OpenOffice for Mac 4 Ships with Scores of Improvements
Still paying for Microsoft Office? Yeah, you need to stop doing that and here is one of the better reasons why — Apache OpenOffice for Mac 4 is here and it does pretty much everything 99 percent of users need.
New features, bug fixes and tweaks — OpenOffice for Mac 4 is chock full o’ change, notably interoperability improvements.
• OpenOffice 4.0 (download)
— New Sidebar: akes better use of today’s widescreen displays than traditional toolbars
— Interoperability Improvements: Fidelity and interoperability improvement is an ongoing goal for Apache OpenOffice
— DrawObject Improvements/Enhancements: Color Palette is enhanced and extended with a selection of more useful colors, arranged in a new scheme to make finding colors simpler
— Enhanced conversion to Bitmap Graphics: Conversion to Bitmap graphics is greatly enhanced for all kinds of draw objects, including chart OLEs and others
— Enhanced Copy/Paste: All applications now support transparent and anti-aliased versions of, for example, DrawObjects in the selection to be exchanged with external applications
— Requires an Intel Mac running OS X 10.4 or later
— See the full release notes
For a more full-bodied discussion of OpenOffice for Mac 4, check out ghacks.
That said, if you are on a fast and reliable broadband connection, check out iWork for iCloud, which is free and pretty darned good.