Joeffice Is An Open Source Office Application That Was Built In 30 Days

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Anthony Goubard is a talented software developer that created Joeffice.  Joeffice is an open source office suite that was developed using Java under the Apache license.  Joeffice is available as a free download on Windows, Mac, and Linux.  There is an online version that you can subscribe to also.  As Goubard was developing the software, he released one video per day during April and May.  Goubard is known for launching a small software company called Japplis.

The name Joeffice was created because “it’s an office written in Java, so Java Office was first shortened to JOffice but I found Joeffice more fun as a software name,” said Goubard in an interview with Ars Technica.  Goubard was able to build Joeffice in a short period of time with the help of open source Java libraries.  Joeffice can open new Microsoft format documents like .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx.  They can also open older files like .doc and .xls.

Joeffice is going to eventually add support for graphs and pictures in spreadsheets in Apache POI or being able to use the text editor of the Netbeans platform for the word processor.  Joeffice is currently labeled as “alpha,” which means that not all of their features are supported and the product is not completely stable.