Archive for the ‘Release 2.4’ Category



by Kaj Kandler Release 2.4 is now available for free download.

Curious about what changed?

Release 2.4 has improved

  • Ease of use for setting languages for selected text in multi language documents
  • The chart module with
    • improved label formatting and positioning,
    • regression charts,
    • and inverted axis
  • The presentation application (Impress) has added
    • 3d slide transitions
    • Pictures as slide background
  • The spreadsheet application (Calc) has added
    • Splitting text into separate columns
    • Start formula entry with “+” for faster data entry from the numeric key pad
    • Better flow when entering rows of data
    • Drag and drop cells and columns to move them
    • Performance for loading large spreadsheets
  • The word processor application (Writer) has added
    • more powerful regular expressions for find and replace
  • Update notification for application and extensions
  • Performance in general
  • Improved localization and spell checking for 10+ languages. Ninja has an excellent introduction to new features in Open Office 2.4. Screencasts about the new features are coming soon.



by Kaj Kandler

While Release 2.3 is just out the door, Developers like Carsten Driesner, Liang Weike and the OpenOffice team from RedFlag 2000, prepare new features for Open Office Release 2.4

One feature is the ability to create and store your permanant image list, which can be used to change the icons of the appliction w/o going through the build process. In combination with the OOo extensions I expect this to become the facility for different skins for Open Office.

The other feature mentioned is an enhanced help tip text for the print button in the standard toolbar. The new feature shows the name of the printer in the help tip text, just to remind you where your document will be printed. Sounds rather useful in an office environment, where multiple printers are available.

Liang Weike works for RedFlag 2000 the project that adapts OpenOffice for the Chineese market and helps develop new features as well.