Sun ODF Plugin 3.1 for Microsoft Office

A new version of the ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office is available.

As I wrote in the last ODF Plugin announcement, the Plugin nowadays uses the same version number like the underlying version, so this version is now based on 3.1.

Some people asked for it, so I have added the possibility to disable the update feature and the registration feature.

Since the registration will only be triggered once after installation (and you don't have to register!), and the update feature never executes automatically, disabling these features is probably only interesting/needed in enterprise deployments. See the FAQ for details.


No plan to have it available for MAC OS ?

Posted by Jean-Francis AHANDA on June 03, 2009 at 06:53 AM CEST #

@Jean-Francis AHANDA: Currently not...

Posted by Malte on June 03, 2009 at 07:51 AM CEST #

Why doesn't this plugin package associate .odt to Word, .odp to Powepoint and .ods to Excel?
It would be nice in our deployment to K-12 student computers.

I recall reading something about v1.0 doing that, figured that I could install 1.0 first and then upgrade to 3.1 but can't find downloadlink to 1.0

Thank you for a great plugin.

Posted by IT-Enheten on June 04, 2009 at 04:22 AM CEST #

Hi IT-Enheten,

there are some pitfalls / restrictions:

a) When some other application is already registered for ODF types, I don't want to overwrite this. (Could be handled by not "blindly" registering the file extension)

b) It would probably only work for Word. Not sure if it would be possible to associate ods/odp in a way that Execel/PowerPoint is started with some macro arguments. ODF is not a filter there, like in Word.

Posted by Malte on June 04, 2009 at 04:29 AM CEST #

The only thing that annoys me about this is how you have to register an account with SUN to get it!

Posted by Adam on June 13, 2009 at 08:33 AM CEST #


Maybe this French topicality will interest you. It is about the new version of OdtPHP, a PHP API for Open Office.


Alter Way, French Open Source integrator, is announcing the release of version OdtPHP 1.0, PHP API for OpenOffice, which enables files to be created in OpenDocument format.

Distributed under a GPL licence, OdtPHP enables the automatic generation of OpenOffice documents based on models. Thus, users are able to employ them directly within their PHP applications. No need of OpenOffice on the server, only PHP.

OdtPHP has a multitude of functions:

- Replacement of OpenOffice model tags with text or image content

- Multiplication of OpenOffice table lines

- Export of the final result to a file on the server or directly to the customer’s browser

- Nesting and repetition of loops

- .../...

“OdtPHP is a PHP API for OpenOffice which enables optimal use of the XML format of OpenDocument format files. With OdtPHP, the open source community is organising itself better in order to offer a global response to the needs of users and industry” explains Cyril PIERRE de GEYER, co-author of the book “PHP 5 avancé” and General Manager of Alter Way’s training division: Anaska.

OdtPHP users now benefit from extremely fast access. With a minimum of code, users are able to generate documents by replacing the model’s tags and inserting images. They are also able to take advantage of advanced functions to create complex OpenOffice files by repeating segments in the document or the table’s lines.

OdtPHP has been developed by a team of PHP experts: Cyril PIERRE DE GEYER, joint founder of AFUP and general manager of Anaska Alter Way Formation, Julien PAULI, PHP, ZendFramework certified expert software architect and trainer at Anaska Alter Way Formation, Olivier BOOKLAGE, business manager at MVF and Vincent BROUTÉ, manager of the DepanneTonPC site, Zend PHP 5 certified.

To download version 1.0 of Odt PHP:

Posted by Emilie on July 15, 2009 at 11:11 AM CEST #

I have some issues with the generation of ODT documents. I have a reproducible crash and an instance of some formatting being lost.

Where should these issues be reported.

Posted by Mat Ludlam on September 01, 2009 at 02:51 PM CEST #

Hi Mat,

there should be a link to some web site in the readme.


Posted by Malte on September 02, 2009 at 01:44 AM CEST #

Reporting that Matt is correct. Registration / login required for download. Someone has to decide whether they want to collect marketing data or have a widely-used plugin that will help bridge the transition from Microsoft's office suite to OpenOffice / StarOffice or other ODF-capable software.

Posted by W\^L+ on September 23, 2009 at 09:22 PM CEST #

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