Open Office 2 Pre-Review

Well, I have been using RC1 of Open Office 2 for a few weeks now, and I just wanted to take some time to jot down some opinions.

The interface is much cleaner then the 1.x era of Open Office. I must say that I really like it. The buttons are sharp and clean, and colorful. In the menus, they display the button icons next to the command, so it makes finding things easier.

As far as stability, I have had no crashes with it at all. Considering this is a beta release, I am very happy with that. Still available is the PDF creator. The font wizard is pretty cool as well, allowing you to download and install LGPL fonts directly into Open Office.

It seems to do a better job of importing and exporting from the Microsoft Office file formats then the older version. Excel to Open office is still lacking , only in the artistic area. I like using drop shadows when I create forms in spreadsheets. Open office does not yet support that. It’s a little feature, but one that I am looking forward to.

I currently am running it on Windows XP SP2. Due to some of the core features being implemented in Java, however, getting it onto a Linux box might entail some work (installing the Java Runtime and then the Open Office package by hand), but that is work that I am going to do as soon as the full 2.o is out.