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From J├╝rgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: Willing to pay
Date Thu, 04 Jul 2013 06:24:41 GMT
Hi James,

you have send your mail to a mailing list and you will receive answers
normally only when you are subscribed to this list.

I use OpenOffice for many many years on Mac as well, it is my main
platform and I can't reproduce or confirm your described problems. And
you are correct we as developer would never accept such a behaviour.

The only recommendation I have at the moment is that you try a cleanup
of your user profile and try again.

Rename in your user profile

~/Library/Application\ Support/OpenOffice or

and start the office again. A new user profile will be created. If your
problem after this still exist please let us know.



On 7/4/13 6:05 AM, James Boyk wrote:
> Please excuse this intrusion. I have been using OpenOffice (now 3.4.1)
> on my Mac (now 10.6.8) for a couple of years, at the recommendation of a
> physicist/programmer friend (who, however, uses OO on a PC).
> As experienced on my Mac, OO is absurdly defective. I would happily pay
> for an hour of time from someone knowledgeable to see if there's some
> obvious thing wrong or if I should get another word processor (the only
> OO function I use).
> OO font size changes spontaneously, e.g., from 12 pt. to 10 pt.
> Sometimes I Save in 12 pt., and when I Open the file, it's 10 pt.
> The font changes spontaneously, too; or rather, certain points in the
> document turn out to have different fonts associated with them. I'll be
> working in Courier New and will put the cursor at a point where I want
> to enter some new material; and it will appear in Palatino or another
> font that's not Courier New.
> Text does not 'flow.' That is, there are gaps many lines long that don't
> fill up automatically with succeeding text.
> Many things are unintelligible. Help function is useless. (No, I do not
> participate in forums for such things.)
> For what it's worth, I have a BA in math, and was a programmer in the
> '60s at Hughes Aircraft, System Development Corp. and Owens-Illinois. I
> taught at Caltech for 30 years, including supervising many student
> projects involving programming. I mention these things just to make
> clear that, while I'm not technically up to date, I'm not a dope about
> programming, either. But I have never seen an application that is so
> opaque as OO, and so exhausting to work with. It just *can't* be the
> case (I say to myself) that the developers find this behavior acceptable.
> If you can point me to someone really knowledgeable, I'll happily pay
> that person for 30 or 60 minutes of phone consultation.
> (So what word processor *have* I liked? Hands-down, WordPerfect, which I
> used from ver 4.1 to 5.2, giving it up only because I switched to the
> Mac. The lack of WP is the one thing I don't like about using a Mac. I
> have written a novel in MS Word on the Mac, and consider Word shockingly
> bad. It is for "creating documents," I supposed; whereas WordPerfect--at
> least as I experienced it for years, including writing a short book and
> much else--is for Writing!
> Yours,
> James Boyk
> Los Angeles
> for information only
>  At California Institute of Technology
>     Pianist in Residence 1974-2004
>     Lecturer in Music in Electrical Engineering,
>     Founder/Director of Music Lab, 1979-2004
> Debussy "Reflets dans l'Eau" 6:20
> Beethoven Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33  21:24
> Prokofiev Sixth Sonata: Finale  6:47
> TEACHING Int'l Keyboard Institute & Festival, 2011
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> What I Wish I'd Been Taught  4:54
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