Monthly Archives: August 2006

OpenOffice Aqua picked up wrong

It would appear that many news organisations have picked up on the OpenOffice Aqua news wrongly. OpenOffice are only going to preview the latest Aqua build at the OpenOffice conference and Apple Expo in Paris, next month.

Pages that have picked up on the story and claim that the OpenOffice Mac Porting Team are going to release an Aqua version of OpenOffice next month include:

Well you never know a miracle may occur and that will happen, though the current estimate is 6-12 months for a final version of OpenOffice in Aqua to be release by the Mac Porting Team.

OpenOffice Aqua is coming along nicely

I’ve been playing around with one of Eric Bachard’s recent Intel OpenOffice Aqua builds. Although it crashes a lot, it does work to some degree.

The crash reporter has a crashing bug in it so I had to disable it using the startup switch -norestore.

Eric had said to me not to run the registration wizard by using the startup switch -nofirststartwizard. However, it worked every time for me, apart from being slow.

There are also two environment variables that need to be set to be able to use the native menus or widgets. These are:



It won’t be until early 2007 that we there will be an alpha build available of OpenOffice running on the Mac without X11. Until then, you have OpenOffice running within X11. It is available to download from

Updated Mac Website plan

Please look at slides 11 – 13, as these contain all the changes.

Primarily, I have added what I think should be in the user and developer sections of the mac porting web site.

To see the current draft please look at

Google Labs

It would appear from the Google Labs that Google SMS (UK) has graduated from the labs. It used to work. But doesn’t any more!

All you get now is a message which says
“Google SMS is currently not available in the UK. The service is still in beta, and we’re working hard to make it better.

For more information about our mobile services, please see”

Then you get redirected to the Google Mobile page. Google mobile is not as good, for many things.