Essential downloads: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 released

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Essential downloads: Apache OpenOffice 3.4 released

Apache OpenOffice is a free, feature-packed office suite for PC, Mac and Linux. The latest version adds a host of improvements including zippier load times and AES256 encryption support. Get the download here.

The Apache OpenOffice Project has returned with the latest version of its free open source office suite; Apache OpenOffice 3.4. 

Designed for professional and consumer use, Apache OpenOffice is a free open source office productivity suite that comes with all the essentials you'd find in a commercial product such as Microsoft Office.

The full features set includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, drawing, and mathematical editing applications for Windows, Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) and Macintosh operating systems.

The latest version, which has been in development for more than a year, adds a host of new tools and improvements. 

Features new to Apache OpenOffice 3.4 include:

  • Faster startup.
  • 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" across the board.

You can see an exhaustive list of what's new in version 3.4 at the Apache OpenOffice Project website.

Apache OpenOffice, which was created by an all-volunteer group of contributors, is one of the most prolifically used office productivity suites in the world, according to the group's web site. The site claims a user-base currently exceeding 100 million in home, corporate, government, research and academic environments. If you're looking for a free alternative to the usual suspects, it's worth checking out.

You can download a free copy of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 by paying a visit to the Apache OpenOffice Project webiste.

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