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From Nick Burch <n...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] Apache POI 3.5 Beta 3 Released
Date Sun, 28 Sep 2008 16:01:37 GMT
The POI team is pleased to announce the availability of Apache POI 3.5 
beta 3, our latest beta including OOXML (Office Open XML) support.

Apache POI is well-known in the Java field as a library for reading and
writing OLE2 office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and
Word. With POI 3.5, it also support the new OOXML formats introduced in Office 
2007. See http://poi.apache.org/ for more details


Release Highlights:

   POI-SS - Java API To Access Microsoft Excel Format Files
   * This common interface allows access to HSSF (binary file format,
      .xls) and XSSF (ooxml file format, .xlsx) in the same way
   * Very similar to HSSF usermodel, allowing easy translation of old
      code support to the new format
   * All of HSSF should support this interface
   * Partial implementation of XSSF for this interface

   POI-XSSF - Java API To Access Microsoft Excel 2007 OOXML Format Files
   * partial implementation of high level interface
   * text extraction supported
   * low level, low memory parsing supported

   POI-XSLF - Java API To Access Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 OOXML Format Files
   * text extraction supported

   POI-XWPF - Java API To Access Microsoft Word 2007 OOXML File Formats
   * text extraction supported

In addition, all fixes from the forthcoming 3.2 release (svn trunk) are 
included. This includes a large number of formula fixes and improvements, 
and initial Publisher file format support. For full changelog details, and 
documentation, please see /docs/ in the distribution. The documentation on 
the website reflects the state of work on POI 3.2.


The source and binaries can be downloaded from your local mirror:
http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/poi/dev/

The release is also available from the central Maven repository under
Group ID "org.apache.poi" and Version "3.5-beta3". Note that the ooxml 
support is not available via Maven, as the dependencies are not packaged.


For the Apache POI Team
Nick Burch

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