The Free and Open Productivity Suite
Released: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.14 1.0.x Features

by Nick Richards with some content from John McCreesh and Louis Suárez-Potts



What Does It Do?
The Entire Suite
Names of Components


What's in What does it do? This page seeks to provide a brief synopsis of the features of

Note. This page does not detail the new features of 1.1. Please see the 1.1 Features Page.

For more information on updates, you should go to the current Release Notes.


Names of Components has these components:

What Does it Do?

The suite covers pretty much everything you need with a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, equation editor and a drawing program. It opens most major formats such as MS Office almost flawlessly (Macros aren't converted), saves to PDF* , has comprehensive help, and spellchecking in 15 languages. Having said that, let's detail some of the major features:

The Entire Suite is a powerful yet simple environment for your work. All of the features in this section are used throughout the suite and help to give it a unique character.


WRITER Writer is at the heart of the suite. It's a sophisticated Word Processing and document layout program with all of the features mentioned above and a few more of its own.



It's the spreadsheet program you've always wanted. Newcomers find it intuitive and easy to learn; professional data miners and number crunchers will appreciate the comprehensive range of advanced functions.



DRAW - from a quick sketch to a complex plan, DRAW gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. It won't organise or edit your digital photo's as well as other programs but if you need to create a diagram, picture or illustration then you'll be glad to have it.



IMPRESS is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will stand out with 2D and 3D clip art, special effects animation, and high-impact drawing tools.

Under UNIX based systems where spadmin, the printer administration program, uses ghostscript, ps2pdf, etc. We're working on a new 'create PDF' feature on all the platforms we support, you can find it in the 'developer' builds today.

This software is OSI Certified Open Source Software. OSI Certified is a certification mark of the Open Source Initiative.


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