The OpenOffice.org group has released the final version 1.1 of its free open-source productivity suite.
Version 1.1 offers enhanced compatibility with rival Microsoft's Office and is loaded with features, such as the ability to export documents to Adobe Systems's PDF and presentations to Macromedia's Flash format. The product also offers improved XML support.
OpenOffice.org issued updates for its previous version, 1.0 every four to six weeks and started releasing early versions of 1.1 several months ago. The code is now solid enough to call it a final release, said OpenOffice.org community manager Louis Suarez-Potts.
"People in the community have tested and proofed it. It is extremely stable and we feel comfortable that this can be downloaded by individuals, companies, everybody," he added.
The OpenOffice.org developer community includes Sun Microsystems employees, volunteer developers, marketers and users, according to the group.
OpenOffice.org version 1.1 shares much of its source code with Sun's StarOffice 7.0, which is being finalised.
Sun charges for StarOffice, while OpenOffice.org is free.
OpenOffice.org version 1.1 includes applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
It is available for Windows, Linux and Solaris in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Japanese as a free, 70Mbyte download, and also ships with various Linux distributions.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service