XML News from Tuesday, June 19, 2007

David Reitter has released Aquamacs 1.0b, an Aqua-native build of GNU Emacs 22. "For instance, in addition to traditional Emacs shortcuts like C-x C-f (open a new file), Aquamacs understands Apple-O. Aquamacs behaves like a modern application on Mac (or Windows) when it comes to selecting, copying, pasting texts within Aquamacs or in between applications. Aquamacs offers nice, smooth fonts. Asian input methods work. It's easy to install and runs out-of-the box with no configuration. And all is built on GNU Emacs, so you can use your favorite Emacs packages!" Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later is required.

Planamesa Software has released NeoOffice/J 2.1 Patch 6, a Mac port of OpenOffice 2.1 using a Java-based GUI. This is mostly a bug fix release.

NeoOffice is catching up to Microsoft Office, though it's certainly not there yet, and I'm not sure it will ever get there. (Various look-and-feel bugs I've filed have been closed as won't fix.) Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later is required. NeoOffice is published exclusively under the GPL.