Software Update: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

The final release of version 4.1.1 of OpenOffice has been released. This open source office suite started in 1984 as StarOffice. In 1999 it came into the hands of Sun Microsystems and then in 2010 it ended up with Oracle. After a number of developers switched to LibreOffice out of dissatisfaction with how Oracle managed this project, the source code was eventually donated to the Apache Software Foundation. OpenOffice comes with a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet program (Calc), a presentation program (Impress), a drawing program (Draw), a database program (Base) and a program for creating scientific notations (Formula). The release notes for version 4.1.1 look like this:


Bug fixes

  • German Windows: “unoinfo java” indicates UTF-16LE encoding, but encoding is not UTF-16
  • Crash with sidebar
  • Hangs when applying default format across multiple lines
  • Crash when disabling sidebar view after undocking and closing sidebar
  • WW8: outline imported instead of simple numbered list
  • WW8: custom outline numbering has wrong first level style
  • WW8: some headings have no outline level on import
  • WW8: table of contents empty due to not assigned outline styles on import
  • WW6: outline not imported, thus no TOC entries displayed
  • WW8: wrong style assignment for outline numbering imported
  • WW8: custom Outline Numbering is imported with wrong 2nd level setting
  • Opening complex docx document takes several minutes (but succeeds)
  • Dictionaries updates right after installation
  • WW8: custom Outline numbering imported with wrong level assignment
  • CRASH when ‘View – close sidebar’ with Navigator active
  • Formular bar not updating
  • “Read Error” with embedded images after saving in Writer
  • Picture loss on save
  • Huge memory consumption for very large and complex .odt
  • CRASH when scroll through very large and complex .odt
  • Crash: after applying the comment arises the problem with using table
  • Comment/Annotation applies to wrong table selection
  • Send file as email fails if AOO is in a path with spaces
  • Export to SVG: Error when line contains arrow and text
  • Bad SVG import with particular files
  • embedded OLE object imported with wrong style from PPTX
  • [SVG] svg node does not consider styles from a style element
  • cropping + scaling image in writer results in a blue rectangle
  • Mac64 only: Mighty Mouse horizontal scrolling issue
  • No multimedia support in MacOSX
  • layout differs in AOO 4.1.0 vs 4.0.1 (and previous)
  • remove obsoleted module-internal custom allocator in SAL
  • remove custom allocator support in stlport-replacement headers
  • Font Effects not applied correctly
  • Line length miscalculated when character spacing is expanded
  • Left-mouse-down above text edit area crashes, “Index out of bounds”
  • CStringEqual can return true for non-equal c-strings
  • helpex Export::CopyFile is too slow
  • 2 scrollbars blocked at the ends of the sheet
  • [GTK] Scrollbars without steppers are buggy
  • nbintegration: Blanks or Colons in path seem unsupported under windows
  • doAccessibleAction(0) failed on combobox with dropdown
  • CRASH when open edit mode copy of older document.odt version
  • update metadata for AOO 4.1.1
  • Huge memory usage with docs which contain many graphics
  • Linked JPG image not preserved when exported to PDF with loss-less compression
  • Update English dictionaries for OpenOffice 4.1.1
  • Mac and Java Oracle 1.7
  • WW8: imported TOC empty, due to paragraphs having “outline level” property
  • Insert picture (from file) focus jumps to end of document
  • File – Versions – Always save a version on closing is not working
  • Inherited style property “Space above/below Paragraph” lost for particular styles
  • named range with visibility condition can crash writer
  • Embedded GDI Metafiles replaced by “Read Error” box after File – Save
  • reset formatting behind special formatting hangs AOO
  • AOO opens Word .docx with wrong text alignment
  • Embedded PNG Pictures replaced by “Read Error” box
  • conditional text field does not update view after changing variable
  • opening some documents is much slower in AOO 4.1
  • Regression Textfield.user cant be deleted via Script
  • *.docx import: import or overlap bookmarks broken
  • input fields are no longer considered as cell values
  • URL of linked PNG images wrong after save when automatic save has taken place
  • Linked SVG image embedded after save when automatic save has taken place
  • conditional hidden paragraph does not update after textfield changes value
  • buildbot version 411 r1611634 crashes on attached document
  • Help Text isn’t right-aligned, in Hebrew/Arabic languages
  • SVG export of a selected area causes the whole canvas to be exported
  • Build no more possible with Xcode 5.1
  • Font color and shadow color cannot be different
  • Pootle damaged file

New translations

  • Catalan (approx.)
  • Catalan (Valencian RACV) ca-XR)
  • Catalan (Valencian AVL) (ca-XV)

Updated translations

  • German (de)
  • Hebrew (hey)
  • Khmer (kh)
  • Lithuanian (lt)
  • polish (pl)
  • Portuguese (European) (pt-PT)
  • Traditional Chinese (zh-tw)
  • Thai (th) Vietnamese (vi)

New Dictionaries

  • Catalan (approx.)
  • Catalan (Valencian RACV) ca-XR)
  • Catalan (Valencian AVL) (ca-XV)

Updated Dictionaries

  • English (en)
  • French (fr)
  • Portuguese (European) (pt-PT)
  • Russian (ru)
  • Slovenian (sl)

Known Issues

  • Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 will be flagged by the new Gatekeeper facility in Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Maverick. This is a new feature to help guard against malware on Mac systems. There is a procedure laid out at the following link to allow applications not installed from the Mac App store to run. see the Mac support article.
  • Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 supports Java 7, which is the recommended configuration; but (especially on 64-bit Windows) you might receive warnings about the Java version being defective. In that case, download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package. If you still have problems, install the most current JRE 6 version. Make sure you get the file “Windows x86 Offline (32-bit)”. Then configure OpenOffice to use is at “Tools – Options – OpenOffice – Java”. see this forum topic for more information.
  • For the MacOSX version only, any extensions that are written in C++ for AOO 4.0 (or earlier) will no longer work and be marked as disabled in the AOO extensions manager. This is because of the change of AOO from a 32-bit to a 64-bit application on MacOSX. Please report the problem to the developer of the extension.
  • Dictionaries for Spell Check are temporarily only included in complete localized Installers and not in Language packs (Issue 124423). They can be installed as extensions using Tools->Extension Manager.

Version number 4.1.1
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Website Apache Software Foundation
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License type GPL