StarOffice 9 Beta Give it a try - Mac support, PDF import
By jparkinson on Jul 15, 2008
Download it from here. [link to http://www.sun.com/so9beta_download]
If it's a comprehensive office suite you're looking for, try the latest version of StarOffice 9 Beta at no-charge. It's got tons of new features, now works on your Mac, and lets you extend functionality with cool add-ons called extensions. There's so much useful stuff in this release that it's tough to boil it down to the key ones, but here is a sneak peek at the new features by main application:
\* Writer - improved and much easier note taking, zoom slider for
easy zooming in and out, easy editing of multiple documents
\* Impress - Presenter view, native tables (so you don't have to copy
and paste tables from as spreadsheet), presentation file size
\* Calc - new Solver tool, new charting functionality including
better 3-D, 1024 rows, spreadsheet sharing for collaboration or
\* Base - report builder tool
\* PIM - And of course the calendar extension to Mozilla which
provides effective mail/calendar or Personal Information Manager
And general features include Mac support, improved Microsoft Office compatibility, fresh set of icons, a re-designed Start Menu, an extension manager and an online update feature which alerts you when updates are available and if you allow, install the updates.
We have created a thriving extension framework for StarOffice/StarSuite and OpenOffice.org and have seven powerful, free extensions for StarOffice 9 Beta such as the PDF Importer, Weblog Publisher (blogger) and a MediaWiki publisher. See sun.com/staroffice/extensions for download instructions. In addition, a full list of all extensions for OpenOffice.org can be found at the extensions repository [repository should link to http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/]
StarOffice has always been known for its strong interoperability and StarOffice 9 is no different. It support Microsoft Office including import of Microsoft Office 2007 OOXML , PDF/A, ODF 2.0, HTML, Flash and many graphic formats. In addition to the Mac, StarOffice 9 runs on Solaris, Windows and Linux. All this means that you can share files with just about anyone using any operating system, office suite or hardware.
Give it a try -- click here [sun.com/so9beta_download] to download the StarOffice 9 Beta or go to www.sun.com/software/staroffice/get_beta.jsp for more information on new features, support and feedback mechanisms and system requirements. To download StarSuite 9 Beta, go to sun.com/ss9beta_download, note that StarSuite is the Asian language version of StarOffice. There's a lot of neat stuff to test out and we'd love to hear your feedback.