Read Me for OO.oX11 2.0RC3

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The new version of (v.3.0 and higher) does not use X11

This document is not yet complete. The information here is still being worked on, verified, etc. It has been posted here to help with editing and verification. Please remember when editing that the intent is to have this information in a file that would be availible to the user. While there will be a link back to this website, the text in this read me should stand alone. --Jake 14:41, 16 November 2005 (CST)


Please read these instructions carefully to properly install and configure 2.0RC3. For future reference you should move this README file onto your hard disk. An FAQ for this release can be found on the NeoWiki ( This FAQ can provide help for some of the more common issues with this release.

We hope you enjoy working with the new 2.0 office suite. Join us online at!

[edit] General Notes

Upgrading from previous versions? Please be sure to read the Upgrading section for important details.

X11 IS REQUIRED: X11 can be found on both of the 10.3 "Panther" and 10.4 "Tiger" install disks. The program is about 40 megs in size and will install in your Utilities folder inside your Applications folder. If you are running 10.3 "Panther, you may also download and install X11 from here:

If you are unsure as to whether or not Apple X11 is installed, look in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder for a file called X11.

[edit] Who Should Use This?

This version of 2.0RC3 requires the X11 windowing system. As such, it does not yet have the standard Mac OS look-and-feel and is targeted for advanced Mac OS X users who are comfortable using X11.

Even if you are willing to use an X11-based product, please note this version is still being tested! It is not yet a full, stable version of the suite.

If you need something stable for day to day use, either 1.1.2 X11 ( or NeoOffice/J 1.1 ( are available. Both are based on OpenOffice 1.1, and are stable enough for day-to-day use as your primary office productivity suite.

[edit] System Requirements X11 2.0RC3 requires:

  • Macintosh G4/400mhz or higher recommended
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or higher 256 MB of memory for decent performance. 512 MB recommended.
  • 300 MB free hard drive space for
  • 600 MB additional hard drive space for installation of auxiliary applications required to run
  • 1 GB additional free space on your System drive for use as swap space during installation and execution.
  • XFree86/XDarwin or Apple X11.

[edit] New Features

For a full listing of what's new in 2.0, see

[edit] Language Packs

Localized language packs for es, fr, it, sv, de, nl, pt-BR, ja, ko, zh-CN, zh-TW are available on They do not need to be updated for rc3.

[edit] Known Limitations

Please be aware that the license agreements state that all software is provided AS IS and is not guaranteed fit for any particular purpose. The following are known limitations, but others may exist:

  • does not launch with a blank document. Users must create a blank document using File > New on first launch.
  • It is not possible to collapse windows in OOo 1.1.2 or have non-floating toolbars due to intentional design changes between 1.0.x and 1.1.x.
  • OOo is installed in a single-user mode by default. Multiple user accounts, particularly user accounts with networked home directories, may not be fully supported.
  • PDFs generated by the internal PDF exporter may not be 100% compatible with the Apple Preview application.
  • Keyboard input of "dead keys" required for some foreign language input methods may not function properly.
  • Full keyboard navigation of menus may not be functional due to Option/Alt being reserved for Macintosh keyboard input.
  • Accessibility support for Assistive Technologies is not fully implemented.
  • Bullets imported from Microsoft Office documents may be different in appearance.
  • To use ODBC, you must use a jdbc-odbc bridge. Native ODBC is not functional.
  • Netscape plugins cannot be embedded within documents.
  • Some printers may have corrupt PPDs. Select a generic PPD for your printer, if available. Otherwise, use the PDF Converter to create PDF files that you can print from Preview or Adobe Acrobat.
  • Paper sizes for some PPDs may not be usable from OOo.
  • Printing may be incompatible with GhostScript distributions other then ESP-Ghostscript 7.05.
  • If your printer does not have a PPD, it may not be possible to print from OOo.
  • It is not possible to open files that are locked on disk. will report a general Read/Write error, but not report the file as locked.
  • Attempting to load a remote file via the Open URL menu or the File > Open menu item may result in an unexpected error in some cases.
  • Locally mounted disks and partitions may appear as "network mounts" in file choosers and dialogs.
  • OOo cannot resolve Mac aliases and will open the alias rather then the file to which it points.
  • It is not possible to embed Java applets within documents.
  • TWAIN scanner image capture may or may not be functional.
  • PowerPoint graphics may be corrupted on import.
  • OLE communication between OOo and other Mac OS X applications is non-functional.
  • ActiveX control is not supported.
  • Clipboard data exchange is limited to 128 character plain text copy/paste.
  • Page sizes set through Format > Page Settings will override defaults for Printer Settings.
  • Crashes may occur when undoing operations in documents that contain multiple page sizes.
  • When deleting graphics embedded in tables, other graphics occurring later in the document may need to be re-inserted.
  • Font face and size for formulas may not be retained across save/load.
  • Importing Microsoft Office documents containing OLE objects that have their own version histories may result in crashes.
  • It may not be possible to import "dual format" PowerPoint files that advertise themselves as PP95 files that actually have PP97 formatted contents.
  • This build has been tested only on Mac OS X 10.2 and higher only. Mac OS X 10.1 and earlier systems are not supported.
  • Macintosh fonts for foreign languages, particularly languages with multi-byte character sets or non-MacRoman encodings, may not be functional with OOo. TrueType fonts may need to be copied from Windows or other OOo supported operating systems for these languages.
  • Some symbol/glyph TrueType fonts are incompatible with FreeType 6.2 and may cause bullets or math symbols to be drawn incorrectly or not at all. The problem symbol fonts will need to be replaced with compatible fonts.
  • Some fonts, particularly Arabic fonts, use kerning, hinting, and glyph substitution that cannot be properly replicated by FreeType.
  • Fonts that are rendered as X11 screen bitmap fonts will not be antialiased.
  • Bold and italic text for some TrueType fonts that do not have their own bold and italic variants may not appear.
  • Some converted fonts may lose metric and kerning information.
  • To use native Macintosh fonts, the Macintosh fonts must first be converted to plain TrueType format and then added into the environment. This installer will attempt to convert many fonts automatically. For fonts that do not get converted automatically, they must be converted manually using the fondu tool. The fondu tool is installed automatically by this installer and is also available for download at Once a font has had a .ttf file generated for it from fondu, simply copy the .ttf file into /Applications/OpenOffice.org1.1.2/share/fonts/truetype and it will be available in the environment. You can use Start as a droplet for converting fonts by dropping the dfont directly on Start OOo.
  • Not all fonts can be properly converted by fondu for use with OOo.

