ODF Viewer FAQ

Contents: General | ODF Support | Linux | Mac OS X


Q: Where do I download the ODF viewer?

Go to the download page

Q: When is the 1.0 release expected?

No set schedule. Maybe February.

Q: What platforms are supported?

Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

Q: Do I need to download anything else?

No. The package is entirely self-contained. Everything it needs is included.

Q: Where can I send bug reports?

We are currently investigating issue trackers. For now, please use our Google code issue tracker. You will need a Google account.

Q: How does it work? What does it use?

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.

Q: Do you sign the downloads or have SHA1 sums?

Yes, we have PGP signatures (you'll need Daniel's public key).
Signatures: Linux | Windows | Mac OS X
Download SHA1 sums

Q: My question is not here.

Ask us! See our free community support options.

OpenDocument Support

Q: What types of files does it support?

Text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. We do not yet support drawings (which includes spreadsheet charts) but we plan to in the future.

Q: How good is the support?

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.

Q: Does it work seamlessly with OpenOffice.org and KOffice?

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.


Q: I have an installation problem.

Below are some suggestions. If none of these work you may want to try the tar ball distribution.

Q: Where is the ODF viewer installed?

If you installed as a normal user: $HOME/.local/bin/odfviewer
If you installed as root: /opt/odfellowship/bin/odfviewer

Q: What distributions and architectures do you support?

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).

Q: "The autopackage support code could not be installed"

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).

Q: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5

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

Q: The "about" menu entry should be under "ODF Viewer", not "Help"

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.