3.3.0 Almost Here - Is It the Last?

by Susan Linton - Nov. 01, 2010Comments (7) 3.3 Release Candidate 3 was released on November 1 with many updates and new features that have been in development for the last six months or more. This comes when as many as 33 developers are handing in their resignations. While the loss of the German team is unlikely to affect this release, one has to wonder what the future holds for

What's New in 3.3.0

Fonts - Oracle has contributed a narrow font to the Liberation font families making more compatible with Arial Narrow font commonly used in Microsoft Office. In addition, standard PDF fonts that were previously only embedded in PDF/A files are now available to any PDF document.

Password protection - A new dialog was added that supports setting passwords to protect Word 97, Excel 97, and ODF documents. Writer and Calc can also now support two password settings: the familiar read protection and the new write protection. With this you might allow one group of workers to modify files while another can only read them.

Million Rows & Tab Colors - Calc now supports 1,048,576 rows instead of 65,536 and users can assign colors to their tabs.

Insert Drawing Objects - Users can now insert objects such as lines, rectangles, cubes, symbols, flowcharts, etc. into Chart projects. Some defaults have been changed as well such as larger size, larger font size, no black borders, better 3D look, and more.

User-friendly Slide Type - the presentation slide start view will now feature icons for popular slide types: table, chart, picture, or movie. The menu will feature options such as duplicate slide, assign layout to existing slide, or create specific slide type.

Document Search - A new search box with next and previous buttons will now be included in the toolbar.

Improved Print Dialog - The new print screen is redesigned to be easier to use as well as incorporating some of the familiar print interface elements seen in many other popular applications. An integrated print preview is also added.



Changing Case - More options will be available in the Change Case menu such as setting to sentence case, capitalize every word, or invert the current case.

The Bad News Is...

Developers have been resigning from the project in record numbers. Only the migration from Mandriva to Mageia compares in recent times.

Oracle confirmed its commitment to an open source during ODF Plugfest last month, but within days community managers asked those involved with the newly formed Document Foundation and LibreOffice to resign due to possible conflicts of interest. It seems many are complying. Charles H. Schulz, a 10 year OOo contributor, was the first to resign soon followed by three other key players. October 31 brought the resignation of 33 others.

The rumor buzzing around water coolers is this exodus is only the beginning. Tensions are high around the project and cooperation is strained as loyal members counted the formation of TDF and LibreOffice as mutiny. While most in the wide community were pleased in hearing the news of LibreOffice, some saw it as a bid to takeover. Despite any publicized (and unpublicized) intentions from the two sides, Oracle claims over 100 million users of and they have every right to worry. A wise man once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," and right now that's what we have.

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tweeted it ...well bad news is really bad ..why are they resigning

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@nickeystallon, they are resigning because Oracle bought Sun and Oracle has done nothing good with the projects that Oracle acquired, and many fear that Oracle will stop producing OOo and OpenSolaris and MySQL so people are forking these projects and leaving Oracle to join the forks. The forks are the same code base as the original but now contributors will generally work on one branch or the other, and most people seem to be expecting that the non-Oracle branch of the fork will succeed without Oracle's inept handling of the assets which they purchased from Sun.

Oracle, you seem to have brought this upon yourself.

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The contributers are not happy assigning the copyright for their contributions to Oracle. Many have asked for an independent foundation to hold the copyright which would prevent Oracle from appropriating the contributions for a closed or open-core product.

Same with Solaris and MySQL, Oracle has not been friendly to open source in the past and their actions since buying Sun are very troubling.

I'm switching, it shouldn't involve more than a download and install to do that and I'd rather not depend on Oracle to change their ways at this point.

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Knowing Larry Ellison, who owns and controls Oracle, I switched the moment LibreOffice appeared in the Kubuntu 10.4 repository, which was almost the same day as the announcement of the new foundation.

My experience with LibreOffice has been in no way different than my previous experience with OOo, which I have been using since it was purchased by Sun from the German corporation which wrote it. In the distant past the precursor to Star Office was almost a desktop in itself.

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I use OO and will try LO soon. I like the idea of multiple versions... its like Linux. Choose the distro that fits your style. Code Well.

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Where is the promised Sentence case option :(

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I updated to the 3.3 version and found:

1. Fonr I chose does not stay and default Times New Roman keeps appearing.

2. As I am developing my text the whole text disappears and I have to hunt

to find it and bring it back

3. While I am typing my text, suddenly the font changes to the smallest font

and I have t o exit before it returns

4. When trying to exit the program, no matter what I try to do your window

comes up with ques tions to save, delete, or cancel an unt itled document

and cannot exit

5. Windows 7 comes out with notification that the Open Office program is

preventing Windows from closing.

The Open Office 3.2 had glitches but not this bad. I'm going to try to

return to it and wait until you correct lots of issues.If I cannot get back to 3.2

I will just use Word. I do not want to register because no matter what promises

are made to me that it is confidential, I am usually inundated with junk mail and

ads and pop upps of all kinds, stemming from the registration.

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