Monday, January 17, 2005

OSX native OpenOffice port?

It looks like there will be no further work done on the native port of OpenOffice by the "official" team, which is apparently due to licensing issues and insurmountable technical problems. Although this announcement follows suspiciously, at least to me, close to the announcement of iWork '05 by Steve Jobs in his keynote address at MacWorld.

CREDIT: NeoOffice/J
Screenshot of the first public alpha release NeoOffice/J 1.1, with the Aqua menu patch. Note the "proper" use of the Mac OSX menus, it could almost be a real Mac OS X application.

However, all is not lost. NeoOffice/J sits on top of the X11 version and takes advantage of OS X's Java integration to produce a more traditional Macintosh user-interface. So maybe the technical problems aren't all that insurmountable after all...