New Features 2.4

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New Features in 2.4

Note - this list is based on the full list in Feature_Freeze_Testing_2.4 Full list is available below.













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Release notes

Known issues

Function Description Issue
TBD TBD 12345

See list of regressions found in version 2.4.0.

Full list


Feature Description Specs/Issue
Extensible Help System for extensions Now help content inside extensions is supported. Extension help content is provided together with the installed help content. It's also possible to extend the help index. The implementation supports extended tool tips and accessing extension help content by pressing F1 in UNO dialogs and menus. 20164 Announc. Spec
Connect WebDAV servers via HTTPS OOo is now able to connect WebDAV servers via HTTPS 31053 Announc. Spec
Custom icons for toolbars are imported. Icons can be imported for toolbars (Tools>Customize>Toolbars...>Modify>Change icon). Now those are stored persistently into a user-icon list. Icons for import shall be in PNG format and shall have a size of 16x16 or 26 by 26 pixel. The dialog has new buttons for Import and Delete. 73357 Announc. Spec
ODF in the names of the file types The 'ODF' abbreviation replaces the 'OpenDocument' description of file types 80206 Announc. Spec
Extensions can have a separate display name An extension may have a display name, shown in the Tools>Extensions Manager dialog. It can be localized. If no display name is provided then the file name of Extension will be displayed. 81326 Announc. Spec
Support of web based extension update The Extension Manager online update feature now also supports web-based updates. The “Update Extensions” dialog shows available updates which one can only obtain through a particular website and which the Extension Manager cannot automatically download. When the user installs the updates, web browser will be started which navigate to the websites where the user can manually download the update. Article

82775 Announc. Spec

Additional information about the publisher and release notes of an extension It is now possible to see additional information for an available update of an extension in the “Update Extensions” dialog (Extension Manager dialog -> button “Updates”). This is first the name of the publisher and second a link to the release notes. Also the publisher name is a link. Clicking on these links will open an browser and navigate to the respective web sites. Article

81502 Announc. Spec

Check for updates looks for extension updates too When the office is configured to check for office updates automatically, the office will look for updates for the installed extensions, too. When any updates are found, the user will be notified via the menu bar about these updates. 82851 Announc. Spec
Master password/ password configuration The security tab in the Tools>Options dialog contains now possibility to control password-storing ( the passwords for specific URL-sites could be stored there ). By default the storing is not allowed. 82892 Announc. Spec
Dialogs can have a wallpaper set A new property for dialogs and tab pages is added, for an image URL which is used to display as a background image. 83238 Announc. Spec
Warning if document is from a newer ODF version If a file is opened, that is written in a newer ODF version, than supported by the installed (i.e. ODF 1.2 versus ODF 1.1) a new dialog is shown. This dialog informs about online update to a newer version of OOo. 83653 Announc. Spec
Relative links can be created in PDF documents When exporting to PDF, links in those documents can be made relative on request. Thus for example, some related PDF-documents can link to each other. The PDF Options dialog has a new tab page: Links. Article

56629 Announc.

Document references can be converted in PDF targets When exporting a PDF, this option changes ODF-extensions (such as .odt, .ods, and .odp) to .pdf. Of course this is useful with the feature of the relative links, and it can be found at the same place: File>Export to PDF ..>Links Article
PDF/A (ISO 19005-1) supported When exporting a document to PDF, the PDF Options dialog offers export to PDF/A-1a. PDF/A-1a is ISO 19005-1:2005 International Standard. Article

59651 Announc. Spec

Quicktime support for movies and sound on Mac OS X The Mac OS X native used Quicktime player is now supported by 82234 Announc. Spec
Use the built in Mac OS X spell checker Mac OS X has a built in spell checking facility in many languages. Thus the user can maintain a single word list across all applications. Now these spellcheck services are integrated into the existing user interface. 77592 Announc. Spec.
Print dialog starts with cursor on field 'number of copies' The print dialog in all OOo modules (Ctrl-P or File>Print) now starts with the focus on the 'number of copies' the user would like to print. This often saves tabbing or clicking. 9521 Announc.
Warning when limit of character reached for edit boxes If an edit box (such as text box or combo box and others) reaches the limit of characters, a message box warns that the text is truncated. (The limit of characters can either be set for the control, or be the maximum count (65535) of characters possible in such controls.) 73360 Announc.
DejaVu font is now default in stead of BitStream Vera DejaVu provides a wider range of characters, suitable for more languages/localizations. 59853


