ODF Plug-In Preview Available

I'm pleased to say that the OpenDocument plugin for MS Word 2003 is now available for preview.

This initial plug-in application will support the conversion of text documents (.doc/.odt) only and full support of spreadsheet and presentation documents will be available in the final version, expected in April. The converter is easy to setup and use, the conversion happens transparently and the additional memory footprint is minimal. Microsoft Word users now can have seamless two-way conversion of Microsoft Word's documents to and from ODF.

The download is being managed by SDLC and the experience is pretty ugly (lots of clicks, sorry), but persevere. Try clicking on the file name rather than using the Download Manager when you finally get there, you may well find as I did that it's easier. There are feedback instructions in the Readme file that comes with the plug-in.

Comments:

I put up a quick review.

Posted by Peter Sefton on February 20, 2007 at 02:21 PM PST #

Thanks, Peter - I sent an e-mail to ODF-Plugin-feedback/at/sun.com to alert them (and would encourage others to send or cc thir feedback there).

The clipart thing you mention is a bit intractable. Since Windows has its own proprietary formats for such things I'd expect that to be a pretty intractable problem even if conversion is possible.

Posted by Simon Phipps on February 20, 2007 at 04:43 PM PST #

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