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Native version of OpenOffice in the works?

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Sat March 22, 2008

Native Aqua OpenOffice

The OpenOffice Mac porting team is reportedly working on a native Aqua version of its business productivity software suite, rather than simply porting the platform-independent Java version. The software is listed as being the third development snapshot, announcing a number of bug fixes and interface optimizations. OpenOffice says the newest version now uses a Mac OS X native print dialogue, and that extensions are installable through the improved GUI.

The latest build also features faster loading and saving, a new Start Centre, improved scroll wheel functionality, and several other fixes, while some issues are still outstanding. OpenOffice has not mentioned when the final version would be available.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JonathanBadeen

    Joined: Dec 1969


    really old news?

    They announced this in Sept 2007. I hardly consider 6 month old announcements to be news. Apparently they are aiming at getting the final version by Sept '08. You want me to help you lift that rock up that you've been living under?

  1. laroadster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: really old news?

    tell you what since you don't have anything to post that has a valid point regarding the subject why don't you keep us up to date with all the news of today and start your own news site. how about that? -get a life.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    still in alpha

    There is no Java version. There is a java cocoa combination interface added to the standard version that works on a Mac without requiring X11. They have been working a long time on a native version but they have little to show for it. Sounds like they are still in alpha

  1. smsm1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the current alpha

    The current alpha is significantly improved over previous aqua releases. That is what is significant about this news.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OpenOffice 3.0

    What is significant is that OpenOffice 3.0 is in BETA now and available for download. It has NATIVE OSX installers and code now.

    Check it out.


  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    neooffice was available

    for quite some time and wonder of benefits either way...

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big update

    For all the experts explaining how this was old news, I found the article very useful as I didn't know the beta was now ready. This is a huge improvement over the last alpha's and I'm glad MacNN posted the news. I think a better title would have been:

    Beta version of Aqua Native OpenOffice Available.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: neooffice

    Yeah, with it's incredibly slow load times, incessant desire to show me some important web page, and just overall slowness, it really brings MS Office to the Mac!

  1. rubaiyat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The problem is...

    ...trying to emulate something as poorly designed as Ms Office.

    I spend my valuable time in trying to stay as far away from bloatware as possible, no matter who creates it.

    Excel is the only part of MsOffice that has any value

  1. flur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't Wait!

    Just a peek at what's ahead:

    MacNN is reportedly developing a news organization. No date for the release of news stories has yet been set.

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