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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 is now available for download from our official download page. Building upon the great success of the OpenOffice 3.4 release, which has seen over 57 million downloads, this major update brings exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes. OpenOffice 4.0 features an innovative new Sidebar user interface, additional language support for 22 languages (including 3 new languages), 500 bug fixes, improvements in Microsoft Office interoperability, enhancements to drawing/graphics, performance improvements, etc. You can read the details of these later in these Release Notes.
One other thing that you will notice immediately, on this page, our website and in other places, is our new logo. The new logo is the result of many design iterations, collaboration among talented designers and a contest where 40 logos were rated by over 50,000 users.
We wish to give a special "hello" to our upgrading users. We hope you like the new features, especially the Sidebar UI. This feature was based on code contributed by IBM, from their Lotus Symphony product. We adapted that code, and based on several rounds of feedback from users like you, improved it and integrated it into OpenOffice.
And for new users, welcome to the community! We hope you enjoy using Apache OpenOffice, the leading free and open office productivity suite.
As always we welcome your feedback:
At Apache we work transparently as an open community of volunteers. We develop open source software to benefit the public. We're not going to beg you for monetary contributions. But if you are interested in joining us, to help us make the next great version of OpenOffice, then we want to hear from you. We're not only programmers, but are a community of testers, UI designers, web designers, technical writers, accessibility experts, translators, social media experts, etc. Volunteers in all areas are welcome. More information can be found on our Get Involved page.
The Sidebar is a major new feature of the user interface in all of the OpenOffice applications.
The Sidebar makes better use of today's widescreen displays than traditional toolbars. The 'Properties' deck is context-sensitive and shows panels with the document properties that are most frequently used for the current editing task.
Click on these images for a more detailed view:
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Screenshots of Writer with contexts for text, bitmap, and shapes (from left to right). The new OpenOffice logo has been pasted as bitmap (center) and editable outlines (right).
If you find that you don't use a particular panel very often, just click on its title and it will collapse to a single line of text. A small + or - at the left side of the panel title indicates whether the panels is collapsed or expanded.
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Different panels expanded or collapsed
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Panels from Symphony, the old Impress task pane, OpenOffice dialogs (from left to right).
The width of the Sidebar can be adjusted. The controls adapt their size accordingly. If you need more space then it can be undocked — and possibly moved to a second display — or it can be reduced to a thin tab bar. A single click on one of the icons and the sidebar is back.
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Different widths of the sidebar: maximum width, default width, too narrow to display content, collapsed to tab bar (from left to right).
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Floating sidebar, can be moved to second screen
Of course, not all of OpenOffice's functionality can be represented by controls in the Sidebar. If you need an advanced function then just click on the "more options" button in the title bar of a panel to open a dialog with many more options and properties.
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Click on 'more options' to get, well, more options.
More information can be found in the OpenOffice wiki.
Fidelity and interoperability improvement is an ongoing goal for Apache OpenOffice. And there are many improvements going in to the new version. Here an overview of some of the major fidelity improvements since the Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 release, including features, enhancements and defect fixes.
|Description||Original||AOO 3.4.1||AOO 4.0|
|Support of Graphic Bullets in MS word 2003|
|Table of Content fidelity improvement with MS Word 2003 (tabs, attributes & jump...)|
|Bookmark reference to normal numbering|
|Numbering&bullets attributes determined by the paragraph end mark in MS Word|
|Description||Original||AOO 3.4.1||AOO 4.0|
|Keep special numbering when saving or opening a ppt file|
|Support special tiled fill (picture size covers master page) background to be exported into ppt file|
|The fill attribute of graphic background in table can be display correctly when loading ppt file|
|Support of a connector that is connected to PPT table||crash in AOO 3.4.1|
|Right notched arrow with "Fit shape to text" property can be imported correctly|
|Keep 3D effects when import line|
|Description||Original||AOO 3.4.1||AOO 4.0|
|Keep Pie chart height when open Excel file|
|Support the range specified by a reference formula or name range as chart data|
|Show chart name through VBA API by clicking a button|
|Support data filter function on merged cells|
|Support user-defined format code in xls when cell value is TRUE or FALSE|
|Support GETPIVOTDATA in Excel|
|Support format code "0_;.00"|
|Description||Original||AOO 3.4.1||AOO 4.0|
|Support Docx outline level|
|Support table background color from table style in docx file|
|Support more Numbering&bullet types in docx|
|Support font color in table in pptx|
The Color Palette is enhanced and extended with a selection of more useful colors, arranged in a new scheme to make finding colors simpler.
