OpenOffice 2.4 released

ronald munjoma simbiso at
Mon May 5 17:30:15 BST 2008


This is of great interest to the ICDL team! We need to come up with modules
for 2.4! At one point in time Practical Action (formerly
Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) Southern Africa) had a
strong interest in Open Office, I will follow and see if there are
interested in becoming part of the ICDL team.

The Community is pleased to a nnounce the release of 2.4, the latest version of the leading open source office
productivity suite. 2.4 includes new features, enhancements,
and bug fixes to all its core components. 2.4 is available
for immediate download from

New features:

Users will appreciate changes such as usability improvements in printing,
and further enhancements to PDF handling ( creates PDF files
'out of the box' to ISO standard). The default font is now DejaVu, which
supports more languages/localisations than the previous BitStream Vera -part
of a raft of localisation improvements covering languages from Hiligaynon to
Quechua. Mac OS X users will appreciate the use of the native Quicktime
player and spell-checker.

Writer,'s word processor, now has easier selection of the
language for spellchecking; users can set options for printing hidden and
place holder text and for following hyperlinks; text selection and 'find and
replace' have been improved; and 'power users' will appreciate new extra
keyboard shortcuts for paragraph styles.

Regular users of Calc,'s spreadsheet, will appreciate the
streamlining of data and formulae entry. Other new features include a 'smart
move and copy' for blocks of cells; the ability to transform data into
columns; and improvements to printing, data filtering, and the Data Pilot.

Usability improvements have been made to Draw, the drawing and diagramming
module, and Impress,'s application for creating
presentations. Both applications have nhanced PDF export capabilities. In
addition, Impress now has a new range of thrilling 3D transition effects
supported through an extension.

The Chart module, used throughout, continues to evolve
rapidly. Novice users benefit from more intelligent default choices from the
graphics engine; advanced users have more options allowing them to fine tune
a chart exactly the way they want it.'s database application, Base, now supports MS-Access 2007
(accdb files on MS-Windows), and has enhanced capabilities for MySQL,
Oracle/jdbc, and native (HSQL) databases. The Query Designer is also
improved. 2.4 is the eleventh release in the 2.x series (launched in
October 2005) and demonstrates the Community's commitment to continuous and
regular improvement of its software. The next major release - 3.0 - is
planned for the autumn/fall this year. If you would like to help us, please

The Community

Ronald Munjoma
IT & Business Consultant
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ronaldm at
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