History of NeoOffice and OpenOffice.org: Timeline

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This overview and history consists of several pages. Click on the links in the box to the right to move to the previous or next section.

Timeline

As every timeline needs a starting point,so does this one. So let's call it the year 0AN. This gives us the Before NeoOffice era (BN) and the After NeoOffice era (AN).

  • 22BN - 12BN 1980-1990 :A star is born - StarOffice by StarDivision
  • 3BN-1999: StarDivision bougth by Sun Microsystems
  • 2BN-2000-Oct: Dawn of OpenOffice.org - StarOffice 6.0 code open-sourced by Sun Microsytems- partial port to Mac OS X included - basis for OpenOffice .org on Mac and NeoOffice projects
  • 2BN - 0AN: OpenOffice.org on Mac - OpenOffice.org/X11
  • 0AN 2002: Dawn of NeoOffice - NeoOffice/C project - replace X11technologie by native Mac API and routines
  • 1AN-2003-Jun: NeoOffice/J sees the light - make NeoOffice independent of X11 by use of Java™
  • 2AN-2004: NeoOffice/C laid to rest - concentrate on NeoOffice/J
    • -Sept: Aquafication begins
  • 3AN-2005-Jun :NeoOffice/J 1.1 first whole-number, non-developmental release of NeoOffice/J -NeoLight Spotlight integrationt -Quickstart service
    • -Jun: Start migration to Intel Mac - Java 1.4.2 codebase
  • 4AN-2006-Feb: NeoOffice 1.2 - dropped the " /J" - Java 1.4.2 codebase
    • -Mar: NeoOffice averages nearly 2 million downloads per year
    • -Apr: NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha PowerPC
    • -Jun: NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha Intel - first NeoOffice version to run on Intel-based Mac
      • NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta - native scrollbars, buttons, check-boxes, and other widgets-native open and save dialogues ...
  • 5AN-2007-Mar: NeoOffice 2.1- first truly native, final-quality office suite release for Intel-based Macs - first application on Mac OS X to support reading and writing Microsoft Office 2007 OpenXML Word documents - NeoOffice became the only Mac app still in development to support VBA macros in Excel spreadsheets.(with Microsoft's discontinuation of support for VBA in the then-forthcoming Office 2008 for Mac)
    • -Oct: NeoOffice 2.2 - Further Mac and Aqua integration including use of the Mac OS X spelling and grammar checkers, access to the Mac OS X Address Book, Quick Look support, Image Capture-based image import, QuickTime video, native floating palettes, an iLife-like media browser, Apple Remote support, trackpad gesture support ... - incorporate http://go-oo.org/ and other open projects features
  • 6AN-2008-Sept: Start in-house development NeoOffice 3.0 PowerPC - Although Sun chose not to ship OpenOffice.org Aqua for PowerPC Macs, NeoOffice developers fixed many PPC-related bugs and performance problems in the OpenOffice.org 3.0 codebase and released a fully-supported NeoOffice 3 for PowerPC.
  • 7AN-2009-Mar: NeoOffice 3.0 based on OpenOffice.org 3.0 - Support Mac OS 10.4 en 10.5 Intel and PowerPC Macs- Additionally , compared to Standard OpenOffice.org, Services support and the ability to specify which component opens on launch.
    • -Oct:NeoOffice 3.01- official support for Mac OS X 10.6, the NeoOffice Mobile document-sharing solution, and a number of significant changes backported from OpenOffice.org 3.1
  • 8AN-2010-Feb: NeoOffice 3.0.2 - native highlighting, smoother text kerning, new user interface to control certain Mac OS X-specific features and to specify which component opens on launch, and support for live renaming and moving of open documents - 512x512px Finder icon
    • -May: NeoOffice 3.1.1 based on OpenOffice.org 3.1 - NeoOffice Mobile enhancements


Additional Resources:

http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/ porting: OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X

http://www.geocities.com/terry_teague/openoffice.html Start OpenOffice.org (Terry Teague)

http://www.neooffice.org/ NeoOffice.org

http://trinity.neooffice.org/ trinity (news and support forums for all forms of OpenOffice.org on Mac OS X)

http://www.planamesa.com/neojava/index.php NeoOffice (formerly NeoOffice/J)

http://www.dashboardbuddha.com/OOo/index.html OpenOffice.org Work (Edward H. Peterlin)

http://www.iceni.org/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/2003/ Dan Williams: OpenOffice.org on the Mac

http://porting.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=dev&msgNo=14452 History of the Mac OS X Port (Kevin B. Hendricks)



Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. OpenOffice.org is a trademark of Team OpenOffice.org e.V. Aqua is a trademark of Apple Inc. NeoOffice is a registered trademark of Planamesa Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.


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