Just installed OpenOffice but the start screen is glitching - menus are "stacked"

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  1. felixen macrumors 6502a

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    I got the Agua version and I'm on the newest version of Snow Leopard. I would post a screen shot if I knew how to. But when I open OpenOffice in Applications you get the start screen where you usually get to choose between the different programs. First of all on the text "Welcome to openoffice", the bottom half of "Welcome to" is missing. And then all the icons below are kind of stacked onto each other so you can only access some of them, and its impossible to see what the icons does, cause the text for them also run into each other. whats up??
     
  2. Berlepsch macrumors 6502

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    It sounds like you could have a problem with the font cache. There are a number of free- and shareware tools to clear the cache, like Onyx. The Snow Leopard version is still in beta, though.

    You can also clean the cache from the command line, see this article for details.
     
  3. kilowattradio macrumors regular

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    You should obtain NEOOffice which is openoffice based but built for the Macintosh.
    http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php
     
  4. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ^ Is there anything better about it than the mac version of openoffice (except the whole font problem I'm having hehe)
     
  5. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    onyx didnt work and neon office seems to cost money
     
  6. Berlepsch macrumors 6502

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    Before version 3.0, OpenOffice ran only under the XServer in MacOS, looking and behaving very un-apple-ish. NeoOffice at this time offered a native Mac look-and-feel, which many people preferred. As OO supports Aqua natively now, this difference is mostly history. One reason to use NO is maybe that OO's aqua interface is still a bit buggy (your problem could be an example). The disadvantage of NO is that it is usually behind the current development status, so you might miss some features from the current OO release.

    As for your mangled fonts, the only idea that I have left to re-install OO or try to download the latest developer version. If you'd like to use NeoOffice instead, it is free software, you don't have to pay any money (look for the 3.0 download on the page).
     
  7. beala macrumors member

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    Also, consider buying iWork. I've heard that it's much less buggy that OpenOffice (not sure about neoOffice). It also has this gorgeous full screen mode that, last I checked, OO and MS Office lack. It's not too expensive for office software, either. If you shop around you can get it for $50 or less.
     
  8. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    and iWork has programs similar to Word, Powerpoint, Excel and such? And if so, can I save a document as a .doc (isn't that word's format?) and load it in Word on my friend's PC?
     

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