OxygenOffice Professional is an enhanced, community-developed edition of OpenOffice.org. Unlike the mainstream OpenOffice.org, OxygenOffice 2.3.1 and 2.4.0 support importing and exporting Word 2007 (.docx) files as well as importing Excel 2007 (.xlsx) and PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx).
How well does the .docx conversion work? OxygenOffice uses code called xmlfilter which is completely different code than OdfConverter which can be integrated only in Novell, Ubuntu, and Mandriva editions of OpenOffice.org.
Developed by Sun Microsystems and Novell, xmlfilter will be integrated into OpenOffice.org version 3. The xmlfilter converter is not yet fully mature, but it will be once OpenOffice.org 3 is released in September 2008. Developed by Novell, Microsoft and a few others, OdfConverter (also called OpenXML/ODF Translator) is more mature, but it's slower and only designed as an interim solution for OpenOffice.org.
Importing Word 2007 (.docx)
Once OxygenOffice 2.3.1 is installed, it does not automatically setup a file association in Linux (and probably also on Windows). That means if you click on a document with a .docx extension in the file manager, it will ask you which program you want to use to open it.
Here is the original .docx reference document shown in Word 2007:
OxygenOffice 2.3.1 imported all the basics well: text, character properties (including bold, italics, underline, strikethrough, typefaces, size, and color), the link, the footnote, the header, and the footer. However, many elements were lost in the translation: superscript, subscript, bullets, ordered list structure, header spacing, track changes, comment, paragraph outline, manual page break, columns, and the embedded Excel 2007 document. The PNG image was converted but shrunken and incorrectly positioned.
The following are the results in OxygenOffice 2.3.1 (also available as a PDF):
The OxygenOffice 2.4.0 beta improves the conversion quality with the proper conversion of the bulleted lists, the numbered list, paragraph outline, image dimensions, superscript, and subscript.
The following are the results in OxygenOffice 2.4.0 beta (also available as a PDF):
OxygenOffice's .docx compatibility is conveniently integrated, easy to use, sufficient in quality for many tasks, and available for Linux and Windows as a free download.
Once OpenOffice.org 3 is released in September, the xmlfilter code should provide even higher quality conversions.
- Other ways to open OpenXML files (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx)
- Installing OxygenOffice on Fedora 7 and other Linux systems
- Building ooo-build from source (OxygenOffice is made from ooo-build)