Category Archives: OpenOffice

2nd Mac Porters Meeting

I made the whirlwind trip to Hamburg for the 2nd Mac Porters Meeting at the Google offices there. I seem to have survived my first flying trip (in both senses). It was great to meet the porters in person again or for the first time.

I really liked the Eurostar on my Lyon trip, far smoother in parts, though longer. You can also move around a lot more on the Eurostar and have no seat belts too. Now all we need is for a high speed rail link between Edinburgh and London that make the Eurostar even better.

It was great being able to play with a Mac Pro! Even without ccache installed, a build of OpenOffice.org takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. This is dramatically less than the current build times that I’m getting on my MacBook, of around 8 hours. Now I really want one, but simply cannot afford it. 🙁

It is also quite nice to have a shot of working with 2 monitors with my MacBook. It is a lot better to be able to work with different part of a project on different screens. For example, the source code on one and the result on the other screen. However I’m trying to put off getting a monitor until I have a job or can afford it.

With the help of Oliver Braun, I managed to get the link to the Applications folder inside the disk image working properly. I was very close to getting the line of make file in the correct place. We’re looking at possibly increasing the size of the background image to make it look a bit better. Follow issue 72008 to track the integration and testing of my patches.

Minutes of the events on Saturday are available on Eric Bachard’s blog. Sunday’s events should be coming soon. EDIT: The events from Sunday are available.

I have to thank Martin Kretzschmar for his sofa, otherwise I would never have gone.

Row span in Writer’s Tables

In one of my not so common moments of using OpenOffice.org Writer as a user, I recently came across an issue with the table layout. I did not have the flexibility to have table cells run over many rows in the way I wanted them to. To my delight, it would appear that this is going to be fixed. Unfortunately the fixes won’t come in time for this report that I’m writing.

For more information about this please see the GullFOSS blog.

iBackup Now Supports OpenOffice.org 2

The easy to use and free for personal use backup program called iBackup now has a plugin, written by me, to allow the easy backup of your OpenOffice.org 2 preferences. I have also included the preferences for the upcoming native version of OpenOffice.org. They are in a separate location compared to the preferences for the X11 to prevent the Aqua development versions of OpenOffice.org corrupting your X11 OpenOffice.org preferences.

Support for Mac OS X 10.3 to be dropped after OpenOffice.org 2.1

As was discussed in tonight’s Mac Port Meeting for OpenOffice.org, the Mac Porting Team will be dropping support for Mac OS X 10.3.x after the release of OpenOffice.org 2.1.
The reasons for the dropping of support of Mac OS X 10.3 include:

  • Around the time OpenOffice.org 2.2 is due out, Mac OS X 10.5 will be released some time in “Spring 2007″[1]. Trying to support 3 Major versions of Mac OS X is difficult with our small team.
  • The current Aqua development versions of OpenOffice.org require the use of Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
  • The Mac Porting Team has limited resources and very few developers currently have access to a machine that has Mac OS X 10.3 on it. This means that developing and testing on Mac OS X 10.3 is difficult.
  • [Only for the technical minded] The compiler (gcc3) that is used for producing builds for Mac OS X 10.3 isn’t good enough any more. Examples for problems include: It claims valid code isn’t valid; doesn’t give useful error or warning messages; and some warning messages are not available. The gcc4 (the compiler in Mac OS X 10.4), is much better as it doesn’t have the aforementioned problems.

If it is shown that there is a large requirement for continuing future support for Mac OS X 10.3, then this decision may be reversed.
The log of the meeting is available to read.

[1]: Source Mac OS X Leopard Sneak Peek Page

Workaround for X11 not launching posted on Mac Porting Web Site

With the deluge of people complaining about the X11 update and OpenOffice.org not starting, I posted a news article detailing a quick workaround to get OpenOffice.org running again. It should be noted that the next release of (and current development builds) are not affected by the problematic fonts as there has been a change in the logic which safe guards against the the divide by zero that was happening when the new fonts supplied by Apple were being loaded in. Hopefully Apple are going to re-release the X11 update soon.

Apple’s X11 update

Apple released an X11 update on 1 November 2006. It fixes a but that I commented about, regarding the cmd+tab and the X11 windows not coming forward.

On the other hand there appears to be an issue with the fonts in that build. This seems to affect the current official release of OpenOffice.org on the Mac. I didn’t notice it at first because I have been using builds made by my ooobuilbot MacPort1.

The current workaround is to remove the Vera fonts from /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF. For more information please see issue 71096.

First Priority 1 bug fixed

Opened and closed as being fixed in 3 day, now that is what I call quick. I must thank hr for his quick response and pjanik for helping to find the error. Mind you it can be quite nice sitting on the cutting edge of technology. Unfortunately you end up forgetting what is in the latest official release!