Tuesday, March 10, 2009

OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs and Apple - first try ;-)

Eventually I know why OOo2GD doesn't work on MacOS.

OpenOffice.org for Mac OS is 32 bit application, Apple Java 6.0 for Mac OS 10.5 is 64 bit application. It looks that on Mac OS, exactly the same like on Windows, 32 bit applications cannot use 64 bit Java. Because of this even if OpenOffice.org pointed to Apple Java 6.0 it was truly using Java 5.0 and OOo2GD wasn't able to work.

I compiled some special version [without some features] for Java 5.0 and this version was able to run on Mac OS 10.5 [I have screenshots :-)]

For now this version isn't perfect.
Download doesn't work [but files are downloaded and written on disk, OOo2GD cannot open those files in OpenOffice.org and hangs OO.org ;-)], on some system also upload doesn't work.
Changing of interface language doesn't work, whatever you choose it will be always English ;-)
Some fonts looks strange.
Buttons "Open in Browser" and "Open via Browser" doesn't work [the same as links for my pages ;-)] because of using Java 5.

I still don't know what I will do with version for MacOS, but most probable for now is that I will prepare some special Java 5 version of AddOn [I hope I will be able to keep as many features as possible].

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  1. There are ways to truly "force" OSX to run Java 6. Let me see if I can help you get the regular plugin working.


  2. Maybe, but from answer given by one of Sun folks on extensions-dev mailing list I know that OO.org cannot use Java 6 on Mac OS.

  3. A version for 5 will be welcomed. Thanks!

  4. any update on this? I use google for everything and i'm just starting yo use open office. i'd like to be able to integrate the two.

  5. For now uploading works, downloading works, but opening downloaded files in OO.org doesn't work :-(

  6. I'm sorry i'm not a devloper, so i cannot help you. But I think to speak for a lot of MAc users here, if I say you that your effort to bring this extension on Mac OSX will be greatly appreciated by us. I think that a Java 5 port will work on 10.4 too, making this really a killer extension for Mac NeoOffice/Openoffice users! Thank you for trying this!


  7. I agree, hope to see a working version soon!

    thanks RMK!