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In order to prototype methods for adding native Mac features and an Aqua appearance without fighting the constantly-changing [[OpenOffice.org|OpenOffice.org]] code, Edward H. Peterlin (lead developer on the 1.0.3 port) and Dan Williams (a primary developer of the 1.0.3 port) began the [[NeoCInfo|NeoOffice/C]] project. (''Note: In December of 2004, the dormant NeoOffice was renamed "NeoOffice/C"—"C" stands for Cocoa—in order to prevent confusion with the actively-developed NeoOffice/J. To avoid confusion, it will henceforth be referred to as "NeoOffice/C".'') The suite's first appearance was as a proof-of-concept application for the O'Reilly Mac OS X Con 2002. In order to prototype methods for adding native Mac features and an Aqua appearance without fighting the constantly-changing [[OpenOffice.org|OpenOffice.org]] code, Edward H. Peterlin (lead developer on the 1.0.3 port) and Dan Williams (a primary developer of the 1.0.3 port) began the [[NeoCInfo|NeoOffice/C]] project. (''Note: In December of 2004, the dormant NeoOffice was renamed "NeoOffice/C"—"C" stands for Cocoa—in order to prevent confusion with the actively-developed NeoOffice/J. To avoid confusion, it will henceforth be referred to as "NeoOffice/C".'') The suite's first appearance was as a proof-of-concept application for the O'Reilly Mac OS X Con 2002.
-The [[NeoCInfo|NeoOffice/C]] project sought to replace X11 technologies with native Mac APIs and routines like CoreGraphics and ATSUI in order to give OpenOffice.org a Mac “look-and-feel” and make it a well-behaved Mac application. NeoOffice/C was a prototype project aimed at software developers only and was not stable enough for day-to-day use. Its two binary "releases" only ran under Mac OS X 10.2.x ("Jaguar") and then only for a few minutes at a time. +The [[NeoCInfo|NeoOffice/C]] project sought to replace [http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/X11 X11] technologies with native Mac APIs and routines like CoreGraphics and ATSUI in order to give OpenOffice.org a Mac “look-and-feel” and make it a well-behaved Mac application. NeoOffice/C was a prototype project aimed at software developers only and was not stable enough for day-to-day use. Its two binary "releases" only ran under Mac OS X 10.2.x ("Jaguar") and then only for a few minutes at a time.
As of late 2004, [[NeoCInfo|NeoOffice/C]] was not under active development, but many of the lessons learned in its early development were being applied to further development of its sister, NeoOffice/J. The work also formed the basis of the Native Widget and Native Menu Frameworks that debuted in OpenOffice.org 1.1; these frameworks are being used to provided operating system-specific menus and buttons by NeoOffice/J as well as by OpenOffice.org implementations under Linux GUIs such as KDE. As of late 2004, [[NeoCInfo|NeoOffice/C]] was not under active development, but many of the lessons learned in its early development were being applied to further development of its sister, NeoOffice/J. The work also formed the basis of the Native Widget and Native Menu Frameworks that debuted in OpenOffice.org 1.1; these frameworks are being used to provided operating system-specific menus and buttons by NeoOffice/J as well as by OpenOffice.org implementations under Linux GUIs such as KDE.

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Contents

Brief Overview and History of OpenOffice.org and the NeoOffice projects - Page 3

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Introduction

History of OpenOffice.org and OpenOffice.org on Mac OS X

Neolithic Office (NeoOffice® and NeoOffice®/C)

In order to prototype methods for adding native Mac features and an Aqua appearance without fighting the constantly-changing OpenOffice.org code, Edward H. Peterlin (lead developer on the 1.0.3 port) and Dan Williams (a primary developer of the 1.0.3 port) began the NeoOffice/C project. (Note: In December of 2004, the dormant NeoOffice was renamed "NeoOffice/C"—"C" stands for Cocoa—in order to prevent confusion with the actively-developed NeoOffice/J. To avoid confusion, it will henceforth be referred to as "NeoOffice/C".) The suite's first appearance was as a proof-of-concept application for the O'Reilly Mac OS X Con 2002.

The NeoOffice/C project sought to replace X11 technologies with native Mac APIs and routines like CoreGraphics and ATSUI in order to give OpenOffice.org a Mac “look-and-feel” and make it a well-behaved Mac application. NeoOffice/C was a prototype project aimed at software developers only and was not stable enough for day-to-day use. Its two binary "releases" only ran under Mac OS X 10.2.x ("Jaguar") and then only for a few minutes at a time.

As of late 2004, NeoOffice/C was not under active development, but many of the lessons learned in its early development were being applied to further development of its sister, NeoOffice/J. The work also formed the basis of the Native Widget and Native Menu Frameworks that debuted in OpenOffice.org 1.1; these frameworks are being used to provided operating system-specific menus and buttons by NeoOffice/J as well as by OpenOffice.org implementations under Linux GUIs such as KDE.

Screenshots from NeoOffice/C

Flaming Yeti build (26-Nov-2002, OpenOffice.org 1.0-based) Built for O'Reilly OSXCON 2002.

http://www.neooffice.org/images/home-improve-thumb.gifhttp://www.neooffice.org/images/preso-thumb.gifhttp://www.neooffice.org/images/letter-whimsy-thumb.gif

Incendiary Goblin build, aka NeoOffice/C 0.0.1 (22-June-2003, OpenOffice.org 1.1-based) Built for Apple's WWDC 2003.

http://www.neooffice.org/images/goblin_sdraw_thumb.gif

("NeoOffice" is a registered trademark of Edward H. Peterlin.)

Neolithic Office for Java™ (NeoOffice®/J)

Timeline and Additional Resources

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