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Historic 3.0 Released Community Announces Third Major Release of Its Free, Easy-to-Use Office Software

Edinburgh, UK. October 13, 2008.

Celebrated at a launch party in Paris today, and just in time for the eighth birthday of the project, the Community today announced the release of 3.0. The third major update of the leading productivity suite delivers significant enhancements and advanced, extensible, productivity tools for all users, including Mac users, as now runs natively on the Mac OS X platform. 3.0 is more than a simple productivity application. With this release the basic components, which include word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, formula and database capabilities, can easily be supplemented by extensions downloaded from the extensions repository. Instead of feature bloat, 3.0 gives users in enterprises, offices, schools, as well as home users the freedom to configure their suite their way.

The freedom that OpenOffice brings has proven to be popular with early versions downloaded hundreds of thousands of times, far exceeding prior major releases. "Our market has grown," said Louis Suarez-Potts, Community Manager of "As government after government, enterprise after enterprise adopt the Open Document Format (the ISO-approved format uses natively), they frequently adopt and love it. With 3.0, the application is more interoperable with MS Office, more capable, more extensible. It frees the desktop from vendor lock-in."

" 3.0 is more powerful than ever before and with support for MS Access 2007 .accdb files, improved support for VBA macros, and a new ability to read MS Office Open XML files, it's even easier to make the change away from legacy MS Office software," stated Florian Effenberger, Marketing Project Co-Lead of 3.0 naturally has a fresh look, with a new start center, new splash screen, new icons, and a host of usability improvements. New core features include:

Writer (word processing)

  • New slider control for zooming which allows multi-page display while editing
  • Powerful new multilingual support
  • Improved notes capabilities
  • Ability to edit wiki documents for the web, in addition to conventional office documents

Calc (spreadsheet)

  • Increase in capacity of up to 1024 columns per sheet
  • Powerful new equation solver
  • New collaboration feature for multiple users

Draw (graphics)

  • Ability to cope with poster-size graphics — up to three square meters or 32.3 square feet

Impress (presentation)

  • Fully featured table designer inside a presentation's support for extensions continues to come of age with 3.0. A rapidly expanding number of additional features are available from different developers to add capabilities such as an Impress presenter console, support for business analytics, PDF import, creation of Hybrid PDF documents, and a new way of supporting additional languages.

" 3.0 shows that despite the growth of web applications, when it comes to serious work, desktop-based software reigns supreme for the speed of use and sheer range of features offered. also makes it easy to join the new Web 2.0 world, without learning esoteric web languages like XHTML and MediaWiki, by enabling users to create web and wiki documents straight from Writer," said John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead.

The entire community is invited to participate in the public Conference 2008 to be held in Beijing, China November 5-7 (

Download 3.0 for free:


The Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, translate, support, and promote the leading open source office productivity suite,'s leading edge software technology (UNO) is also available for developers, systems integrators, etc. to use in extensions or in their own applications. uses the OpenDocument Format OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as supporting legacy file formats such as Microsoft Office, and is available on major computing platforms in over 100 languages. software is provided under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.

The Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor and primary contributor.


Cindy Akus (UTC -04h00)
Crossroads Public Relations
Tel: +1 (919-414-6082)

John McCreesh (UTC +01h00) Marketing Project Lead
Tel: +44 (0)7 810 278 540

Louis Suarez-Potts (UTC +02h00) Community Manager
Chair, Community Council
Tel: +1 (416) 625 3843

International Marketing Contacts:


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