Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Mar 2008 23:02 UTC
Features, Office Version 2.4 of the OpenOffice productivity suite was released on Thursday, boasting enhancements to all its core components. Possibly the most significant alteration in the new version of the free suite is in the description of file types. The 'OpenDocument' description has been replaced by 'ODF', which stands for 'OpenDocument Format' and is becoming a well-known acronym thanks to rivalry with Microsoft's controversial OOXML format.
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Languages
by Jarsto on Sun 30th Mar 2008 14:40 UTC
Jarsto
Member since:
2005-10-06

There's one huge improvement in OOo 2.4 from my point of view: better language switching support. Most of what I write is in English, some of it's in Dutch. In previous versions the only way to change the language setting for a document was going through the options dialogue, and it was next to impossible to set multiple languages in a single document and have the spelling checked properly in each.

In OOo 2.4 it's a piece of cake to switch between various languages, whether it is for an entire document, a paragraph or two, or even a single word. That ability was the only thing I still missed from MS Office occasionally (though fortunately it was never more than a minor annoyance).

I haven't had much time with 2.4 yet, so I haven't noticed any other major differences. Having said that, this one feature is more than enough to make me very happy indeed about the update.

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RE: Languages
by ggiunta on Sun 30th Mar 2008 15:34 in reply to "Languages"
ggiunta Member since:
2006-01-13

It was the killer feature for mee, too: I could not for the love of god understand why it was so hidden away beforehand.

That, and the 'set a background image' action in the presentation app.

There are about a bazillion improvements ooo can have without getting into exotic features that about 1% of the userbase cares about.

My next pet peeves are, eg:
- the viewport moving on its own in writer when you scroll back and forth. It somehow every now and then thinks that it should go back to the caret on its own
- eliminate the slow text reflowing that will move all text lines up/down a couple of pixels, one line at a time, while I am reading/editing a page. Either get the algorithm fast enough or stay with the initial, imprecise version

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