The goal for this project is to provide translators to allow for interoperability between applications based on ODF (OpenDocument) standards (currently ODF 1.1) and Microsoft OpenXML based Office applications. As a part of this interoperability initiative, add-ins are being developed that can be installed on top of Microsoft Office Word (document processing), Excel (spreadsheet) and PowerPoint (presentation) applications (Office 2007 / 2003 / XP version) to allow for opening and saving OpenDocument format / ODF files (.odt, .ods and .odp) that adheres to ODF specifications. We also provide command line translator utilities that allow doing batch conversions.
The converter is based on XSL transformations between two XML formats, along with some pre- and post-processing to manage the packaging (zip / unzip), schema incompatibilities and the integration into Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We chose to use an Open Source development model that allows developers from all around the world to participate and contribute to the project.
Along with the add-ins for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, we also provide a command line translator that allows doing batch conversions. These translators can also be run on the server side for certain scenarios.
This project involves several partners:
DIaLOGIKa - a German systems and software house founded in 1982 - conducts projects on behalf of industry, finance, and governmental and supranational clients such as the institutions of the European Union (EU).
From the beginning DIaLOGIKa has focused on technically demanding projects in the field of multilingual text and data processing among others.
Due to the in-depth knowledge accumulated by DIaLOGIKa in the OSS world and in the EU institutions' IT applications, DIaLOGIKa is in an ideal position to contribute to the OpenXML / OpenDocument format conversion initiative by identifying and implementing the word processing features required for the day-to-day work with international documents in an increasingly interoperable world.
Headquartered in Bangalore, India, Sonata Software is an IT consulting and services company which provides software services to global companies. Its portfolio of services include IT consulting, application development, application management, managed testing, business intelligence, infrastructure management and outsourced product development and is an ISO 9001:2000 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified company.
Novell delivers Software for the Open EnterpriseTM. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. Our flagship product line is SUSE Linux Enterprise, the best engineered, lowest cost and most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing from the desktop to the data center. Novell includes OpenOffice.org as part of our award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.
Novell's contribution to the ODF Converter project is porting and integration with OpenOffice.org.
Clever Age is an international IT services company specialized in software design and integration. It is based in France (Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux) and Poland (Gdansk, Katowice) with customers in Europe and the USA.
In September 2005, Clever Age released an Open Source project that allowed opening OpenOffice.org documents (SXW files) in Word 2003.
Aztecsoft is a product engineering specialist that has helped over 100+ ISVs develop and test high quality software products. During its over 10 year relationship with all major Microsoft product groups, Aztecsoft has acquired an exceptional competence in Microsoft products and technologies. These engineering capabilities, combined with Aztecsoft's expertise in Data Management, Integration, Software Testing and Quality Engineering Services, Security Engineering, and Performance Engineering, make Aztecsoft the best choice as an engineering partner to ISVs.
This project is developed and released under a very liberal BSD-like license:
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