The new Palette is a mix of the Lotus Symphony Palette combined with the most useful original colors.
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The Gradients are enhanced and extended with new, more useful ones, mainly taken from Lotus Symphony. The old ones are kept, but moved to the end of the list (not in the picture). These Gradients create much nicer fills for uses such as Slide Backgrounds.
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This is used in various places such as; Objects with TextEdit mode, highlighting of objects as Drag&Drop target or object manipulation (dashed black/white lines were used before).
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The PrintPreview in the Print dialog is now fully AntiAlialised. The previous version was not, thus thin lines could vanish or produce missing parts.
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The conversion to Bitmap graphics is greatly enhanced for all kinds of draw objects, including chart OLEs and others. This is not only useful for internally converting objects to bitmaps, but also used for exports where bitmaps are needed, and the system clipboard. It works with single objects as well as multiple selections. Transparencies of the object and AntiAliasing on its edges are perfect now.
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All DrawingObjects which can have a Bitmap filling can now profit from the new, greatly enhanced Bitmap FillType:
Examples of this include:
Think about the possibilities for filling the Backgrounds of Pages, Chart bars or other items. This will be used as vector data when printing or at PDF export.
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All applications now support transparent and anti-aliased versions of, for example, DrawObjects in the selection to be exchanged with external applications. This is a result of the enhanced conversion to Bitmap and adding the PNG graphic format to the supported clipboard formats.
Non-Graphic objects are converted on-demand, and graphic objects are copied with full transparency and AntiAliasing support.
It is now possible to Copy/Paste any object to an external PixelGraphic application, modify it as needed, and copy it back to any OpenOffice Application without quality loss. This allows everyone easy and complete image manipulation outside the Office with the tool of his choice and the capabilities he needs.
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Drag&Drop has been enhanced by an 'internal' mode. It is now possible to Drag&Drop anything 'onto' an existing DrawObject to change it's graphic or fill style when holding CTRL+SHIFT (Ctrl+Cmd on Mac) during Drag&Drop.
As visual control, the target object for the Drag&Drop is visualized using the new Selection Visualization and a unique MouseCursor.
Here is an example:
(a) Draw an object, e.g. a rounded rectangle with an outline, Draw an arrow object, choose fill and line style for it.
(b) If you Drag&Drop onto the target object, it copies FillStyle and LineStyle.
(c) If you convert the arrow to metafile (e.g. using context menu), Drag&Drop onto the target object, it gets filled with the arrow's vector data.
This comes in very handy if you need to quickly define an object FillStyles or want to copy the GraphicStyles of one object to others.
Also very useful:
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It is practical when you change the LineWidth of an Object which has ArrowHeads defined at its start/end when the ArrowHeads used get adapted to your LineWidth change; else you have to adapt these by your own. This was already done for Draw and Impress. This is now unified and centralized and works in all OpenOffice applications.
Some enhancements for SVG export were added to avoid some quality losses. More improvements are planned in this area for future releases.
If an imported SVG/metafile is manipulated, it needs to be broken up into DrawObjects. This code was improved in this release. More improvements are planned in this area for future releases.
Enhancements and bug fixes were made in the SVG Import code . Thanks to all Users who were reporting issues and providing test documents for SVG. If you have a SVG file which looks different than it should, do not hesitate to attach it to an issue in the Apache OpenOffice Bugzilla.
When working on a GraphicObject it is allowed to set a Crop region for it. When using the interactive mode for that, the new version shows the non-visible part of the Graphic content (the croppped part) as transparent and surrounds it with a light border. This way you no longer have to guess where or how big the cropped data is.
This example shows cropping in an SVG graphic:
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All places where a ColorPalette popup is shown (the form where the colors are organized in a raster) are overhauled and made to use the same sizes and width. The width (12 columns) was adapted to the new designed ColorPalette. For a picture see 'New Color Palette'
When exporting selected drawing objects to formats that support transparency, e.g., PNG, OpenOffice now uses a transparent background by default. This allows to further use graphics created in other applications or for further processing.
Connectors no longer disable rotation or shear tools when selected. While this is a small benefit with single connectors, it is very useful when selecting a number of graphic objects and wanting to rotate them. This was requested in the OpenOffice Community Forum, where a user wanted to rotate a drawing made of many draw objects and many connectors by 90 degrees. This is now possible without the inconvenience of deselecting all of the connectors.
