Google PackOver the weekend, Google quietly added Sun's StarOffice productivity suite -- the software that became OpenOffice.org and is now based upon it -- to Google Pack. The free collection of applications for Windows now numbers 13, and features other programs such as Skype, RealPlayer, Adobe Reader and Spyware Doctor.
Typically, a new product being added to Google Pack wouldn't warrant much interest (especially since the first 12 were available for free previously), but StarOffice normally costs $70, and the move could be seen as a challenge to the dominance of Microsoft Office. It's also a sign that Google isn't interested in building or branding its own offline office suite, as was rumored back in 2005.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarOfficeStarOffice supports the XML file format, including (as of StarOffice 8) the OpenDocument standard, and can generate PDF and Flash formats. The program comes with templates, a macro recorder, and a Software Development Kit (SDK).
Proprietary components in StarOffice that are not in OpenOffice.org include:
There are also differences in the documentation, training and support options, and some minor differences in the look and icons between the two programs.
- Several font metric compatible Unicode TrueType fonts containing bitmap representations for better appearance at smaller font sizes
- 12 Western fonts (including Andale Sans, Arial Narrow, Arial Black, Broadway, Garamond, Imprint MT Shadow, Kidprint, Palace Script, Sheffield) and 7 Asian language fonts (including support for the Hong Kong Supplementary character set)
- Adabas D database
- StarOffice-only templates and sample documents
- A large clip art gallery
- Sorting functionality for Asian versions
- File filters for additional older wordprocessing formats (including EBCDIC)
- A different spell checker (note that OpenOffice.org does include a spell checker as well) and thesaurus
- StarOffice Configuration Manager
- Macro Converter for converting Microsoft Office VBA-macros to StarBasic
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* Scrolling problem with some Microsoft mice fixed on Windows Vista.
* Disc Quality Test: added support for blu-ray testing with Mediatek based drives
* Added preliminary support for HD DVD-RW SL/DL
* Small improvements and bug fixes
* Security update: updated Vorbis libraries to 1.2.0
* Fixed a bug in title formatting / $caps2()
* Fixed drag&drop bugs
* Fixed playlist file format detection over mime types
Mi-am instalat şi eu marele software, numai de curiozitate. Dat fiind că majoritatea pdf-urilor eu le citesc în browser, eram curios să văd dacă ştie să arate doar fragmente. Un *****! A stat până ce a descărcat tot fişierul. Mulţam fain, dar asta ştia şi AR acum 10 ani. Uninstalled.Sa stii ca asa e. Acum nici nu-l am instalat, insa cand il instalez deschid pdf-urile cu acrobat doar daca am de modificat ceva, altfel folosesc Foxit pentru ca le deschide instantaneu. Long live Foxit Reader!
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