Feature Description Specs/Issue
Disentangle the Serbia and Montenegro mess Serbia and Montenegro locales 71789 Announc.
Add locales of available dictionaries to language list box New language list box entries available for font attribution: "Nyanja" [= ny-MW], "Kashubian" [= csb-PL], "Spanish (Cuba)" [= es-CU], "Tetun" [= tet-ID] 76233 Announc.
es_VE: make VEF, Bolivar Fuerte, the default currency On 2008-01-01 the Bolivar Fuerte, VEF, will become the new currency for Venezuela. In OOo2.4 it will be the default currency for the es-VE locale. It was already secondary currency since OOo2.3. 78601 Announc.
Enable Persian Numbering support Added support of Farsi/Persian native numbering and alphabetic outline numbering, the latter appearing in Writer under Format -> Bullets and Numbering -> Options -> Numbering list box, it is not available in the preset numbering types or outlines yet. Native numbering is available through the number formatter for format codes using the [NatNum1] modifier. 79797 Announc.
Add Quechua to language list box New language list box entries available for character attribution: "Quechua (Bolivia, North)" [= qul-BO], "Quechua (Bolivia, South)" [= quh-BO] 80114 Announc.
Add Low German [nds-DE] to language list box. New language list box entry available for character attribution: "Low German" [= nds-DE] 80432 Announc.
Locale information for Hiligaynon (hil_PH) Added a new language list box entry and locale data for Hiligaynon_Philippines (hil_PH), available for character attribution, number formats and as default document language. 82723 Announc.
Add Sámi languages to language list box Various Sami entries added to the language list box. These are available for character attribution and spell-checking: ... 82927 Announc.
Locale data for Somali (so_SO) Added a new language list box entry and locale data for Somali_Somalia (so_SO), available for character attribution, number formats and as default document language. 83369 Announc.


Feature Description Specs/Issue
Convert text to columns With this feature CSV data inside cells can be transformed into columns directly. It uses the already existing Text import dialog and transforms CSV data inside cells into multiple columns. Example: A1 holds '1,2,3,4". After using this feature, 1, 2, 3 and 4 are split over cells.

Start this feature with the menu Data>Text to Columns.


4040 Announc. Spec

Columns/rows in spreadsheet can be moved Select one or more columns or rows, or a range of cells, and hold down Alt while moving the selection with the mouse. When the mouse button is released, other cells/columns/rows are moved left or down, to insert the selection. Before this feature, target cells always were overwritten. 7180 Announc. Spec
Enter key returns to the column where the input started, one row below Entering data row wise is made easier. The Enter key works like a carriage return-line feed on a type writer and allows to return to the column where the input started, but just a row below the current row. 15546 Announc. Spec
Formula input: "+" and "-" can also be used to start Most professional spreadsheet users do use the number pad for inputting data to save time. So it makes sense to allow to enter a formula not just by entering a "=" or hitting the Function button in the Formula tool bar. Therefore "+" and "-" can also be used to start entering a formula. This improves the usability and the speed when creating formulas in a spreadsheet. Furthermore this can be used as a little calculator. 20496 Announc. Spec
Individual zoom level per sheet Each sheet in a spreadsheet document can now have its own zoom level. 24372 Announc. Spec
AutoFilter: choices clearer grouped and based on result of filtering in other columns The AutoFilter function allows to filter data in a spreadsheet by one criteria per column. This feature allows to run a quick analysis of data. Two things are new: there is a clearer grouping of static filter choices. And if in one column a filter is set, the filters in the other columns only show the options that are available in the visible rows. 27745 Announc. Spec
DataPilot: Manual Sorting It's now possible to rearrange items in a DataPilot field via Drag&Drop or Copy&Paste. The default sorting for new tables is "Ascending", it is changed to "Manual" when items are moved. 32307 Announc. Spec
Double-click in Datapilot cell provides calculation data of that cell When a cell within the data field is double-clicked, it inserts a new sheet containing a subset of rows from the original data source that constitutes the result data displayed in that cell. For instance, when the data field function is selected to be SUM, then the number that is shown in the data field cell must be identical to the sum of all the data field values in the constituent rows displayed in the inserted sheet. 57030 Announc. Spec
Performance improvement with functions VLOOKUP and MATCH Spreadsheet functions VLOOKUP and MATCH results are used by to make these functions in the same row perform faster. 81336 Announc. Spec
Print dialog for Calc easier to use The Print dialog in Calc makes it easier to choose what part of the spreadsheet has to be printed. The option 'print only selected sheets' is now on that dialog.

