NeoOffice 2.1 Early Access Release Notes

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These are the Release Notes for NeoOffice 2.1, currently available through the NeoOffice Early Access Program (or via a personal build from the source). Release Notes for NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta 3, the current freely-available version, can be found here.


Current Early Access Version

The latest Early Access version of NeoOffice is: 2.1.

NeoOffice 2.1 requires a PPC Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.4 or an Intel Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4. Some Aqua features will appear differently depending on your version of Mac OS X.


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Current Patch

Patch-1 is now available.

The new changes included in this patch are listed below:

  • Fixed 20 bugs, including:
    • Fixed an issue where text in "export to PDF" wouldn't display in Acrobat or Reader
    • Worked around an Apple bug that caused NeoOffice to use a large amount of CPU when in the background or when all documents were closed
    • Fixed issues related to printing documents with multiple orientations
  • Documents opened by NeoOffice now appear in the system-wide "Recent Items" menu in the Apple menu
  • Toolbar buttons now have the Aqua "beveled button" appearance

Note: Patch-1 requires a full installation of NeoOffice 2.1 and will not install on any version of NeoOffice 1.x or NeoOffice 2.0. Patch-1 includes all fixes and additions of previous patches.

Older Patches

NeoOffice 2.1 includes all of the fixes previously available in NeoOffice 2.Aqua Beta 3 with Patch-15, but it is based off of the 2.1 codebase and requires a new, full download.

New Features in NeoOffice 2.1

If you have not downloaded a release of NeoOffice since version 1.2.2, there are dozens of new features in NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta. Some of the most significant include:

  • Based on 2.1 codebase
  • Support for writing ISO 26300 OpenDocument (aka 2.0) file formats
  • Support for Microsoft OpenXML Word document format
  • Support for Microsoft Excel VBA macros
  • Novell's Solver for Calc
  • Significant improvements in startup time
  • Support for Java 1.5 on Mac OS X 10.4
  • New database component
  • Enhanced sound support
  • Runs on Intel Macintoshes
  • Native Cocoa Open and Save dialogues
  • Most widgets (scrollbars, buttons, checkboxes) are now Aqua
  • New Finder icons and splash screen with a more Aqua appearance
  • The new Akua set of toolbar icons with a more Aqua appearance
  • Enhanced support for Mac OS X themes, such as those offered by ShapeShifter

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