Anyone tried OpenOffice 3.1.0 Build 9399?

  TonyV 19:09 14 May 2009

According to PCA site this morning this was now available and I have installed it over my Version 3.0. The inference was that it loaded much quicker than the previous version as well as some new jiggery pokery which I have yet to see. I have yet to see this benefit! It seems to take longer to load than the previous version and certainly as long to load a document.

It would be nice if it loaded quicker because I tend to use it much more now over the Office 2000.

Has anyone else tried it yet?


  Graphicool1 12:59 15 May 2009

According to PCA it's the latest and the greatest! However, after I did a clean install of WinXP I decided that although for a free suite of office ware I don't think you could ever get better. I found it uploaded far to slow. Thereby deciding not to reinstall.

I'm now using 'Edit Pad Lite' also free and it does what I want it to do. click here
If it was possible to split OpenOffice and just have the parts of the suite I wanted I might think about it, but until then, forget it. :¬]

  TonyV 13:08 15 May 2009

As I said, it does seem slower than the previous version, but because PCA seemed to think it was somewhat better I did install it. I think one of the comments was it was operating as though under a new machine. (Presumably with none of the detritus that ends up on all our machines which tends to slow it down.) Maybe I should go back to Version 3.0.1.

Having said that, I'm not sure that Edit Pad Lite is what I am looking for. Something about "Devil and deep blue sea" springs to mind.


  Graphicool1 13:20 15 May 2009

To each his own. In OO I only ever used the 'Writer'. As I write spur of the moment poetry. By the time OO has loaded I'd lost the thread.

It may not do spreadsheets but it works fo me...

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