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OdfChartBuilder Java API available on SourceForge

Mirasol Op'nWorks publishes version 1.0 of the OdfChartBuilder Java™ API on SourceForge

The OdfChartBuilder API can be used to read and render chart descriptions from an Open Document Format file.

Chart rendering uses the JFreeChart API. It can also make use of one of the two following industry standard ODF Java™ APIs: odfdom or odf4j.

Access the OdfChartBuilder page on SourceForge. 

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Treat yourself to a suite alternative: 3.0

3.0 is a great suite of office productivity applications (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation & database) that's very similar to Microsoft Office in function, and very different in price. Where pricing for Microsoft Office 2007 starts around $100, you can download and use 3.0 for free. In fact, since 3.0 is open source software, it's also free to redistribute.

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jOpenDocument : a free Java library for ODF files manipulation, 1.1 final released

We are pleased to announce the 1.1 final version of our open document library.
This version is "production ready" and open source. 

jOpenDocument 1.1 is now available for download and considered as the most advanced java library for document creation and manipulation.


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OASIS issues Call for Participation in new ODF Interoperability and Conformance Committee

All interested parties are invited to participate in the new OASIS ODF Interoperability and Conformance Technical Committee. This group will work to produce materials and host events that help implementors create applications which conform to the ODF OASIS Standard and which are able to interoperate. The ODF Interoperability and Conformance Committee will operate under the Royalty Free on Limited Terms mode of the OASIS IPR Policy.

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Becta hails Microsoft progress

[UK] Government technology body Becta claims to have made "substantial progress" in talks with Microsoft over its complaint to the European Commission around interoperability and school licensing arrangements. The software giant recently announced that it was to implement built-in support for Open Document Format (ODF) files in Office 2007. Becta has claimed it will be working closely with Microsoft to provide feedback on the developments and will then filter back guidance to the education sector.

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