[wellylug] OpenOffice.org 2.0 early impressions

William Hamilton william at thevirtual.co.nz
Tue May 18 22:25:52 NZST 2004

Rob Giltrap wrote:

> The new version of OpenOffice.org (v2.0) is coming up for it's early 
> access realease in June so I thought I would take a sneak peak and 
> downloaded build 680/m38 (from 3rd May).
> The startup speed was slightly better again and the look and feel have 
> slight improvements. The big change however was when I opened up a 
> couple of documents from hell. These are MS Word docs with nested tables 
> and other such nasties. They converted extremely well, much much better 
> than OOo 1.1.1
> Of course this is a pre alpha release and as such promptly crashed as 
> soon as I tried to save any document! However, the experience showed me 
> that as good as OOo is now, version 2.0 looks like it is going to better 
> by a good margin by removing more barriers to adoption.
> The roadmap highlights are as follows....
> June 2004: OOo 2.0 EA (early access)
> June/July 2004: UI freeze/feature complete OOo 2.0 Alpha
> September 2004: Beta Release Candidates
> October 2004: OOo2.0 Beta
> December 2004: OOo 2.0 rc
> January 2005: OOo 2.0
> Cheers, Rob.

I concur with Robs comments, I have been using A2 for a few months and 
have been VERY impressed with the improvements, the conversion of MS 
Word docs is much better.  There are still bundles of bugs but for what 
I have been doing with it lately (mainly word processing), they are not 
critical, it is a working app for me and I am happy with it.  I will 
explore the spread sheet and other apps another day.

Overall the app is has huge potential over the 1.X releases and I lok 
forward to a stable release.

William Hamilton

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