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OpenOffice for Mac 4 Ships with Scores of Improvements

23 July 2013 1,136 views No Comment

You need to stop paying for Office — Apache OpenOffice for Mac 4 is here and it does pretty much everything 99 percent of users need…

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.

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