iWork ‘08 supports the Open XML formats
I talked the other week about how the iPhone supports the Open XML formats. It's pretty incredible to see such a huge uptake in applications that support the format, given that the standard was finalized less than 9 months ago. The traditional applications such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, and even Corel Office either already have support or have announced that they will.
Today Apple released iWork '08, which is a suite of three Mac applications called Keynote, Pages and Numbers (similar to PowerPoint, Word/Publisher, and Excel). This suite reads the Office Open XML files with very high fidelity. So this adds to the growing list of implementations of the Office Open XML standard.
I think the OpenXMLCommunity.org folks are pulling together a list of all the applications that currently support Open XML. Here's the list I have currently , but I'm sure I've missed some (I've started to lose track).
- iPhone - http://www.apple.com/iphone/
- iWork - http://www.apple.com/iwork/
- Older versions of Office – As you all know, folks who have older versions of Office can download a free update that allows them to read and write the open xml formats. It's the second most popular download on the Microsoft site with millions of downloads already.
- OpenOffice – There are a couple implementations in the works here. Thanks to Novell, you can read and write the OpenXML formats with OpenOffice. The Sun folks are also involved as they move from the XSLT approach to a more native support.
- WordPerfect - Corel has announced support for OpenXML in an upcoming release of their office suite. (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=226)
- Palm OS – Documents To Go brings OpenXML support to smartphone and PDA devices powered by the Palm operating system (http://www.dataviz.com/products/documentstogo/premium/index.html?redirect=hp_dxtg_palm)
- NeoOffice – NeoOffice brings OpenXML support to the mac (http://trinity.neooffice.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=117)
- MindMapping – Mindjet's MindManager allows you to follow the logical workflow of first brainstorming, then creating a document outline, and then writing you document. You can brainstorm your idea in MindManager, and then convert those into a wordProcessingML document. (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2092894,00.asp)
- OpenXML Writer- The folks up at OpenXML.biz have build a free open source text editor called "OpenXML Writer" that allows you to edit WordprocessingML files. (http://www.openxml.biz/OpenXMLWriter.html)
- Gnumeric – Gnumeric is an open source spreadsheet application that was one of the first applications out there to show support for SpreadsheetML. The latest build from this summer has very rich SpreadsheetML support. (http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/)
- Web Development (PHP) – There is an open source project up on codeplex where they are creating a set of PHP classes which allow you to read and write SpreadsheetML files. (http://www.codeplex.com/PHPExcel)
- Java Developers – There is a project up on sourceforge where they are creating a set of Java APIs to make programming against the openxml formats much easier for Java developers. (http://sourceforge.net/projects/openxml4j/)
- Data Reporting – In Monarch V.9.0 from Datawatch you have the ability to create reports of your data using SpreadsheetML (http://www.datawatch.com/datawatch/news.asp?display=detail&id=128)
- XML to PDF – Altsoft XML2PDF server 2007 supports the import of WordprocessingML files (http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=43989)
- Word and Character Counting on Mac – Word Counter 2.2.1 is an application for Mac OS X, and it supports a variety of file formats, including WordprocessingML (http://osxfreeware.blogspot.com/2007/02/word-counter-221.html)
- Convert docx to simple html – The docx converter allows you to transform WordprocessingML documents into either plain text or simple html directly from their website. (http://docx-converter.com/)
Pretty cool stuff!
Quote of the day
4screen AG - Switzerland
"4screen AG is one of the founding members of OpenXMLCommunity.org as we are a strong believer in open document formats. Ecma OpenXML is a key enabler for us to build interoperable solutions which our customers demand. We also support efforts to get OpenXML approved as an ISO/IEC standard."
- Patrik Döös