Friday, August 10, 2007

Open Source Software adopts Ecma Office Open XML

Ecma Office Open XML ("Open XML") is a new open standard document exchange format that is being used by many vendors and users, including open source vendors and projects like these:

Open XML on Linux

  • Novell enables Linux users to read and write Open XML documents in the OpenOffice.org application. The Novell solution is available today in multiple European and Asian languages. Novell voted "Yes" for Office Open XML to become an Ecma International Standard.
  • Linspire
    ships Linux desktop operating systems with the ability to read and write Open XML, as well as other document formats, such as Open Document Format (ODF).
  • Turbolinux
    is a leading Linux distributor in Asia, and has joined the SourceForge.net OSS project in order to localize Open XML-ODF translators for Linux users in Japan and China.
  • Xandros distributes end-to-end Linux solutions and will ship an Open XML–ODF translator in the upcoming release of its Xandros Desktop offering.
  • Gnumeric
    is a spreadsheet application. It can read and write Open XML and other formats. Gnumeric runs on Linux and is licensed under the General Public License (GPL) free software license.

Open XML on Mac

  • NeoOffice
    is an office productivity suite for the Mac platform that is based on OpenOffice.org and that can read, write and save Open XML files. It is a GPL-licensed free software application.

Open Source adoption of Open XML on Windows

  • SourceForge.net hosts an open source project to provide translators for interoperability between ODF and Open XML in Microsoft Office applications.
  • SourceForge.net hosts an open source project to provide translators for interoperability between Uniform Office Format (UOF) and Open XML in Microsoft Office applications.
  • PHP Excel is an open source project on Codeplex (an OSS project web site) that is creating a set of PHP classes to enable users to read and write Open XML spreadsheet files.
  • OpenXML Writer from OpenXML.biz is a free open source text editor for Open XML files.


Other vendors and platforms that have adopted
Ecma Office Open XML

Ecma Office Open XML is also being adopted and implemented by many other vendors and platforms, including:

  • WordPerfect
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    Corel has announced that it will implement both Open XML and ODF in an upcoming release of its office suite.
  • Intel Intel voted "Yes" for Open XML to become an Ecma International Standard. Intel and Microsoft are working on RosettaNet application of Open XML to lower global supply chain costs for Industry.
  • Palm OS
    Documents To Go brings Open XML support to smartphone and PDA devices powered by the Palm operating system.
  • iPhone – Apple voted "Yes" for Open XML to become an Ecma International Standard. Apple iPhone users can view email attachments of the Open XML format.
  • MindMapping
    – Mindjet's MindManager allows you to follow the logical workflow of first brainstorming, then creating a document outline, and then writing a document. You can brainstorm your idea in MindManager, and then convert those into an Open XML document.
  • Java Developers
    –A project up sourceforge.net is creating a set of Java APIs to make programming against the Open XML formats much easier for Java developers.
  • Data Reporting
    – In Monarch V.9.0 from Datawatch users have the ability to create reports of their data using Open XML.
  • PDF
    Altsoft XML2PDF server 2007 is a publishing and font management solution that publishes XML data from formats like Open XML into print ready formats like PDF and XPS.
  • Word and Character Counting on Mac
    Word Counter 2.2.1 is a small plug-in application for the Mac OS X that supports a variety of file formats, including Open XML.
  • Open XML to simple html
    – The docx converter allows a user to transform Open XML documents into either plain text or simple html directly from a website.

A full listing of cross-Industry and cross-platform support of Ecma Office Open XML is available at: http://www.openxmlcommunity.org/.

1 comment:

Selma said...

Keep up the good work.