In June 2011, Oracle officially transferred all rights to the OpenOffice.org office suite of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Since that moment, all users have been waiting for the first official release of OpenOffice running ASF. Finally, it happened: on May 8, 2012 came outApache OpenOffice 3.4.

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 - the first release of OpenOffice running the Apache Software Foundation. After the transfer of the package by Oracle to ASF, the project was in the incubator, but on May 8, 2012 the official release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 was held. the first release released by ASF for free use under the terms of the Apache 2.0 license. Representatives of more than 20 companies that provided the necessary resources for the development of the project under the auspices of the Apache foundation took part in its development.

OpenOffice is still one of the most well-known application packages among projects with open source. More than 100 million users worldwide   use it at home, in commercial, governmental and research organizations, in educational institutions. There are 15 localizations of the program, including Russian.

So far, the program has not undergone significant changes, sincewhen developing Apache OpenOffice 3.4, the focus was on integrating the project into the Apache infrastructure and auditing the licensed code   in connection with the transition to the Apache license. As a result, many subsystems had to be replaced and rewritten, and there was no way to re-license it under the Apache license.

The main features and enhancements to Apache OpenOffice 3.4 include:

  • the usual office package: word processor, spreadsheet, presentations program, a mechanism for connecting to the external DBMS and embedded DBMS, vector graphics editor, and formula editor
  • support for Windows, Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac OS X;
  • support for 15 languages: English, Arabic, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Galician, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Brazilian version of Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese;
  • improved support for the ODF format (OpenDocument Format), including new options for encryption ODF 1.2;
  • new program functions for working with spreadsheets
  • extended support for PivotTables in Calc (for example, the ability to add an unlimited number of fields to the table);
  • enhanced graphics, including support vector format of SVG to Draw and the integration of SVG object in other applications
  • new opportunities to optimize default settings in Impress/Draw
  • improved performance and stability of the work, in particular, the launch time of the application has decreased noticeably.

A complete list of new features and improvements is available in the release notes. In addition to the code base of the Apache package, other components of the infrastructure were transferred (in particular, the catalogs of extensions and templates). So users of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 are also availablemore than 2300 templates and 800 extensions. provided by third-party developers.

In the future ASF plans to further expand the Apache OpenOffice Project. In particular, it is planned to support even more languages, increase the availability of the application for people with disabilities, andintegration of new features, enhancements, and developments of the code base IBM Lotus Symphony.

Recall that in June 2011, a free Suite of office applications Lotus Symphony from IBM. as well as OpenOffice.org, was transferred to the fund ASF. IBM ceased work on Lotus Symphony in favor of the Apache OpenOffice project.

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 free download from the developer's site. Versions are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Additional extensions are available for download, allowing to expand the functionality of the application, as well as ready-made templates.