Apache OpenOffice Extensions Site Gets Social!

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We’re excited to announce that we just released a new Apache OpenOffice Extensions website. This is the fourth time we improve Apache OpenOffice distribution platforms since we started hosting Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites back in March 2012 (official timeline). Read below to know more about what’s new.

1) Login with your Facebook or Google account.

Finally Apache OpenOffice Extensions website got social, and allows people to login using their Facebook or Google accounts. This would avoid end-users the annoyance of registering and make possible for them to upload a new extension or template from the very first moment. Check it out at http://extensions.openoffice.org/user

The feature has been already tested over the last few weeks and we observed that about 30% of new users are coming this way.

2) OpenOffice 4 Compatibility Information

You can now see at a glance if an extension is OpenOffice 4 compatible (e.g. English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice). For extensions that do not provide compatibility data we welcome end-users feedback, by casting a vote to “User feedback: Compatible with OpenOffice 4.x?” you can help us to update the compatibility information for extensions that do not have it yet.

3) OS Automatic Detection

Since some extensions have different versions for the different operating systems – e.g. MySQL Driver for Apache OpenOffice – the “Download now” button automatically provides the right version, with a link to “All releases” to download versions for other platforms.

4) Co-maintainers

Now Extensions authors can enable “co-maintainers” to manage their extensions. Co-maintainers are allowed to create new releases and to modify extensions’ descriptions.

3 Responses to “Apache OpenOffice Extensions Site Gets Social!”

  1. nic Apr 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Not really sure where else to put this comment, so here goes: The organization of the Extensions project needs some serious rethinking from the viewpoint of a user. For example, with all the dictionaries mixed in with other extensions, finding something useful becomes a needle-in-a-haystack problem, thus not solving the problem at all. The tagging needs some cleanup. Dictionaty extensions seems to be tagged with all sorts of forms of the word “dictionary” in several languages, polluting the tag cloud unnecessarily. For example, the tag “dictionary” and “diccionario” should be equivalent. In short, this project isn’t really organizing the extensions, but rather collecting them all in one huge pile.

  2. JessWFarnsworth Apr 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    grats on the graduation and while i no longer use open office, i run libre office, the improvements sound great.  and i signed in via fb. good week

  3. JessWFarnsworth Apr 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    @nic perhaps grouping the extensiopns by type or function would be usefull.