Apache OpenOffice Changelog

New in version 4.1.1

August 22nd, 2014
  • Improvements/Enhancements:
  • The lookup gesture feature of Mac OSX has been fixed.
  • Bug fixes:
  • German Windows: "unoinfo java" indicates UTF-16LE encoding, but encoding is not UTF-16
  • Crash with sidebar
  • Hangs when applying default format across multiple lines
  • Crash when disabling sidebar view after undocking and closing sidebar
  • WW8: outline imported instead of simple numbered list
  • WW8: custom outline numbering has wrong first level style
  • WW8: some headings have no outline level on import
  • WW8: table of contents empty due to not assigned outline styles on import
  • WW6: outline not imported, thus no TOC entries displayed
  • WW8: wrong style assignment for outline numbering imported
  • WW8: custom Outline Numbering is imported with wrong 2nd level setting
  • Opening complex docx document takes several minutes (but succeeds)
  • Dictionaries updates right after installation
  • WW8: custom Outline numbering imported with wrong level assignment
  • CRASH when 'View - close sidebar' with Navigator active
  • Formular bar not updating
  • "Read Error" with embedded images after saving in Writer
  • Picture loss on save
  • Huge memory consumption for very large and complex .odt
  • CRASH when scroll through very large and complex .odt
  • Crash: after applying the comment arises the problem with using table
  • Comment/Annotation applies to wrong table selection
  • Send file as e-mail fails if AOO is in a path with spaces
  • Export to SVG: Error when line contains arrow and text
  • Bad SVG import with particular files
  • embedded OLE object imported with wrong style from PPTX
  • [SVG] svg node does not consider styles from a style element
  • cropping + scaling image in writer results in a blue rectangle
  • Mac64 only: Mighty Mouse horizontal scrolling issue
  • No multimedia support in MacOSX
  • layout differs in AOO 4.1.0 vs 4.0.1 (and previous)
  • remove obsoleted module-internal custom allocator in SAL
  • remove custom allocator support in stlport-replacement headers
  • Font Effects not applied correctly
  • Line length miscalculated when character spacing is expanded
  • Left-mouse-down above text edit area crashes, "Index out of bounds"
  • CStringEqual can return true for non-equal c-strings
  • helpex Export::CopyFile is too slow
  • 2 scrollbars blocked at the ends of the sheet
  • [GTK] Scrollbars without steppers are buggy
  • nbintegration: Blanks or Colons in path seem unsupported under windows
  • doAccessibleAction(0) failed on combobox with dropdown
  • CRASH when open edit mode copy of older document.odt version
  • update meta data for AOO 4.1.1
  • Huge memory usage with docs which contain many graphics
  • Linked JPG image not preserved when exported to PDF with loss-less compression
  • Update English dictionaries for OpenOffice 4.1.1
  • Mac and Java Oracle 1.7
  • WW8: imported TOC empty, due to paragraphs having "outline level" property
  • Insert picture (from file) focus jumps to end of document
  • File - Versions - Always save a version on closing is not working
  • Inherited style property "Space above/below Paragraph" lost for particular styles
  • named range with visibility condition can crash writer
  • Embedded GDI Metafiles replaced by "Read Error" box after File - Save
  • reset formatting behind special formattings hangs AOO
  • AOO opens Word .docx with wrong text alignment
  • Embedded PNG Pictures replaced by "Read Error" box
  • conditional text field does not update view after changing variable
  • opening some documents is much slower in AOO 4.1
  • Regression Textfield.user cant be deleted via Script
  • *.docx import: import of overlapping bookmarks broken
  • input fields are no longer considered as cell values
  • URL of linked PNG images wrong after save when automatic save has taken place
  • Linked SVG image embedded after save when automatic save has taken place
  • conditional hidden paragraph does not update after textfield changes value
  • buildbot version 411 r1611634 crashes on attached document
  • Help Text isn't right-aligned, in Hebrew/Arabic languages
  • SVG export of a selected area causes the whole canvas to be exported
  • Build no more possible with Xcode 5.1
  • Font color and shadow color cannot be different
  • Pootle damaged file
  • New translations:
  • Catalan (ca)
  • Catalan (Valencian RACV) ca-XR)
  • Catalan (Valencian AVL) (ca-XV)
  • Updated translations:
  • German (de)
  • Hebrew (he)
  • Khmer (kh)
  • Lithuanian (lt)
  • Polish (pl)
  • Portuguese (European) (pt-PT)
  • Traditional Chinese (zh-tw)
  • Thai (th) Vietnamese (vi)
  • New Dictionaries:
  • Catalan (ca)
  • Catalan (Valencian RACV) ca-XR)
  • Catalan (Valencian AVL) (ca-XV)
  • Updated Dictionaries:
  • English (en)
  • French (fr)
  • Portuguese (European) (pt-PT)
  • Russian (ru)
  • Slovenian (sl)
  • Known Issues:
  • Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 will be flagged by the new Gatekeeper facility in Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Maverick. This is a new feature to help guard against malware on Mac systems. There is a procedure laid out at the following link to allow applications not installed from the Mac App store to run. See the Mac support article.
  • Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 supports Java 7, which is the recommended configuration; but (especially on 64-bit Windows) you might receive warnings about the Java version being defective. In that case, download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package. If you still have problems, install the most current JRE 6 version. Make sure you get the file "Windows x86 Offline (32-bit)". Then configure OpenOffice to use is at "Tools - Options - OpenOffice - Java". See this forum topic for more information.
  • For the MacOSX version only, any extensions that are written in C++ for AOO 4.0 (or earlier) will no longer work and be marked as disabled in the AOO extensions manager. This is because of the change of AOO from a 32-bit to a 64-bit application on MacOSX. Please report the problem to the developer of the extension.
  • Dictionaries for Spell Check are temporarily only included in complete localized Installers and not in Language packs (Issue 124423). They can be installed as extensions using Tools->Extension Manager.

