ODF Viewer FAQ
No set schedule. Maybe February.
Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
No. The package is entirely self-contained. Everything it needs is included.
It uses the Mozilla Application Framework. We chose this framework because it allows us to get a reasonable-quality viewer done in a very short time. Unfortunately, this also means that some features, like pagination and multiple-column layout, cannot be implemented.
The 2.0 release of the viewer is likely to use a different framework that can provide feature-complete ODF rendering. But using any other framework will take much longer. One idea is to take KOffice and trim it down to a small viewer. By the time work on 2.0 starts KOffice should be ported to Windows and Mac OS X and have very solid OpenDocument support.
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Text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. We do not yet support drawings (which includes spreadsheet charts) but we plan to in the future.
So so. Most documents work well, but there are a couple of conspicuous features missing such as multiple column layout (and other page layout features) and vector graphics.
Vector graphics are planned within the 1.x releases. Page layout features, like multiple columns, have no reasonable implementation in our current design and will have to wait for 2.0.
See the question "How does it work? What does it use?" for more information.
No. It works well for most documents, but not seamlessly. Some issues are just features we haven't implemented yet, and some are bugs in OpenOffice.org (72134 , 61977). We haven't tested KOffice throughly.
Below are some suggestions. If none of these work you may want to try the tar ball distribution.
If you installed as a normal user: $HOME/.local/bin/odfviewer
If you installed as root: /opt/odfellowship/bin/odfviewer
The installer should work in all distributions on an x86 architecture. We don't yet support x86-64 or PPC. The viewer seems to work on some x86-64 distributions (SUSE) but not others (Ubuntu).
Do you have an x86 CPU? (Pentium, Celeron, Athlon, Duron). If you don't know, then you most likely do. Try installing as root.
We do not yet support PPC or x86-64 (Opteron).
The viewer needs the standard C++ library to run. Use your package manager to install libstdc++5. For example, on Debian run: apt-get install libstdc++5
Mac OS X
This is a known problem. The "ODF Viewer" menu is provided by the operating system, not us. We haven't found a way to modify that menu.