Using the Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office with Office 2007 SP2
By user13342178 on Apr 30, 2009
Nevertheless, people asked if it would still be possible to use the Sun ODF Plugin also in Office 2007 SP2, because the ODF quality might be better.
I just gave the final version of SP2 a try, but only to verify that the Sun ODF Plugin still can be used. My intention was not to figure out how good the native ODF filters in SP2 are.
OK, I must admit that I couldn't resist to quickly figure out what would happen with tables in presentation, because I know that SP2 only implements ODF 1.0.
Tables in presentations got specified in ODF 1.2, same holds true for formulas in spreadsheets. As expected, you might want to continue using the Sun ODF Plugin if you need these features.
If you want to use the Sun ODF Plugin for ODF documents, instead of he new built-in filters:
- Don't open documents via the Windows explorer. You must use the file picker in MS Office
- In Word, make sure to use the filter "ODF Text Document (\*.odt;\*.ott)"
- In Excel and PowerPoint, use the "Export ODF" menu or tool bar items
In Excel and PowerPoint, using the new built-in filters is more convenient, because you can simply use open/save, instead of the extra UI. But the fact that the filter in Excel doesn't support formulas let me think that this filter is quite unusable for most users... (Don't get fooled when testing it: Formulas written with Excel will work when loading the same ODF file in Excel, because the information about the formulas is preserved with the help of some MS Office specific XML tags, which no other ODF application will recognize)
Alternatively, now that you are interest in ODF, you might want to give OpenOffice.org a try, in case you not already did so...