Portable 3 Beta 1 Released

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Submitted by MarkoMLM on May 28, 2008 - 6:55pm Portable 3 Beta 1 has been released in English, German, French and Italian. It's the developer test version of the future version of the popular office suite bundled with a launcher as a portable app allowing you to test all the latest features in the upcoming version without disrupting your current installation. This new release updates to version 3 Beta 1. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

Read on for more details... 3 Beta 1 3 Beta 1 is the latest test release of the upcoming 3.0 version of It comes with a new iconset and many new features, like a new solver component and other notable improvements in Calc; Writer has now an improved notes feature and displays of multiple pages while editing and there are numerous Chart enhancements, and an improved crop feature in Draw and Impress. In addition to read and write support for the MS-Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.), 3.0 will support the upcoming OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard, and is capable of opening files created with MS-Office 2007 or MS-Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.).

For more on what's new, read the 3 Beta 1 feature list.

New in This Release

This release updates to version 3 Beta 1 (release notes) and has an improved launcher that comes with extended support for several languages Installer / Format Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It will install alongside a , Portable Edition 2.x installation by default and show up in your Menu with a "Test" suffix. The installer supports upgrading existing 2.x installations by manually changing the install location as well and will automatically upgrade an existing Portable installation without affecting your settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.

Download Portable is available for immediate download from the Portable 3 Beta 1 homepage. You can get the German release from the German homepage and the French and Italian releases from the Localization page. Get it today!

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John T. Haller's picture

Thanks for all your work in getting a portable 3 Beta out, Marko!

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Glad to see John get this off his plate, good work Marko!

Kevin Porter's picture

I've been looking forward to this release. Thanks. Smile

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

I like this new version and appreciate your work to make it portable Marko.

On a seprate note one thing I've always wondered about the OpenOffice suite with portable apps was; Is it possible to set up the executables so that they aren't all listed in the menu (OpenOffice kinda takes over the menu after install)?

In case anyone else was wondering this same thing if you move all the executables with the exception of OpenOfficePortable.exe into their own folder (or delete them if you really don't ever want them) then you can launch everything from that one program and free up some space in your menu.

Thanks for all your work in getting a portable 3 out, Kiril Smile

Awesome work Marko, thanks for this.

"We recognize the present is half as pleasant as our nostalgia for the past that we’ve presented, recast and reinvented, until it's how we meant it." -BNL

Most of the newer apps have the Publisher listed as "Rare Ideas, LLC"; this OO.o 3 Beta 1 has it listed as unknown.

John T. Haller's picture

Only official, stable releases are digitally signed (with the exception of Firefox Beta/Release Candidates).

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Hey thanks for all the hard work on this relase. Cant wait until openoffice 3 is officially finished and released.

I have been using openoffice for about 4 years now and I'd always choose it over micro$oft office, even if ms office was offered for free!

I would support removing all entries except the main program since there's OOo's own welcome screen now