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Novell: Do your office docs play well with others?

Novell's Kevin Barney blogs about the availability and benefits of the Office Open XML/OpenDocument format translators for presentations and spreadsheets in Novell's Open PR blog:-

You know they’ve been in the works, but the Office Open XML/OpenDocument format translators for presentations and spreadsheets are now available for download. The OpenOffice.org, Novell Edition binary versions are here, and the project source and upstream versions can be found here. The word processing translator, which provides the ability to open Office Open XML-formatted documents in OpenOffice.org, has been out since last March. Now users of the Novell Edition of OpenOffice.org 2.3 can open Powerpoint (.pptx) and Excel (.xlsx) documents in OpenOffice.org.

Kevin also points out that ...

While these new translators are plug-ins to OpenOffice.org. Novell is also continuing development (with Sun Microsystems) on high-performance, native translators that will be built into OpenOffice.org and released with the next major upgrade to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop in 2009. Previews of the current state of the native translators are already available via the openSUSE project.