A quickie OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 review

OpenOffice.org 3.2.0

It's the kind of thing you'd already know about if you were interested in it, but OpenOffice.org just released 2.3.0, wait sorry, 3.2.0. It helps to know what you're talking about before you start taking. I wonder if it'll have Oracle branding?


I've been using it for a few hours on my Core Duo MacBook Pro on Snow Leopard and it's fast. I never thought I'd use the word fast along with OpenOffice.org but they've really improved the load times and general responsiveness.

The primary OOo application I use is the Calc spreadsheet application. I prefer Gnumeric's clean interface and it's faster and more stable, but Calc does a better job with importing Excel files I'm sent. Calc still isn't as fast as Gnumeric (nothing else is!) but it's noticeably better than it was before. My GCC optimisation sheet I've talked about a few times in the past here that has thousands of rows loads more quickly and scrolling is much smoother. In my opinion this 3.2 release is bigger news than the major 3.0 one.

I'll post more details when I've had time to play around with it some more. Is it a sad state of affairs when a guy like me gets more excited by a new office suite than a new FPS? ^_^

Another update!

Within minutes of posting my update above, it seems the Lotus folks have released 3.0 beta 2 of their IBM Lotus Symphony suite. Wonder if the code base has been brought up to parity yet? The interface of their app is the best I've ever used.

It's an interesting time for office stuff. Wonder when iWork 2010 will be out?