XML News from Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Microsoft has posted the first beta of Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac. Not to be confused with OpenOffice, Office Open XML is a poorly designed XML format for Microsoft Office documents used by the latest versions of Windows Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. According to Geoff Price, the converter "is a stand-alone Macintosh application that converts .docx documents - that is, documents saved by Word 2007 for Windows in the Office Open XML file format - into rich text format (RTF) documents so that they can be automatically opened in either Word 2004 or Word v.X for Mac OS X."

Matt Mullenweg has released Wordpress 2.2 an open source (GPL) blog engine based on PHP and MySQL. This release includes full Atom 1.0 support. I hope I can now retire my Atomic plug-in (based on Benjamin Smedberg's Atom 1.0 plug-in, itself based on James Snell's Atom 1.0 templates). This release also adds a new Blogger importer and widget support for easier customization. All users should upgrade when they get a minute, and turn off RSS feeds shortly thereafter.

Kiyut has released Sketsa 4.2.2, a $49 payware SVG editor written in Java. Version 4.2.2 fixes bugs. Java 5 or later is required.