Mac OS X gets latest OpenOffice.org

By   |  June 29, 2004

OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 is now available for all Mac OS X users. Optimized for the X11 windowing system, the release can be downloaded from the OpenOffice.org Project website, http://www.openoffice.org. Developers of the office suite say this release has \”attained a maturity that enables it to be used as the

default productivity suite by individuals and organizations alike\”.

\”Not only is the release significantly faster and more robust than early versions, and available in numerous languages, but fonts are smooth, and overall integration into the Mac OS X desktop has been enhanced. For instance, there is clipboard functionality and, through a helper application, OpenOffice.org documents can be opened in OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 the usual Mac way, by double clicking on them.\” For a full description of the features of OpenOffice.org, see http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/1.1/.

Perhaps most important for regular users, OpenOffice.org, regardless of platform, can open and save as Microsoft Office documents, allowing for heterogeneous office environments (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris), and runs stably and natively on a host of platforms and in over 30 supported languages. Users never need to worry again about proprietary file formats and costly applications.

Currently OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 for Mac OS X uses the X11 windowing system and not Aqua, the default desktop on all modern

Macintoshes. The development team, however, is already in the process of porting the application accross to Aqua and is looking for developers willing to work on the project. \”With more developers, especially those skilled in C++ and Cocoa, it may be ready by next year. If you are interested, and can contribute in any way, please visit the Mac Porting page\”.

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