Ostatic: “OpenOffice.org 3.3 Release Candidate 3 was released on November 1 with many updates and new features that have been in development for the last six months or more. This comes when as many as 33 OpenOffice.org developers are handing in their resignations. While the loss of the German team is unlikely to affect this release, one has to wonder what the future holds for OpenOffice.org.
What’s New in 3.3.0
Fonts – Oracle has contributed a narrow font to the Liberation font families making OpenOffice.org more compatible with Arial Narrow font commonly used in Microsoft Office. In addition, standard PDF fonts that were previously only embedded in PDF/A files are now available to any PDF document.
Password protection – A new dialog was added that supports setting passwords to protect Word 97, Excel 97, and ODF documents. Writer and Calc can also now support two password settings: the familiar read protection and the new write protection. With this you might allow one group of workers to modify files while another can only read them.
Million Rows & Tab Colors – Calc now supports 1,048,576 rows instead of 65,536 and users can assign colors to their tabs.
Insert Drawing Objects – Users can now insert objects such as lines, rectangles, cubes, symbols, flowcharts, etc. into Chart projects. Some defaults have been changed as well such as larger size, larger font size, no black borders, better 3D look, and more.
User-friendly Slide Type – the presentation slide start view will now feature icons for popular slide types: table, chart, picture, or movie. The menu will feature options such as duplicate slide, assign layout to existing slide, or create specific slide type.
Document Search – A new search box with next and previous buttons will now be included in the toolbar.”