Furthermore the 'Sort' option is defaulted to on. This makes it easier to print multiple copies of a document.

82071 Announc. Spec


Feature Description Specs/Issue
Selecting rectangular region of text is possible The selection mode "block selection" allows the selection of text inside a rectangular region. Start this by holding down Alt while dragging, or start mode "block selection" with the control on the status bar. Article

1596 Announc. Spec

Find & Replace allows backward references in regular expressions. Find & Replace now can substitute regular expression subexpression in replace. "$n" references the nth subexpression of the found string, n >= 0, n<=9. With "$0" the whole found string can be referenced. Article

15666 Announc. Spec

Easier selecting of the language for spell checking A new control in the status bar of Writer is introduced to show the language at the current cursor position/selection. Furthermore the entire document language can be changed.

The same possibilities are now found in the menu Tools>Language.

Article 1034 77208 Announc. Spec.
Insert&Insert Object toolbar redesign - Writer Toolbars for Insert&Insert Object have been changed. Choices no longer needed, are removed. 73117 Announc. Spec
Printing of hidden text can be turned on. Printing of hidden text (hidden paragraph field, hidden text field, hidden characters) is now possible. It is controlled via settings in Tools>Options>Writer>Print.

Or just for print command via File>Print>Options.

81434 Announc. Spec
Printing text placeholders can be turned off. It is no longer that text placeholders are always printed out. It can controlled via settings in Tools>Options>Writer>Print.

Or just for print command via File>Print>Options.

81434 Announc. Spec
Shortcuts added for paragraph style Heading 4, Heading 5 and Textbody The following shortcuts to apply paragraph styles have been added: ctrl+4 => Heading 4; ctrl+5 => Heading 5 (current shortcut for 1 1/2 will be dropped); ctrl+0 => Textbody; ctrl+shift+0 -> Default 81514 Announc. Spec
Ctrl-click behavior for hyperlinks can be changed By default, hyperlinks in Writer are activated by holding down the Control key while clicking.

This can be turned off via Tools>Options>>Security ...>Options, Security options, 'Ctrl-click required to follow hyperlinks.

83402 Announc. Spec


Feature Description Specs/Issue
Equations for regression curves The equation of trend lines and the R² value now can be displayed in the chart. Article

7998 Announc. Spec Screen Shots

Reverse axes It is possible now to change the direction of axes. Thus the user can choose where the lower values and where the higher values are displayed at an axis. Article

Screen Shots 24614 Announc. Spec

Display bars on different axes next to each other In bar charts with two y axes it is now also possible to display all the bars next to each thus they don't hide each other anymore. Article

Screen Shots 26795 Announc. Spec

Number format for data labels For data labels in charts it is now possible to choose a number format for the display of values and percentage values. Thus the precision of the displayed values can be changed for example. Screen Shots

37792 Announc. Spec

Display both in the data point label: value and percentage For data labels in charts it is now possible to display the value and the percentage value at the same time. Screen Shots

43489 Announc. Spec

Allow to display each part of a data label in a separate line The different parts of a data label now can be displayed in separate lines. Screen Shots

82051 Announc. Spec

More flexible placement of labels on data points It is now possible to manipulate the placement of the data point labels relative to the data point. For example for symbol charts the labels can be placed above, below, left, right or centered on the symbol. Screen Shots

