OpenOffice.org 3.1 Has Smoother Drawing And Usability Tweaks

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OpenOffice.org 3.1 Has Smoother Drawing And Usability Tweaks

Windows/Mac/Linux: It hit the servers two days ago, but OpenOffice.org 3.1 is now in official release. The open-source office suite focused on anti-aliased drawing and usability tweaks for this release, which we’ve quickly previewed below.

Anti-aliased rendering for Draw (and charts): That should mean the world for those sick of seeing glaringly computer-rendered edges and intersections in their illustrations, along with the graphs and charts plugged into spreadsheets and text documents. Hard to visualise in a screenshot, but this one’s been zoomed in, and you can see the softer rendering around the circles.

Eye-friendly highlighting:

Zoom slider for spreadsheets:

Hot hints for formulas:

Comments become conversational:

Those are just a few of the 3.1 changes we thought the average user might appreciate, but there are more technical and core-based upgrades—like spreadsheet performance, sorting defaults, and built-in document locking—detailed at OpenOffice.org’s release notes.

OpenOffice.org is a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Thanks Mitchell!

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Comments

  • open office 3.1 on XP and word 2007
    Drawings created in oo3.1 then imported to a document in oo3.1writer saved as .doc and then opened in word2007. The right hand side of the draing is blank. Going back to oo3.0 as the drawing is better than word draw.

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