 & PowerPC), and Solaris[tm] Operating System (SPARC platform edition) in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (simplified & traditional), Korean and Japanese.
The suite comes complete with word-processor, spreadsheet, presentation and various other components and provides a revolutionary open, future-proof XML file format. The new release introduces many enhancements and new features including native one-click PDF (Adobe Acrobat) export, Macromedia Flash export for presentations and drawings, faster load-time, enhanced MS Office file compatibility, accessibility support and a smoother look and feel.
The suite, according to the terms of its open source licenses (LGPL & SISSL), is free for all to use, improve, modify, and to redistribute to anyone.
« The release of Version 1.1 of OpenOffice.org is a major achievement for the OpenOffice.org community, » said Curtis Sasaki, vice president of desktop solutions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. » With the successful inaugural Openoffice.org conference earlier in the year, the energy in the community drove many corporate and individual contributors to work together with Sun to create the most stable and powerful release of the OpenOffice.org application so far, which is the core of the new StarOffice[tm] 7 Office Suite.
« New features like the native PDF export and the support for assistive technologies will accelerate the fast growing, worldwide adoption of OpenOffice.org, StarOffice as well as more secure, alternative desktop environments. We’ve seen community members work for days on end to create translated versions. This kind of enthusiasm helped to make OpenOffice.org one of the leading open source projects today, » adds Sasaki.
Versions for Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Solaris (x86) will be available later this year. Other platforms continue in development.