New in version 4.1.0 (April 29th, 2014)

  • NEW FEATURES:
  • Comments/Annotations on text ranges
  • Support for iAccessible2
  • IMPROVEMENTS/ENHANCEMENTS:
  • In-place editing of Input Fields
  • Interactive Crop Feature
  • Import Picture from File and Drag & Drop of Graphic Data
  • Load/Import of 3D Charts improved
  • Improved Graphic Modifications/Filters for Vector Graphics
  • Keep original Graphic Data when ever possible
  • Clipboard enhancements for Graphic Content
  • Other Improvements/Enhancements: Seamonkey replaced by NSS ("Network Security Services")
  • ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE SUPPORT:
  • New translations available in Apache OpenOffice 4.1 include:
  • Bulgarian (bg)
  • Danish (da)
  • Hebrew (he)
  • Hindi (hi)
  • Norwegian Bokmal (nb)
  • Thai (th)
  • Updated translations available in Apache OpenOffice 4.1 include:
  • Basque (eu)
  • Dutch (nl)
  • German (de)
  • Lithuanian (lt)
  • Portuguese (pt)
  • Serbian (sr)
  • Spanish (es)
  • Turkish (tr)
  • New and Updated Dictionaries:
  • New Dictionaries:
  • Lithuanian (lt)
  • Portuguese (pt-PT)
  • Updated Dictionaries:
  • English (en)
  • German (de)
  • Gaelic (gd)

New in version 4.1.0 Beta (March 7th, 2014)