When zooming out or in small visualizations (e.g. Page Previews) objects or pages using a hatch fill style were poorly visualized since too many hatch lines were shown in a small area. The Hatch Fill Style now uses a minimal line distance to make it look good for visualizations in Edit Views. This was already the case in older office versions, but was lost in the redesign of the visualization.
Gradients in metafiles are rotated and sheared (slanted) together with the metafile and so behave similar to bitmap graphics. Start color and end color are included in those gradients now. This improvement becomes visible if you use a small number of gradient steps. All gradients are now shown in presentation mode the same as they are shown in edit mode.
For Pie charts imported from other formats, the Height attribute was not supported. This is added now and makes Pie Charts look more like the original.
Calc now supports the spreadsheet functions: AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIFS, and SUMIFS. These functions allow you to combine several conditions.
Calc now supports the function XOR. The function completes the already available set of Boolean functions.
Calc now supports the functions LEFTB, RIGHTB, LENB, and MIDB. These functions are special versions for DBCS (double byte character set) languages.
Calc's RAND function was reimplemented to use the Mersenne-Twister algorithm.
Extensions now use a new Toolbar management, see https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=121577 ; at the moment, Extensions for 3.x that are using the deprecated mechanism will have to be updated to work with OpenOffice 4.0. Many popular extensions, including dictionaries, are not affected by the change.
The Menu API has been unified, making it more clear and API-user-friendly. The following interfaces have been deprecated and replaced: css.awt.XMenuExtended, css.awt.XMenuExtended2, css.awt.XMenuBarExtended, css.awt.XPopupMenuExtended. See https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=121542#c2 for details.
Note: extension authors who require more information on the above changes are encouraged to post their questions to our API mailing list.
Many resource leaks were fixed, reducing memory requirements and improving application stability.
More Rendering speedups are used (on systems supporting it, system-dependent)
For example, this allows even animated GIFs to be used as object fill style for any object and to transform these in real time (when supported on the system). It also greatly enhances visualization geometry during editing (in the EditViews) when supported.
Apache OpenOffice 4.0 新的可用翻译版本包括：
Apache OpenOffice 4.0 有基于 JUNIT 的新的自动化测试框架，用于以下领域的测试
不再支持 StarOffice 遗留文件格式（扩展名为 .sdw、.sdc、.sdd 等的文件）。移除这一代码更易于 OpenOffice 代码库的维护。这些遗留格式从未是 OpenOffice 任一版本的默认格式。建议有 StarOffice 遗留文件的用户 在升级至 Apache OpenOffice 4.0 之前，将文件重新保存为 ODF 格式（.odt、*.ods、*.odp 等）。该操作可在 OpenOffice 3.x 上通过“文件 (File) - 向导 (Wizards) - 文件转换器 (Document Converter)”实现，仍支持 OpenOffice 3.x 的文件 (*.sxw, *.sxc, *.sxi)。
PyUNO 现在与最新的 C-Python 3.x 兼容，但是为了减少对当前应用程序的影响，依然支持 C-Python 2.x 并且保留其默认值。Windows 和 MacOS-X 端口默认使用内部 Python，它现已升级至 2.7.5 版本，可修复成百上千的漏洞而且性能大大提升，但仍兼容以前版本。当前脚本可能需要微调，但依然会像以前一样正常运行。
按照 C++ 标准的 TR1 报告，stlport4 模板库已过时，已废弃不用且不再维护。Apache OpenOffice 4 转移至系统本地标准的模板库，因此用 C++ 写的扩展程序需要用 Apache OpenOffice 4 SDK 重新编译。
截至 2013 年 7 月 17 日，已解决了 498 个证实的问题。
问题列表可参阅：VERIFIED 或 CLOSED
（登录 OpenOffice Bugzilla 可以搜索你感兴趣的任何漏洞。）
恢复对 Java 7 和在 JRE 1.7u6 及以后版本上执行的 Java Access Bridge v2.0.3 的支持。要求获得辅助技术工具使用支持的 Windows OS 用户现在可以在 Windows 上使用 Java SE 7 运行环境和 Java Accessibility API 当前的 Oracle 版本。
在已装有OpenOffice 3.4.1 或3.4.0 的机器上安装 Apache OpenOffice 4.0.0 时，会提示用户是否要将以前版本的“个人资料”转移至新版本。这些信息包括自定义拼写检查单词、词典、扩展程序等。该转移默认执行，但用户可以通过复选框禁用此功能。
在某些情况下，用户执行包含个人资料转移的升级后首次启动 Apache OpenOffice 4.0 时，将看到如下对话框： Unable to render embedded object: File (dictionary-upgrade.png) not found.
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