OpenOffice is a cross-platform office application suite. Alfresco uses OpenOffice to transform files from one format to another, for example, from Microsoft Word to PDF. OpenOffice.org is free to download. OpenOffice is an optional installation that provides access to a range of document transformations in Alfresco.
Alfresco add-ins are available for MicrosoftÂ® Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Note: If you are running Office 2007 on Windows Vista, you will only have READ ONLY access to the Alfresco repository over WebDAV. This is currently a known problem with Microsoft and Vista and affects many applications.
Before you start, make sure that:
The .NET Programmability Support option is installed for each of the Office applications that you are installing the add-ins. Typically, these will be Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. To find these options, run the Office Setup program and expand the list of available options for each application. You may require your original Office 2007 install media to add these required components.
Any Microsoft Office applications on your system are NOT running, including Outlook if you use Word as an email editor.
To install and configure Microsoft Office add-ins:
Unzip the files containing the Microsoft setup. This example refers to the Office 3-in-1 installer, which installs all three add-ins. You can also use individual installers to add Alfresco to one of the three Office applications.
Run setup.exe. If required, the setup program will download the required components from the Microsoft website. These components are .NET 2.0 framework, and Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition runtime.
Run the Office application, for example, Word. A Welcome window with configuration options display.
In the CIFS Server area, enter the path to the CIFS server. The add-in will try to auto-complete this value, but verify for the correct address. For example: \\server_a\alfresco\ or \\servera\alfresco\
In the Authentication area, enter your Alfresco user name and password. If you are using the CIFS interface, authentication is usually automatic. However, sometimes the add-In presents your Alfresco user name and password to be correctly authenticated. All values are stored in the Windows registry and your password is encrypted against casual hacking attempts.