Java News from Monday, October 18, 2004

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday) I'll be talking about Effective XML at the XML Developers Network of the Capital District in Albany New York. The meeting runs from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Everyone's invited.

Planamesa Software has posted the second alpha of NeoOffice/J 1.1, a MacOS X variant of OpenOffice that replaces X-Windows with Java Swing. This release "supports the features in 1.1.2 including faster startup, right-to-left and vertical text editing, and the ability to save documents directly to PDF." I wrote the original version of the Effective XML presentation in OpenOffice on Linux, which proved not up to the task so I eventually moved it to PowerPoint. I'll check this out and see if maybe I can use NeoOffice/J for tomorrow night's presentation, but no promises.

OK: verdict's in. That was quick. This product is definitely not ready for prime time, at least in the presentation component. As soon as I opened my PowerPoint slides, NeoOffice/J seemed to get stuck in an infinite flashing loop of draw and redraw. At least it let me quit, but I couldn't do anything else. I will be using PowerPoint tomorrow night.