Status of the former Sun Microsystems "Opendocument filters for Microsoft Office"?

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Status of the former Sun Microsystems "Opendocument filters for Microsoft Office"?

Fernando Cassia
Hi users,

Recently I had a nightmarish experience with trying to edit long
tables on a document originally created with Microsoft Office (the
last version before the Office365 move, I believe it was Office 2003).
It had tables pasted inside of tables... something which was a
nightmare to edit and move properly in AOO.

To make a long story short: I ended up deleting the tables and redoing
those by hand from scratch.... It worked well.

The issue still remains that I end up editing stuff created on
Microsoft Office by users whom, per company policy, must use the
installed copy of Microsoft Office and do not have administrative
rights to install other software.

I can edit those documents fine with AOO 4.1.8, save as ODT, and then
when I have a final copy, e-mail back the document saving it in .DOC
(Word97,Word2000, WordXP, or words to that effect).

In my last exchange with this office, I emailed .DOC documents that
looked perfectly on my AOO 4.1.8  (and which started as DOC documents
emailed to me), only to be told that the returned document "missed all
the margins" and had to be re-edited by them on MS Office.

So, I would very much prefer emailing ODT to them for them to open in
Microsoft Office, and then re-save by themselves in DOCx format on
their system...

Sun Microsystems used to offer a set of installable Opendocument
Filters for Microsoft Office. The download page was at:

http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp

On Web Archive the last version seems to be v3.0 archived at
https://web.archive.org/web/20090226123328/http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp

But since the binaries weren´t direcly linked there is no way to
download the installer from archive.org.

Would anyone on this list be so kind as to provide me with filename of
the installer and sha1sum so I can try to find them on other sites and
know the installer is "safe" to install and use?

And anyone happens to know the legal status of those filters, were
them ever open sourced by Sun? Could they be open sourced by Oracle
now?

Please do not reply "use the AOO fork". Such replies will be ignored. ;)

Thanks in advance.
FC

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Re: Status of the former Sun Microsystems "Opendocument filters for Microsoft Office"?

Fernando Cassia
On 11/01/2021, Fernando Cassia <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> Sun Microsystems used to offer a set of installable Opendocument
> Filters for Microsoft Office. The download page was at:
>
> http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp
>
> On Web Archive the last version seems to be v3.0 archived at
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090226123328/http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp
>
> But since the binaries weren´t direcly linked there is no way to
> download the installer from archive.org.
>
> Would anyone on this list be so kind as to provide me with filename of
> the installer and sha1sum so I can try to find them on other sites and
> know the installer is "safe" to install and use?


Sorry to answer myself. I found the last version seemed to be version 3.2
A copy is available online at German magazine chip.de at this URL:
https://www.chip.de/downloads/Sun-ODF-Plug-in-fuer-Microsoft-Office_24293087.html
Scroll down to "manuelle installation" below the large blue download
button (do not use that, that´s a chip.de active installer). On the
following page after clicking on "manuelle installation" click on the
large blue button "Download server ChipOnline"

You will get this file: odp-3.2-bin-windows-en-US.exe
File size: 98.621.012
SHA1SUM: a83f6ac435a6d3bd1d74a02a4bc2c088842f4b5f

Direct-download URL was:
https://www.chip.de/securedownload/?lastchange=110520181659&pid=chipderedesign&cid=54419682&euid=54c4eb4b43440a6af31a65ed&browser=chrome&ref=&tid=39022&tpathid=9223_9232_38914_39022&os=windows&tname=office-erweiterungen&ico=&proto=https://&source=BLUB2&v=oct2015

(might or might not work if used directly)

Hope this helps someone. I will install and test it later. The
question remains if this was ever open sourced or anyone at ORCL
reading this thinks they might help achieve that.

FC

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Re: Status of the former Sun Microsystems "Opendocument filters for Microsoft Office"?

Peter Kovacs-4
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Hello,

According to Wikipedia Microsoft Office supports the ODF standard 1.2
since 2013.

My cooperate Microsoft Word Version (which is 365) supports the Foirmat
using Apache POI.

The Microsoft user needs to select Save as and then select the ODF
Document Format (which would be odt in word)

I think this is currently the best way to exchange files between
Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.

All the Best

Peter

On 11.01.21 22:08, Fernando Cassia wrote:

> Hi users,
>
> Recently I had a nightmarish experience with trying to edit long
> tables on a document originally created with Microsoft Office (the
> last version before the Office365 move, I believe it was Office 2003).
> It had tables pasted inside of tables... something which was a
> nightmare to edit and move properly in AOO.
>
> To make a long story short: I ended up deleting the tables and redoing
> those by hand from scratch.... It worked well.
>
> The issue still remains that I end up editing stuff created on
> Microsoft Office by users whom, per company policy, must use the
> installed copy of Microsoft Office and do not have administrative
> rights to install other software.
>
> I can edit those documents fine with AOO 4.1.8, save as ODT, and then
> when I have a final copy, e-mail back the document saving it in .DOC
> (Word97,Word2000, WordXP, or words to that effect).
>
> In my last exchange with this office, I emailed .DOC documents that
> looked perfectly on my AOO 4.1.8  (and which started as DOC documents
> emailed to me), only to be told that the returned document "missed all
> the margins" and had to be re-edited by them on MS Office.
>
> So, I would very much prefer emailing ODT to them for them to open in
> Microsoft Office, and then re-save by themselves in DOCx format on
> their system...
>
> Sun Microsystems used to offer a set of installable Opendocument
> Filters for Microsoft Office. The download page was at:
>
> http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp
>
> On Web Archive the last version seems to be v3.0 archived at
> https://web.archive.org/web/20090226123328/http://www.sun.com/software/star/odf_plugin/get.jsp
>
> But since the binaries weren´t direcly linked there is no way to
> download the installer from archive.org.
>
> Would anyone on this list be so kind as to provide me with filename of
> the installer and sha1sum so I can try to find them on other sites and
> know the installer is "safe" to install and use?
>
> And anyone happens to know the legal status of those filters, were
> them ever open sourced by Sun? Could they be open sourced by Oracle
> now?
>
> Please do not reply "use the AOO fork". Such replies will be ignored. ;)
>
> Thanks in advance.
> FC
>
> ----
> During times of Universal Deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary
> act
> - George Orwell
>
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