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Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby Hagar Delest » Tue May 08, 2012 3:25 pm

See the official announcement: http://www.openoffice.org/news/aoo34.html

The Apache OpenOffice Project Announces Apache OpenOffice™ 3.4

http://www.OpenOffice.org —8 May 2012— The Apache OpenOffice Project today announced the availability of Apache OpenOffice™ 3.4, the first release of OpenOffice under the governance of the Apache Software Foundation.

Apache OpenOffice is the original open source office productivity suite, designed for professional and consumer use.

"With the donation of OpenOffice.org to the ASF, the Foundation, and especially the podling project, was given a daunting task: re-energize a community and transform OpenOffice from a codebase of unknown Intellectual Property heritage, to a vetted and Apache Licensed software suite," said Jim Jagielski, ASF President and an Apache OpenOffice project mentor. "The release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 shows just how successful the project has been: pulling in developers from over 21 corporate affiliations, while avoiding undue influence which is the death-knell of true open source communities; building a solid and stable codebase, with significant improvement and enhancements over other variants; and, of course, creating a healthy, vibrant and diverse user and developer community."

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open source office productivity suite, with more than 100 million users worldwide in home, corporate, government, research, and academic environments, across 15 languages. Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is available for download free of charge. OpenOffice 3.4 features:
  • word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, drawing, and mathematical editing applications support for Windows, Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) and Macintosh operating environments
  • native language support for English, Arabic, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Galician, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese
  • improved ODF support, including new ODF 1.2 encryption options and new spreadsheet functions
  • enhanced pivot table support in Calc
  • enhanced graphics, including line caps, shear transformations and native support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • improvements in performance and quality
The complete list of new features, functions, and improvements is available in the Release Notes.

Apache OpenOffice users also benefit from a broad ecosystem of 3rd party products, including over 2300 templates and over 800 extensions.

Community-Driven Development, The Apache Way

The OpenOffice code base was created by Star Division in the 1990's, acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999 and later Oracle Corporation in 2010, before being submitted to The Apache Software Foundation mid-2011.

Today the project is being developed by an all-volunteer group of developers, testers, translators, and other contributors under the ASF's meritocratic process informally dubbed "The Apache Way", and is supported by hundreds of Open Source software volunteers from around the world.

[...]

For the first official Apache release of OpenOffice, the developer team successfully conformed to the policy defined by the Incubator Project Management Committee by identifying, removing and replacing with comparable function those libraries with licenses incompatible with Apache Software Foundation license policy.

Future Developments

Plans for future enhancements by the Project include support for additional native languages, enhanced accessibility, usability and performance improvements, and adopting new features and improvements from the upcoming IBM Lotus Symphony contribution.

The Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee invites people to join. There are many different area where contribution is most welcome. Check out the Get Involved page.

"Apache OpenOffice is the leading Open Source office productivity suite with more than 15 years of engineering investment. We are pleased and excited to offer OpenOffice fully licensed under the Apache License 2. This offering will form the foundation of OpenOffice innovation moving forward here at Apache," said Juergen Schmidt, Apache OpenOffice Release Manager and veteran core developer. "With the achievement of this major milestone, we have established a diverse and vibrant community with sufficient depth and skills to ably steward this important product into the future. We look forward to graduating as an Apache Top Level Project soon."

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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby kingfisher » Wed May 09, 2012 1:19 am

I see there is no British English version (or language pack) yet. Anyone have any idea when there will be?
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby hanya » Wed May 09, 2012 7:53 am

kingfisher wrote:I see there is no British English version (or language pack) yet. Anyone have any idea when there will be?
http://markmail.org/message/oqvmumnqqer2fdsa
Please, edit this thread's initial post and add "[Solved]" to the subject line if your problem has been solved.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby kingfisher » Wed May 09, 2012 8:32 am

Thanks. For anyone else who is interested, this seems to express the situation:
en-GB is removed from dist after I have talked with infra people in IRC

It is cleaner and better to have it removed completely.

So please remove en-GB from the supported language list for 3.4. It will be part of the net micro update 3.4.1 with the updated localization
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby vasa1 » Wed May 09, 2012 9:07 am

Any idea whether the "micro update 3.4.1", and updates in general, will be delta (differential) or full installs?
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OpenOffice build for Sunos - Solaris/Openindiana/Illumos

Postby nikolam » Wed May 09, 2012 6:31 pm

There is no OpenOffice for Solaris 10 and Solaris 11 x86, Solaris SPARC and Opensolaris - Openindiana/Illumos (currently on 151a4 /dev prerelease)
I think people Building previious release for SunOS were from Germany I think but as OO.org 3.4 is not on download site, I guess it needs to be buid for Solarises.

