ODF to OpenXML conversion complete


Huge news to wrap up the week! The open source project for creating a translator between the ODF text format and the OpenXML wordprocessing format has announced the release of version 1.0 of the tool (http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=660889). Within the first 6 hours of the release they already have had 10,000 downloads.


This means you can now download the final version of the tool and open ODF documents in Microsoft Word. This really is going to be an important year for general document interoperability and choice in formats. You now have support for two international standards (OpenXML and ODF) in Microsoft Office, and I’m told that Novell is very close to releasing a version of OpenOffice that will support OpenXML (in addition to its current support for ODF). The OpenOffice release will be supported in both SuSe Linux and the Windows platform.


I also believe that the translator was tested against the test documents that the University of Central Florida set up as a test suite for ODF. You can see a summary of the ODF compatibility for the latest versions of OpenOffice and KOffice (http://testsuite.opendocumentfellowship.org/summary.html). It will be interesting to see how the translator running in Microsoft Word will fit into this. I’m sure at some point we’ll see something similar done for the OpenXML formats as well.


-Brian

Comments (15)

  1. Microsoft announced yesterday that the Open XML Translator project has released version 1.0. As it says…

  2. Doug Mahugh says:

    Version 1.0 of the Open XML translator project is now available on SourceForge. Here are links for the

  3. John says:

    Hello Brian,

    congratulations on making this. You know I have criticised you in the past, but anyway, this is really a huge leap forward to interoperability. No longer will be children at our school locked away when they bring their openoffice documents from home to work at school. And they can freely choose whether MS Office or Open Office suits them (and their money, of course) better.

    John

  4. John says:

    Hello Brian,

    congratulations on making this. You know I have criticised you in the past, but anyway, this is really a huge leap forward to interoperability. No longer will be children at our school locked away when they bring their openoffice documents from home to work at school. And they can freely choose whether MS Office or Open Office suits them (and their money, of course) better.

    John

  5. jones206@hotmail.com says:

    Thanks John! I agree it’s a great move forward. The next big step will be when OpenOffice supports OpenXML (which should be soon). Then they not only have choice of application, but also of format. 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

    -Brian

  6. orcmid says:

    I was stunned to read that the package is done in a way where it can be plugged into third-party products.  That’s very interesting.

    As Craig Kitterman says,

    http://blogs.msdn.com/craig/archive/2007/02/02/open-xml-translator-downloads-hit-10-000-in-6-hours.aspx

    there is great discipline in this work.  I have great admiration for how the team applied professional skills in a transparent, open-source project.

    Having it be bi-directional is very important at defusing some of the cynicism about this work, and it will be exciting to see the next bits roll out over the course of this year.

    This seems like one of those days where you get to tell yourself that you’ve done good work.  Congratulations.

  7. Joe says:

    Why use that, when the <a href="http://fussnotes.typepad.com/fr0mat/2007/02/odf_as_the_perf.html">Foundation plugin</a> achieves 100% fidelity?

  8. jones206@hotmail.com says:

    Go for it Joe 🙂

  9. Good news! Looking forward to get a SLE* mounting OpenOffice.org supporting OXML too, we might have a look into to deliver a new release of <a href="http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2006/03/22/free_conversion_to_pdf_rtf.htm">DocTransformer</a&gt; supporting both standards!

  10. jones206@hotmail.com says:

    Thanks Sam. Hyperlinks seem to be kind of odd with the commenting tools…

    Roberto, that would be awesome!

    -Brian

  11. Tim Anderson says:

    Trouble is, it’s not much good, at least in my small trial.

    See http://www.itwriting.com/blog/?p=116

    Tim

  12. I’m sure many folks have seen the news by now that Open XML has been approved as an ISO/IEC standard