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ODT2DAISY Enables Export of ODF Documents to DAISY Talking Book Format

On November 9, 2009, open source developer and accessibility expert, Vincent Spiewak announced the availability of ODT2DAISY for OpenOffice 3.0 and higher. With this software add-in, users of OpenOffice Writer may now author 'talking books' in DAISY format.

Odt2DAISY, designed for 3.0 or higher, enables the export of documents into digital talking books in the DAISY format. Odt2DAISY can be downloaded at

Odt2DAISY can be run on most platforms, including:

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ODFDOM Tutorial

J. David Eisenberg, an OASIS ODF Adoption TC member, and member of the ODF Toolkit Union, has kindly created an excellent tutorial for the ODFDOM, the OpenDocument Java API.

Take the tutorial and learn how you can use the ODFDOM for your applications.

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New ODFDOM 0.7.5 Released and Available

On 4 Nov 2009 version 0.7.5 of the Java implementation has been released. New convenient methods have been added for Presentation. The Incubator package contains an - already usable - early version of a new API for navigating through ODF documents. Last but not least quite a few bugs have been fixed.

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jOpenDocument 1.2 : Beta 1 Now Available for Download

We are pleased to announce the first beta version of jOpenDocument 1.2, the professional java library focused on OpenDocument.

This version is the first step of our next production ready version of our award winning Java library.

jOpenDocument 1.2 beta 1 is available for download.

Update: 1.2 beta 2 is available too.

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ODF toolkit: odfdom 0.7 available

A new version of the open source ODFDOM library is available for download from the ODF toolkit website.

New convenient methods for creating text and images in text documents were added, as well as support for the upcoming ODF 1.2.

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