[Solved] User experience: OpenOffice 4.1.7 on MacOS 10.14.6

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[Solved] User experience: OpenOffice 4.1.7 on MacOS 10.14.6

Postby MrProgrammer » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:34 pm

I recently upgraded hardware, and the new machine came with MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) installed. Following the OpenOffice installation instructions, I downloaded and installed AOO 4.1.7 on this machine with no difficulty. Following Oracle's Java installation instructions, I downloaded and installed JRE 1.8.0 with no difficulty. OpenOffice can find and use Java. This took about 20 minutes, excluding download time. (A summary of installation procedures is located in [Tutorial] Mac FAQ Q03/A03, Q05/A05, and Q06/A06.) I copied my documents from the old machine to the new one using an external drive. I can open documents, including password-protected ones, on the new machine with no difficulty. I did not need to make any of the adjustments discussed in Q15/A15 or Q39/A39.

I am waiting and reviewing reports in the forum of experience with MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) before installing it because Catalina was released on 2019-10-07 which is after OpenOffice 4.1.7, dated 2019-09-21. I think it is wise to wait for at least one OpenOffice release after a MacOS release before installing the MacOS release. I do not use LibreOffice.
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Re: User experience: OpenOffice 4.1.7 on MacOS 10.14.6

Postby RoryOF » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:41 pm

From memory: One report is of difficulty pasting filenames into the Catalina File dialogs when used in OO; the OO dialogs took the paste OK.
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Re: User experience: OpenOffice 4.1.7 on MacOS 10.14.6

Postby MrProgrammer » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:54 pm

RoryOF wrote:From memory: One report is of difficulty pasting filenames into the Catalina File dialogs when used in OO; the OO dialogs took the paste OK.
I was the volunteer who suggested trying the OpenOffice Save dialog instead of the MacOS dialog (Mac FAQ Q37/A37) on Catalina. However, testing Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan, released 2015), the MacOS dialog does not accept the full path/file name (and the OpenOffice dialog does) so it's worked this way for some time, and I would guess at least ten years.

I believe the operation of the MacOS dialog is not a change with Catalina, though I can't test to see how it works there. And I wouldn't classify it as a problem; it's just the way MacOS Save dialogs are designed. In the MacOS dialog, one must select the directory by using the Where box in the dialog; the box at the top of the dialog is only for the file name, not the path. I did discover today a lesser-known feature of the dialog which does allow one to paste the path into the MacOS dialog: the ⇧⌘G shortcut. The shortcut is documented for Finder (the Mac's file management application) but also works in the Open/Save dialogs though Apple doesn't seem to tell people they can use it there.
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The MacOS Save/SaveAs dialog
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