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Subject [CONF] Apache OpenOffice Community > AOO 3.4 Release Notes
Date Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:26:00 GMT
Space: Apache OpenOffice Community (
Page: AOO 3.4 Release Notes (

Edited by Armin Le Grand:
h2. General Remarks
The Apache OpenOffice 3.4 features can be split in two separate areas based on the timeline
by the change step from OpenOffice to Apache OpenOffice. One set was already present, one
set is the result of work based on Apache since then.

h2. New Features from OpenOffice 3.4 beta
This features were already part of the OpenOffice 3.4 beta:

(preparing data for this place from [here|])

h2. New Features for Apache OpenOffice 3.4
This features are the result of the work at Apache on OpenOffice since the change:

h3. Support for Line Cap Property
Now you can add a cap to the ends of a line. Such caps are not only known in the ODF1.2 standard
but in HTLM5 and SVG too. Also other Office Sites provide caps in different styles to be added
to thick lines.

Three styles exist
* without a cap, called 'Butt' in programming and 'Flat' in UI (as in MS Office)
* with a round cap, called 'Round'
* with a rectangle cap, called 'Square'
The property value 'Flat' corresponds to the old behavior and is now the default.


The caps are added to the lines, so that the total length of the lines increases with two-times
a half line width.

Select the value from a drop-down-list in the line property dialog, just beside the settings
for corner style. The new property is only available in contexts, where the corner style is
active too.


If a line is dashed, the single dashes get caps too. Hereby a dot is treated as dash. You
can style not only pure lines and curves, but the border of graphic objects as well.

!LineCap_BorderlineDotted.png! !LineCap_CurveDashed.png!
The next example shows the new property applied to a connector. Left side without cap, in
the middle with 'round' cap, and on the right side with 'square' cap.


The caps are available for 3D-objects too, when you turn on lines and make them thick. The
example shows lines, which are styled to look “dotted”.

!LineCap_SphereDotted.png! and a zoom… !LineCap_SphereZoom.png!

Linecaps defined in svg-graphics are supported, so that those graphics look like in modern

h3. ODF 1.2 support
cryptography: with ODF 1.2 support BlowFish encryption and SHA1 message digest became available

h3. Better UI Defaults for Draw and Impress
[Better Bullet UI|]
[Better Grid UI|]

h3. ODF Calc learns new Conditional Functions
Support conditional functions COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIF and AVERAGEIFS

h3. Time Axis supported in Chart

h3. PDF File Size Reduction
PDFs containing monochrome bitmaps are smaller now

h3. PivotTable has been extended
PivotTable (formerly known as DataPilot) is no longer limited in the number of fields

h3. Improved CSV export
Better interoperability with other applications supporting the import of CSV (Comma Separated
Values) files as the style for exporting strings is configurable now

h3. Improved Printing on Unix
Printing via PDF (if the system supports it) allows object transparency to be handled directly
by the printer subsystem

h3. Support for shear transformations for GraphicObjects [(Blog entry)|]

GraphicObjects which get created when inserting graphics in Draw/Impress and Calc support
now not only rotation but also shear, slant and distort. The visualization during interactions
got improved, also the break for vector-based GraphicObjects to draw objects was improved.
Writer has it's own GraphicObjects, the ones from the other applications can be copied to
it as workaround.

h3. Support for attributes and transformations for OLEObjects [(Blog entry)|]
OLEObjects (OLE is for Object Linking and Embedding) in Draw/Impress and Calc support now
all draw attributes and geometrical transformations. They can have line style, fill style,
shadow and text. They support all kinds of transformations, e.g. rotations and shear. This
is handy for e.g. having a mathematical formula shown rotated by 90 degrees or adding a border
to a chart. Break to draw objects is also enhanced.

h3. Enhanced crop support for GraphicalObjects
Crop for GraphicObjects now works correctly together with horizontal and/or vertical mirroring
in all applications.

h3. Support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) [(Blog entry)|]
Svg is now supported as content for GraphicObjects in all applications. The new implemented
generic Svg interpreter supports Svg format 1.1. The geometric content is internally processed
as vector data in all usages, e.g. PDF export and printing, which guarantees good visualization
quality. Svg graphics can be broken to draw objects and be processed further. A blog entry
can be found [here|].

h3. Support for MultiImage in ODF
For Svg support it was necessary to allow multiple image representations for one GraphicObject
to be present in the ODF file format, e.g. a pixel graphic and the original Svg is written
in case of a GraphicObject with Svg content. This allows to stay compatible with other and
older ODF supporting applications. The number of images for one GraphicObject is not limited;
applications using this may choose the image with the format which supports it's purpose best,
e.g prefer to use a pixel graphic for ODF viewers. AOO 3.4 uses a weighting function which
prefers pixel images with transparency over such without and vector formats over pixel formats.

h3. Enhanced chart visualisation
The visualization quality of charts has been enhanced by using a new mechanism for more direct
visualisation. This increases speed, reduces memory usage and enhances chart visualisation
in all visualisations, including PDF export and printing.

h3. Enhanced RTF export
Now it supports nested tables, more character properties, sections, graphics for Wordpad,
bookmarks, fields, drawings and OLE 

h3. Faster Startup
Startup is faster as the program got enough initial knowledge about its components that it
doesn't have to start them

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