  • NEW FEATURES:
  • Comments/Annotations on text ranges:
  • In Writer comments/annotations are now possible on text ranges instead of only on text positions.
  • This feature had been introduced in the OpenDocument file format (ODF) in version 1.2 and improves among other things the interoperability with the OOXML file format, but until now had not been implemented in OpenOffice. The OSBA OOXML improvement project includes the implementation of this feature. Accordingly, the implementation based on the integration of the work done by SUSE for this OSBA project - corresponding patches had been provided under ALv2.
  • Details on the feature:
  • comment/annotation on a text range inside a paragraph (part of OSBA project)
  • comment/annotation on arbitrary text ranges
  • comments/annotations on overlapping text ranges
  • highlight of commented/annotated text range (part of OSBA project plus needed improvements)
  • ODF import/export
  • basic import/export functionality (part of OSBA project plus needed fixes)
  • support for author initials (part of OSBA project plus needed ODF conformance fix)
  • OOXML import
  • basic import functionality (part of OSBA project)
  • import of author initials (part of OSBA project plus needed fix)
  • import of author and creation date
  • IMPROVEMENTS/ENHANCEMENTS:
  • In Writer the user experience for editing Input Fields has been improved.
  • The user can now modify the content of an Input Field directly in the document's text area - no additional dialog is needed. When traveling with the cursor into an Input Field the users gets feedback about Entering and Leaving the Input Field. A bounding rectangle is drawn around the Input Field when the cursor is inside the Input Field - see following illustration.
  • When the cursor is inside an Input Field the user can navigate to the next or the previous Input Field using the TAB-key respectively the SHIFT-TAB-Key - similar to the navigation from one cell to another cell inside a table. To insert a TAB-character into an Input Field CTRL-TAB-key has to be used.
  • In read-only text documents the user can still edit the existing Input Fields and navigate from one Input Field to the other. Also the field shadings are visible for Input Fields in read-only text documents.
  • Input Fields can only contain text without formatting. Accordingly, the corresponding edit and insert actions for Input Fields are restricted and character formattings are applied to the complete Input Field. This means no change compared to former OpenOffice versions.
  • Interactive Crop Feature:
  • The Interactive Crop feature for selected Graphic Objects in Draw/Impress allows intuitive cropping of Graphic Object content. However, it only worked flawlessly when the object was not transformed except being translated and scaled. For AOO 4.0 a preview of the cropped part was already added, for AOO 4.1 the interactive cropping will work in combination with all possible Graphic Object transformations; if your Graphic Object is rotated, sheared, mirrored in X and/or Y, it can now be interactively cropped flawlessly. Also the cropped result will be correct now in all combinations of transformations and all possible graphic contents (pixel graphics, metafiles, SVG, ...) in all exports (Print, PDF Export, ...)
  • Import Picture from File and Drag&Drop of Graphic Data:
  • Importing Picture/Graphic Data from File and Drag&Drop of that data has been enhanced and unified for all situations and all Applications of AOO 4.1. The main goal was to make the re-usage of existing documents or copy/pasting of single Pages easier by allowing simpler replacement of the content of existing Graphic Objects. You can now for example copy/paste Slides and easily replace the Graphic content of Graphic Objects without changing their Position or Orientation. This is also possible for Writer Graphic Objects, so e.g. copy/paste Pages in Writer containing Graphic Objects or copying Pages from another Document and then replace the Pictures
  • The following actions work the same in all AOO 4.1 Applications
  • For using the Import Picture from File Dialog
  • If no Graphic Object is selected, a new one will be inserted at Cursor position (as usual)
  • If a Graphic Object is selected, it's content will be replaced without changing the Position or Orientation
  • If a Draw Object is selected, the new Graphic content will be used as Graphic FillStyle for that Object
  • Selecting the 'Link' feature in the Dialog will create a linked Graphic Object in the first two cases
  • For Drag&Drop
  • If there is no Graphic Object at the drop position, a new one will be inserted there (as usual)
  • If there is a Graphic Object at the drop position, it's content will be replaced without changing the Position or Orientation
  • If there is a Draw Object at the drop position, the new Graphic content will be used as Graphic FillStyle for that Object
  • Pressing CTRL+SHIFT will create a linked Graphic Object in the first two cases
  • This was an enhancement request to make re-usage of existing Graphic Objects easier - the problem was that the user had to insert a new Graphic Object, note the Position and Size of the old one and apply this to the new one to cleanly replace the old Graphic Object.
  • Load/Import of 3D Charts improved:
  • There was a performance problem when Documents with big 3D charts were Loaded (own Formats) or Imported (external Formats). That issue was located in the creation of a huge amount of 3D Objects for Chart visualization. This has been improved. For example; an example document (External with a huge Chart containing 100x100x5 vertical 3D Data Boxes) could not be imported at all.
  • Improved Graphic Modifications/Filters for Vector Graphics:
  • When applying Modifications and/or Filters to Graphic Objects the change was often applied by internally changing the Vector Graphic (SVG or Metafile) to a Pixel-Based variant. This makes the advantages of Vector Graphics vanish and often results in bad output quality for Print and PDF export. Also the handling of Graphic Objects varied between Writer and other AOO Applications in this aspect. This has been internally unified so that all usages of Vector Data in Graphic Objects are equally improved for this aspect and in the future.
  • It is not possible to enhance all modifications AOO offers to GraphicObjects to Vector Graphics in this way, but many were improved. Vector Graphics will stay enhanced when applying the following modifications:
  • Gray scale
  • Black/White
  • Watermark
  • Transparency (additional, 0% to 100%)
  • Red/Green/Blue modification (-100% to 100%)
  • Brightness (-100% to 100%)
  • Contrast (-100% to 100%)
  • Gamma Correction (0.10 to 10)
  • This also works for all combinations of the above modifications. This enhancement is already visible in the Edit Views, but it's main goal is to increase Print and PDF export quality (and other exports that can keep Vector Data) when working with Vector Graphic content accordingly. Here is an example from the Edit Views (Left: AOO 4.0.1, Right: AOO 4.1). It's the same SVG graphic modified to Grayscale
  • Keep original Graphic Data when ever possible:
  • Previous versions of AOO eventually modified the type of inserted Graphic Data, for example inserted JPEG files were in some scenarios saved as PNG in the created ODF files. These scenarios were different for the different AOO Applications since it was not handled the same internally. This has been improved so that AOO 4.1 handles this equal in all Applications and tries to always keep your inserted original Graphic Data when possible. This gives advantages for the file size of the created ODF Files, but also for the Image quality. There were scenarios in which JPEG files were recoded to JPEG which will in no case improve the image quality but has the potential to lower it
  • This works for BMP, JPEG, PNG and GIF for pixel-oriented graphics. It is also in place for Vector-based Graphics like SVG and Metafiles
  • Clipboard enhancements for Graphic Content:
  • The Clipboard support for exchange of PNG is further improved, so that Pixel-based Graphic modification cycles (e.g. copying graphic content to an external Application, modifying it and copying it back to AOO 4.1) will work better with more external Image Editors of your choice. Broader support for PNG means that transparency in Pixel-based graphics will be preserved in more places. Did you know that you can copy any Graphic Object from AOO 4.1 to the clipboard and paste it to any external Image editor of your choice to modify them and copy them back?
  • Other Improvements/Enhancements:
  • Seamonkey replaced by NSS ("Network Security Services"):
  • Outdated code from Mozilla that was used to include cryptography services and address book access has been replaced with the more modern and more secure NSS libraries. This grwatly simplifies the build process and source code maintenance and is transparent to end users in general.
  • End users are affected only in the following ways:
  • Under Windows XP, trying to add the Windows Address Book as an OpenOffice database; this has always been the case on any newer Windows versions (Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8).
  • Thunderbird users will not see direct Thunderbird address book support in OpenOffice's address book wizard, but the OpenOffice support for CSV can replace it for now. Users can use Thunderbird's Tools->Export->AsCsv functionality to get their address book as comma separated text.
  • Authenticated LDAP access is now unsupported (the non-authenticated access was already unsupported).
  • Additional Language Support:
  • New translations available in Apache OpenOffice 4.1 include:
  • Bulgarian
  • Kazakh
  • Danish
  • Norwegian Bokmal
  • Hindi
  • Thai
  • Updated translations available in Apache OpenOffice 4.1 include:
  • Basque
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Lithuanian
  • Portuguese
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • New Dictionaries:
  • Lithuanian
  • Updated Dictionaries:
  • English