[edit] Upgrading from Previous Versions

If you have other versions of installed, you will still be able to use them. Unlike 1.1.2, X11 2.0RC3 is contained in a .app bundle. This includes many of the functions found in "Start". When you start 2.0RC3 for the first time, it will as you about importing your preferences from the previous install. This will not overwrite or change those preferences, just import them to the 2.0 application.

[edit] Starting Manually

To launch, simply double click the .app bundle (as you would any other program). It should automatically open X11 for you. If you encounter problems, you may want to try launching manually. With your X server running type the following command in the Xterm window (this command assumes you have installed the .app file into your Applications folder):


[edit] User Support

A small community of Mac OS X users frequently help newbies install and use Our Web-based support forums are online at: · · · Since we're volunteers, please read through the forums, this document, and other online documentation first to see if your question has already been answered. End-user questions and feedback are welcome. Please post your questions and test results on the Mac OS X Testing forum on

Also, be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, found on the left-hand navigation bar of the home page. In the Mac OS X Testing forum, you will find testing tips and links to a Standard Test Suite of multi-purpose OOo documents.

For more information specifically about the Mac OS X or other ports, visit Instructions for Mac OS X can be found at Feel free to stop by, learn, and even lend a helping hand!

[edit] End User Survey

We encourage you to fill out our online End User Survey to help rapidly set new standards in the next-generation office suite. In accordance with its Privacy Policy, the Community takes every precaution to safeguard your personal data.

[edit] Getting Involved

The community would very much benefit from your active participation in the development of this important open-source project. As an end user, you are already a valuable part of the suite's development process, and it's important we hear from you. You can make major contributions-- even if you have limited software design or coding experience.

At, you will find projects ranging from Localization, Porting and Groupware to real core coding projects. If you are not a developer, try the Documentation or the Marketing projects. The Marketing project applies both guerrilla and traditional commercial techniques to marketing open-source software across language and cultural barriers, so you can help just by spreading the word and telling a friend. The Marketing Communications & Information Network at lets you provide point communication contact with press, media, government agencies, consultants, schools, Linux Users Groups and developers in your country and local community.

Consider subscribing via to one or more of the mailing lists. Lurk for a while and use the mail archives to familiarize yourself with many of the topics covered since the source code was released back in 2000. When you're comfortable, make an E-mail self-introduction and jump right in. If you are familiar with open-source Projects, check out our To-dos list and see if there is anything you would like to help with at

Here are a few of the mailing lists to which you can subscribe. Following the description of each list is an indication of approximately how much email you should expect. · News: (recommended to all users) - light traffic · Main user forum: (easy way to lurk on discussions) - heavy · Marketing project: (beyond development) - getting heavy · General code contributors: - moderate/heavy · Groupware: - moderate Developers are encouraged to discuss bugs on the developer mailing list. Advanced Mac OS X and Darwin users are encouraged to post their test results and questions on the Mac OS X Testing forum. The porting team will monitor this forum for bugs and issues to be entered into the OOo IssueZilla system. Feel free to post bugs and issues directly to IssueZilla if you are comfortable with this system.

Whether you are an end user or experienced software developer, the OpenOffice.Org project could use your help. The community is made of people just like you who believe in the value of open source and contribute their time and energy to offer the world a terrific product. We thank you in advance for your contribution.

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