OpenOffice.org 3.1 deep dive from PC Pro
By chhandomay on Aug 13, 2009
Simon Jones published a
of OpenOffice.org 3.1 and said
the update “brings
some welcome features and some much needed polish to the nearest
thing Microsoft Office has to a competitor.”
Simon highlighted the new anti-aliasing of graphics, which he noted “greatly improves the clarity of charts and drawings,” and the showing of shadow objects while dragging, saying both of these features alone make OpenOffice “look much more professional.”
|There were several new features
found to be of value in Calc, including the zoom control on the
status bar, the displayed hints about syntax functions as a formula
is typed, and the auto-complete of the function names. He described
sorting in Calc to be more logical and consistent, saying this “makes
for a big improvement in usability.” Simon also noted the removal
of some performance bottlenecks, which resulted in a faster
calculation speed of large, complicated workbooks.
Simon also detailed the improved commenting feature available in Writer, along with the new file locking implementation included in the suite, which allows a user to tell if a file is already opened by someone else, even if that person is using a different OS.
Overall, a nice deep dive indeed!