If code and build environment changes are not extreme big e.g. , maybe Openoffice.org could be built for Solaris10/11 and Openindiana/Illumos ?
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby PGAGA » Wed May 09, 2012 9:30 pm

May 9, 2012

A developer snapshot can be found here:

https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/dis ... +Snapshots

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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby wolfman2332 » Wed May 09, 2012 9:40 pm

Fantastic!

I observed in the release notes that it no longer supports Tunderbird address books. Does this mean I have to convert to Seamonkey?
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby kingfisher » Thu May 10, 2012 2:20 am

An early article.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby rudolfo » Thu May 10, 2012 2:36 am

wolfman2332 wrote:I observed in the release notes that it no longer supports Tunderbird address books. Does this mean I have to convert to Seamonkey?

The release notes actually say Base: Mozilla Address Book support removed, in favor of Seamonkey.
This doesn't mean Mozilla's Thunderbird product, but the old full Browser/Email Suite Mozilla. As you don't even remember this product and think of Thunderbird if you hear the words Mozilla and Address book this proofs that they are right with their statement "Since the Mozilla product has long been superseded by the SeaMonkey suite, ..."
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby wolfman2332 » Thu May 10, 2012 5:49 pm

Installed it last night - works nicely with Thinderbird - application is also playing well with other aps on my system (Win7). Am delighted by the changes and improvements so far. Worth the wait, and have no doubt that Ooo will be catching up to LO with the next releases.

Rudolfo - I don;t really understand your reference - as I understand it, Seamonkey is a combined browaser/email handler, where as Firefox and Thunderbird are two separate packages. I need the calendar and othe features in Thunderbird. I have looked at Seamonkey, but it seems incomplete for my mission requirements.

Anyway - to all - THANKS and keep going!
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby hughmcguire4 » Thu May 10, 2012 10:28 pm

Oh wonderful,we've got Apache OO 3.4. Too bad my up-to-date iMac10.6.8 doesn't recognize the download and there are no options. :x
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby lgusaas » Fri May 11, 2012 12:13 am

hughmcguire4 wrote:Oh wonderful,we've got Apache OO 3.4. Too bad my up-to-date iMac10.6.8 doesn't recognize the download and there are no options. :x

What problem did you encounter? Error messages?

I had no problem installing AOO 3.4 on my MacBook.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby rudolfo » Fri May 11, 2012 3:02 am

wolfman2332 wrote:Rudolfo - I don;t really understand your reference - as I understand it, Seamonkey is a combined browaser/email handler, where as Firefox and Thunderbird are two separate packages. I need the calendar and othe features in Thunderbird. I have looked at Seamonkey, but it seems incomplete for my mission requirements.

As you have figured out Apache OpenOffice 3.4 still works with the Thunderbird address book. (So did I because I did a quick test before writing my post). The source of confusion is the phrase Mozilla. There is a Mozilla Organization that releases all those well known products as Firefox, Thunderbird and the not so well known Seamonkey. But their first software product was actually a thing that was also called Mozilla:
www.mozilla.org/about/history.html wrote:After several years of development, Mozilla 1.0, the first major version, was released in 2002. This version featured many improvements to the browser, email client and other applications included in the suite, but not many people were using it.

It was the same type of browser/email communication suite as the Netscape Communicator and later on Mozilla's Seamonkey. Only the support for the address book of this specific software product "Mozilla Suite" has been dropped in OpenOffice. The address books in any other products that are released by the Mozilla Foundation are still supported.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby kingfisher » Fri May 11, 2012 2:02 pm

vasa1 wrote:Any idea whether the "micro update 3.4.1", and updates in general, will be delta (differential) or full installs?


There's a new thread on Setup about the en_GB version. See also this issue (two votes allowed) and thread on dev list beginning with this message.

Updates have always (AFAIK) been full installations.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby wolfman2332 » Fri May 11, 2012 3:31 pm

Thanks Rudolfo - that makes sense, but it is sort of confusing.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby pjwalkerpj » Sun May 13, 2012 8:40 am

Has anyone else noticed that Report Builder extension does not instal into AOO3.4?
Without it 3.4 is totally useless for me
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby lgusaas » Sun May 13, 2012 9:50 am

pjwalkerpj wrote:Has anyone else noticed that Report Builder extension does not instal into AOO3.4?
Without it 3.4 is totally useless for me
Pete

I have Oracle Report Builder 1.2.1 installed in AOO 3.4 on my Mac.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby Vitesse » Sun May 13, 2012 10:23 am

What is the situation regarding Java 7 and 3.4? The download instructions say "at least Java 1.6". The "Java & OpenOffice.org" notes say nothing re JRE version numbers.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby RoryOF » Sun May 13, 2012 10:30 am

Some reports indicate that Java 6 (_not_ 7) is required with AOO 3.4.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby Vitesse » Sun May 13, 2012 11:07 am

RoryOF wrote:Some reports indicate that Java 6 (_not_ 7) is required with AOO 3.4.