New in version 3.4.0 (May 8th, 2012)

  • 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

New in version 3.3.0 (December 16th, 2010)

  • News Facts:
  • Oracle today introduced Oracle Cloud Office and Open Office 3.3, two complete, open standards-based office productivity suites for the desktop, web and mobile devices – helping users significantly improve productivity, reduce costs and achieve greater innovation across the enterprise.
  • Based on the Open Document Format (ODF) and open web standards, Oracle Office enables users to share files on any system as it is compatible with both legacy Microsoft Office documents and modern web 2.0 publishing.
  • Oracle Office products, users gain personal productivity, web 2.0 collaboration and enterprise-integrated document tools on Windows, Mac, Linux, Web browsers and smartphones such as the iPhone at an unrivaled price.
  • Oracle Office APIs and open standards-based approach provides IT users with flexibility, lower short and long-term costs and freedom from vendor lock-in - enabling organizations to build a complete Open Standard Office Stack.
  • Open and Integrated for Office Productivity Anywhere:
  • Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle OpenOffice 3.3 are enterprise-class office productivity suites that offer applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database and drawings.
  • Both products allow for ubiquitous document authoring and collaboration and enhanced productivity across the enterprise. Specifically:
  • Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 is a web and mobile office suite that enables web 2.0-style collaboration and mobile document access. Compatibility with Microsoft Office and integration with Oracle Open Office enable rich and seamless offline editing of complex presentations, text and spreadsheet documents.
  • Oracle Open Office 3.3 includes new enterprise connectors to Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle E-Business Suite, other Oracle Applications and Microsoft Sharepoint, to allow for fast, seamless integration into existing enterprise software stacks. In addition, it adds increased stability, compatibility and performance at up to five times lower license cost compared to Microsoft Office.
  • Oracle Cloud Office has been designed to take advantage of a flexible web-scale architecture offering elastic scaling. Customers and partners can leverage Oracle Cloud Office as an on-premise, on-demand or SaaS deployment.
  • Supporting Quote:
  • “Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3 deliver complete, open and cost-effective office productivity suites that are designed and optimized for our customers’ needs,” said Michael Bemmer, vice president of Oracle Office. “Customers now have the flexibility to support users across a wide variety of devices and platforms, whether via desktop, private or public cloud. With Oracle Office, enterprises can reduce costs while helping to increase productivity and speed innovation.”

New in version 2.4.2 (October 31st, 2008)

  • CVE-2008-2237: Manipulated WMF files can lead to heap overflows and arbitrary code execution
  • CVE-2008-2238: Manipulated EMF files can lead to heap overflows and arbitrary code execution