63857 Announc. Spec

Automatic positions for labels on pie segments There is an automatism now which tries to avoid the overlapping of data point labels on pie charts. Screen Shots

4039 Announc. Spec

Remove data point labels with delete key It is now possible to remove selected data point labels with pressing the delete key. Screen Shots

83344 Announc.


Feature Description Specs/Issue
Implement thrilling 3D slide transitions using OpenGL Transition is an animation where one page is visible in the beginning and another in the end. It is used during presentation slideshow to switch pages. 2.4 makes it possible to use an extension to show these 3D transitions, and when 2.4 is released, this extension will be available. Article


Slide titles should be bookmarks when exported to PDF. With CWS beppec56pdflinks the PDF export filter will be able to export documents with links made relative on request. Article

40318 Announc.

insert picture on the background This community patch from Jan Navratil introduces a new menu entry in the context menu of a slide. This menu entry lets the user choose a picture file and sets it as the background of the slide. Previously this could not be accomplished so easily, even so it is a often used task. 82911

Announc. Spec


Feature Description Specs/Issue
Author-defined logical navigation of page objects in presentations This enhancement makes the shape navigation order independent from the paint order. Drag and drop in the Navigator can be used to reorder shapes. 68097 Announc. Spec
Reduce complexity: Remove unnecessary display options Removing some unnecessary display options. These options were historically added to very early office versions due to at that time limited resources (16bit times). These options were switched off in the configuration for a long time. The following features are affected: ... 80528 Announc. Spec


Feature Description Specs/Issue
numeric(n) data from jdbc/oracle rendered as currency and not as number The Advanced Settings dialog now has a property to disable the currency return value from the ResultSetMetaData. 11746 Announc. Spec
wrong default table name in "Copy table" With the integration of CWS dba24a (680m228 or m229, probably), when you paste table-like data (a Calc range, a Writer table, an HTML table, a database table, whatever) to OOo Base, while a table object is currently selected, then this table's name, along with the option "Append data", is pre-selected in the "Copy Table" wizard. 18907 Announc.
allow to edit a view's design (underlying statement) in HSQLDB With the integration of CWS dba24c, you will be able to edit views in embedded HSQL databases. ... 49183 Announc.
property browser: invoke query designer for all properties which allow entering a SQL command With the integration of CWS dba24c, you will be able to invoke the query designer not only for the "Content" property of a database form (if it's content type is "SQL command"), but also for the list content of a list box control (or grid column), if its list content type is "SQL". The SQL command which you design in the query designer will, when saving it, be set as the respective property at the list box. 66624 Announc.
The relation design is now accessible for MySQL databases as well. The relation design is now accessible for MySQL databases as well 68858 Announc.
API: Add ability to find which table(s) or query(s) are currently selected in the main Base window The controller of the database application window now supports the interface. The method getSelection return an Any which contains a Sequence of NamedValue. ... 69740 Announc.
Allow query designer to be called in SQL view From within the property browser for a database form, you can open the query designer, to graphically design the SQL command underlying the form. ... 77492 Announc.
[RFE] UI for the FormsCheckRequiredFields data source setting For databases, there exists a per-database setting which controls whether forms check for required fields when entering data. 80930 Announc.
Connection "Microsoft Access" doesn`t work with Access 2007 (accdb) The new file format for MS Access 2007 accdb files is now also supported by the Base. When creating a new database, she can now select "MS Access 2007" as type to connect to. On the next page when opening the file dialog only the extension accdb is available. 81043 Announc. Spec


Feature Description Specs/Issue
TBD TBD 1234

API / programming

Feature Description Specs/Issue
stoc library merge Those various small UNO component libraries from stoc that are relevant at OOo startup (,,,,,,,,, have been merged into two new larger (for those components that are used during binary UNO bootstrap and need UNO type information in a format independent of types.rdb) and (for the rest). Client code should not be affected by this change. 77885 Announc.

Few of the bug Fixes

Feature Description Specs/Issue
 ??? Table has no top border when over 2+ pages 9860
 ??? Fields from Endnote skipped during Word import in OOo 2 61075
 ??? wrong cursor position when undoing "insert table row" 18014

Performance improvements

See Integrated_Performance_Improvements

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