Well, that was my understanding, but somebody on the MozillaZine forum reckoned that 3.4 works with Java 7. I'd prefer to upgrade to 7 as it's more secure, but I don't want to screw up my OpenOffice installation in the process!
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby RoryOF » Sun May 13, 2012 11:20 am

OpenOffice allows one to select a particular Java installation from all the Javas installed on a computer
/Tools /Options /Openoffice.org : Java and check the desired installation.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby /a3 » Sun May 13, 2012 11:29 am

Vitesse wrote:Well, that was my understanding, but somebody on the MozillaZine forum reckoned that 3.4 works with Java 7. I'd prefer to upgrade to 7 as it's more secure, but I don't want to screw up my OpenOffice installation in the process!

More secure? Version 6 is still maintained by Oracle at the moment and gets plenty of security updates. :)

Just make sure you uninstall old versions (that are kept for compatibility).
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby PGAGA » Sun May 13, 2012 2:13 pm

May 13, 2012

AOO 3.4 will run with Java 7, but some components will not work because of compatibility issues with Java 6 and Java 7. I was running on WInXP with Java 7 and one of the extensions I regularly use would not install with Java 7. I switched back to Java 6 and the extension installed.

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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby pjwalkerpj » Mon May 14, 2012 4:54 am

lgusaas wrote:
pjwalkerpj wrote:Has anyone else noticed that Report Builder extension does not instal into AOO3.4?
Without it 3.4 is totally useless for me
Pete

I have Oracle Report Builder 1.2.1 installed in AOO 3.4 on my Mac.

(Un) fortunately I do not work in the Mac environment. I have a fully updated XP environment in which 3.2 works fine, 3.3 has some very annoying idiosynchrosies (?) and 3.4 is unacceptable. The trend here is inescapable.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby FJCC » Mon May 14, 2012 5:27 am

Report builder cannot be included in an Apache release because of license problems. Any future update of it to maintain compatibility with AOO will depend on someone other that the AFS, at least as I understand it. I will try using it with 3.4 tomorrow and see how it goes.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby pjwalkerpj » Tue May 15, 2012 5:51 am

I await your findings FJCC with interest.
However I don't think that the problem is with Oracle Report Builder. This program has performed, albeit with limitations, in a stable condition with other versions of OOo and with Libre Office. The thing that has changed is the Apache release. This is where it must be fixed.
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby pjwalkerpj » Tue May 15, 2012 8:00 am

I have resurrected a clean, ie no instances of any open office programs, copy of XP and downloaded a new copy of AOO 3.4. I also downloaded a new copy of Oracle Report Builder.
The instalation of 3.4 managed to find a very old copy of Sun Reporter and spat the dummy.
However after a couple of goes I have found something that works
1. Make sure that Java (jre) has been enabled in Options. Version 6.31 works for me. I haven't as yet tried the very new version 7.
2. Change the extension of ORB from zip to OXT and instal using the extension manager
Hey presto it works.
The only thing that seems to have changed is that you can't create the report from within the ARB edit page. You have to go back and select open rather than edit and the reports are created.
I have just realised that without that toolbar all the edit facilities are not there either so you can't manually create a report. Maybe you can instal the tool bar. I will investigate also I will have to test the wizard to see if that works acceptably.
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PS When I reopened 3.4 and the ORB, the tool bar has reappeared and is working as normal
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby ebworthen » Thu May 17, 2012 8:09 am

Installed 3.4 on a clean Windows 7 64-Bit install.

"Typical" Installation.

After install only dialog screen was "Open Database".

WTF?

I don't want to open a database.

Are you out to screw up OpenOffice, give Microsoft more money, or chase us all to Google Docs?

No menu for separate programs withing OpenOffice, only "Open Database".

Good Lord...
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Re: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released

Postby kingfisher » Thu May 17, 2012 12:56 pm

Calm down. We are not the developers. If you want help, this is the place to come. If you want to let off steam, take a cold shower.
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