NeoOffice/J 1.1 Release Candidate Release Notes

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Archived Release Notes for NeoOffice/J 1.1 Release Candidate

These are archived release notes for an older version of NeoOffice. If you want to see the release notes for the current version of NeoOffice, please visit the NeoOffice Release Notes.

To download the the latest version of NeoOffice, visit the NeoOffice Downloads page.

Patches for NeoOffice/J 1.1 Release Candidate

Release Candidate Patch-8: The new changes included in this patch are listed below:

  • Fixes a minor printing bug.
  • Automatic checking for patches has been disabled by default, since NeoOffice/J 1.1 has become relatively stable and future development efforts will be focused on Aqua widgets and will produce new patches less frequently.

Release Candidate Patch-7: The new changes included in this patch are listed below:

  • "Quickstart" menu items now in Dock - In "Patch-5", the ability to close all Neo/J windows was added. That patch added several new menu items to the "NeoOffice/J" menu. In this patch, these new menu items are also available in Neo/J's Dock icon menu.
  • Arabic kashida justification - Previously, Neo/J did not add kashidas in full-justified Arabic text and, instead, Neo/J would just widen the spaces between words. In this patch, kashidas are inserted between the appropriate characters and the spaces between words are not widened.

Release Candidate Patch-6: The new changes included in this patch are listed below:

  • Closing the last Neo/J document with the Command-W keystroke will no longer display an empty window (previously this only worked for clicking on the red "close window" globe.
  • The fix for the "crashes after displaying native print dialogs" bug in Patch-5 can cause scaling to change between pages when a document is printed. This bug was reported and fixed this morning so I have released NeoOffice/J 1.1 Release Candidate "Patch-6" with the fix.

Release Candidate Patch-5: The new changes included in this patch are listed below:

  • Closing the last Neo/J document will no longer display an empty window. With this patch, Neo/J will stay running with an empty menubar after closing the last document.
  • After closing the last document, you can open a document without having to relaunch Neo/J by opening a file from the Finder or by selecting one of the following localized menu items in the "NeoOffice/J" menu:
    • Text Document
    • Spreadsheet
    • Presentation
    • Drawing
    • Formula
    • From Template
    • Open Document
  • 10 bugs reported against Patch-4, including:
    • Hyphenation between ligatures - When a word was hyphenated between the letters of a ligature, the ligature would be superimposed over the hyphen and a space would be left at the beginning of the next line. This bug has been fixed.
    • Java 1.5 on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger - For some users, installation of Java 1.5 would cause Neo/J to not be able to load Java 1.3.1 and Neo/J would crash. This bug has been fixed.
    • Crashes after displaying native print dialogs - In certain cases, Neo/J would crash after displaying the native "Print" or "Page Setup" dialog. This bug has been fixed.

Release Candidate Patch-4: The bugs fixed by this patch are listed below:

  • Installation on Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" - Some users have found that installing Tiger on their machine causes the "tar" command to be deleted. Without this command, both the Neo/J patch installer and Neo/J itself would not work correctly. This problem has been fixed by making Neo/J no longer use the tar command.
  • Document list in the "Window" menu - Under certain circumstances, selecting a document in the Window menu would not work properly. This bug has been fixed.
  • Transparent 3D images - When Neo/J's OpenGL support is turned on, transparent 3D images would not be drawn correctly. This bug has been fixed.
  • Spotlight Integration on Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" - Also included in this patch is the NeoLight Spotlight plugin. NeoLight is a metadata importer for NeoOffice/J and 1.x formatted documents. It allows for searching and indexing of these documents based upon standard metadata and textual content, allowing for Neo/J and to be integrated directly with the Mac OS X 10.4 Spotlight environment. When you install "Patch-4" on Tiger, the NeoLight Spotlight plugin will automatically be installed and activated.

Release Candidate Patch-3: The bugs fixed by this patch are listed below:

  • 6 bugs reported against Patch-2, including:
    • Right-to-left text - Neo/J did not handle intermixed right-to-left and left-to-right text. This bug has been fixed.
    • Random crashing - A memory leak in Neo/J that was causing random crashing after using Neo/J for long periods. This bug has been fixed.

Release Candidate Patch-2: The bugs fixed by this patch are listed below:

  • issued a fix for a security vulnerability that exists in all versions of Since NeoOffice/J is based on, Release Candidate "Patch-2", which includes the fix for this vulnerability, was released.
  • Installation directory can be moved - Previously, moving your Neo/J installation could cause error messages when saving files. In this patch, Neo/J will update your user preferences if it detects that your Neo/J installation has been moved since the last time that you ran Neo/J.
  • OpenOffice 1.1.4 macro errors - OpenOffice 1.1.4 on Mac OS X has a bug that causes all occurrences of "Array()" in macros to cause an error. This patch fixes this bug.

Release Candidiate Patch-1a: The bugs fixed by this patch are listed below:

  • Indic text (e.g. Devanagari and Gujurati) is now supported - This patch adds support for character reordering which is required to properly render Indic text.
  • System colors are used - Previously, hard-coded background, text, and highlight colors were used. With this patch, Neo/J now uses the colors set in the System Preferences application.
  • 12 other bugs reported against NeoOffice/J 1.1 Beta or Release Candidate
  • A scrolling bug/crash in Release Candidate Patch-1 (Release Candidate Patch-1 was pulled shortly after it was discovered)

New Features in NeoOffice/J 1.1 Release Candidate

If you have not downloaded a release of NeoOffice/J since version 0.8.4, there are dozens of new features in 1.1 Release Candidate. Some of the most significant include:

  • Based on 1.1.4 codebase
  • Right-to-left and complex text layout (e.g., Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Hindi)
  • Faster program startup
  • Native Aqua menus
  • New professional-quality splash screen, application and document Finder icons, and other artwork
  • Localized user interfaces for 40 languages
  • Mouse wheel support
  • Text drag-and-drop support
  • Improved PDF export
  • Import of WordPerfect documents
  • Support for Macintosh file aliases in open and save dialogues
  • Automatic notification of new patches and versions
  • Patches available as standard Mac OS X installer packages
  • Drag-and-drop between NeoOffice/J and other applications
  • Does not quit when clicking the red "close" widget on the last document window
  • Support for Eudora, Entourage, and Mail as external mailer applications

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