Start OpenOffice.org
Start OpenOffice.org
1.0b9

3.8

Start OpenOffice.org free download for Mac

Start OpenOffice.org

1.0b9
17 May 2004

Launches items created with OpenOffice.

Overview

Start OpenOffice.org is an application for use with OpenOffice for Mac OS X. Start OpenOffice.org is a double-clickable Mac OS X application that allows the user to easily open documents created by "OpenOffice.org". It also provides an easy way to just launch "OpenOffice.org".

What's new in Start OpenOffice.org

Version 1.0b9 adds the following:
  • Fix problem with the "Application.applescript" and "Utility.applescript" scripts being too long to edit with Script Editor - moved some handlers around, removed unused code etc, and created new "ChangeHistory.applescript" file.
  • Add support for Mac OS X 10.3.x Fast User Switching feature - each user has a different X11 DISPLAY. Original patches provided by Randolph Brown and others; support added to handle the actual X11 DISPLAY being used at runtime.
  • Add Preferences dialog field for the preferred X11 DISPLAY.
  • No longer need Direct to PostScript option.
  • Add support for handling files with special shell characters and Unicode characters in their filenames. Based on idea by Roger Jolly.
  • Add support for checking for updates, using MacPAD.
  • Add support for localized MacPAD messages.
  • Conditionally support the MacPAD "barber-pole" progress bar at runtime for different versions of Mac OS X.
  • Add additional User Defaults, including default "OpenOffice.org" module name.
  • No longer set DYLD_LIBRARIES_PATH.
  • Check if BSD tools are installed.
  • Default "OpenOffice.org" version to "OpenOffice.org" v1.1.x.
  • Add support for special handling of "-net" installs and "-net" workstation installs.
  • Launch "OpenOffice.org" document (if any), separately, after launching "OpenOffice.org" itself, to work around weird problems when documents have special shell chars in their name.
  • Major changes for handling paths and URLs.
  • Tidy-up debugging.
  • Fix bug with handling fonts dragged to "Start OpenOffice.org" after launch, if "soffice" has never been run (perhaps because of a X Window Server launch error).
  • Change Mac OS X 10.1.x hack to be an AppleScript Studio hack for older Mac OS X (< 10.2.3).
  • Increase wait time from 5-10 secs to 30 secs and improve checking for "OpenOffice.org" launch, as "OpenOffice.org" v1.1.x "pagein" process can take a long time on a slow machine before the "soffice" process is running.
  • Put up "Please Wait..." floating window before time consuming operations; automatically hide the window when choosing a X Window Server or when an error Alert is up.
  • Make "isProcessRunning" handler only look at processes for this user; and ignore "zombies".
  • Merge French localization resources from Yves de Champlain.

6 Start OpenOffice.org Reviews

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Anonymous
17 January 2003

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Doesn't work on my computer (OS X 10.2). It would probably be easy to fix but, even though it seems to be an Applescript application, there is no source code. Isn't "open source" the name of the game here? It claims to only work if Open Office is installed in /Applications. Here is a script that will start Open Office from the terminal: *** Start (not including this line) #!/bin/csh # app_path should be the Unix-style # directory path to the place you # installed OpenOffice. What follow # is the default: set app_path="/Applications" # N.B. There are *3* lines between here # and the end of the file. The first 2 # start with "setenv" and the last # starts with "sh" setenv DISPLAY localhost:0 setenv DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH $app_path/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program:$app_path/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program/filter:/usr/X11R6/lib sh $app_path/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program/soffice #*** End script Put this in a plain text file in your home directory named something like startooo. Open a terminal window (in the OS X utility Terminal) and type: csh startooo & It's not pretty but it gets the job done. "Start OpenOffice.org" probably does exactly the same thing from applescript.
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Version 1.0b5
Anonymous
23 May 2005
Some tips on using open office
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Version 1.0b9
Anonymous
09 June 2003
I haven't had any success with converting fonts - they get converted okay, but then they don't actually work properly in ooo (1.0.3) - the letters all try to kern into the same space... but this might be a Fondu bug or an oo bug, and nothing to do with this app here.
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Version 1.0b8
Anonymous
06 February 2003
open office is now official! very cool little app to start a very sweet beta. thanks.
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Version 1.0b6
Anonymous
23 January 2003
I wrote the negative review on Jan. 17 (see below), and I stand corrected. "OPENSTEP" is right, I was trying an entirely different "Start OpenOffice" application. This one seems to be well designed and to work as advertised. With the new X11 beta from Apple, OpenOffice is starting to seem like "the real thing." Thanks for the helper, and my apologies for the misinformed review.
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Version 1.0b6
OPENSTEP
18 January 2003
You may have actually been looking at a different application...there is a second AppleScript application name "Start OpenOffice.org" that isn't Terry's, and it is the one that has the Applications path hardcoded in it. Terry's is smart and reads the install location from ~/.sversionrc :) ed
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Version 1.0b5
Anonymous
17 January 2003
Doesn't work on my computer (OS X 10.2). It would probably be easy to fix but, even though it seems to be an Applescript application, there is no source code. Isn't "open source" the name of the game here? It claims to only work if Open Office is installed in /Applications. Here is a script that will start Open Office from the terminal: *** Start (not including this line) #!/bin/csh # app_path should be the Unix-style # directory path to the place you # installed OpenOffice. What follow # is the default: set app_path="/Applications" # N.B. There are *3* lines between here # and the end of the file. The first 2 # start with "setenv" and the last # starts with "sh" setenv DISPLAY localhost:0 setenv DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH $app_path/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program:$app_path/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program/filter:/usr/X11R6/lib sh $app_path/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program/soffice #*** End script Put this in a plain text file in your home directory named something like startooo. Open a terminal window (in the OS X utility Terminal) and type: csh startooo & It's not pretty but it gets the job done. "Start OpenOffice.org" probably does exactly the same thing from applescript.
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Version 1.0b5
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