Office Notes

May 14, 2008  (Jeffrey Kabbe)

The return of VBA

Microsoft announced this week that VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) will be making a return to Mac Office sometime in the future. Mac Office 2004 had VBA functionality, but when Microsoft rewrote Office as Cocoa applications for Mac Office 2008, VBA didn’t make the feature list. And, apparently, it will never make the feature list for Mac Office 2008. VBA support is slated for the never version of Mac Office, likely due in the next two or three years.

OpenOffice 3.0: So far, so good

I have been using OpenOffice 3.0 beta for a few days now, and I like what I see. I have been using it for what I do most – simple editing and formatting. The interface works quite well, although it’s still easy to see the non-Mac roots. The main interface looks sufficiently Mac-like, but many of the other elements, such as preferences panes and dialogs, just don’t feel right. Even so, I am pleased so far with the workflow and usability of the interface. I haven’t tried anything complicated yet, but I have to learn to walk before I can run.


  1. Does anyone know how I can tell if my slow broadband connection is down to my pc or my broadband provider (Tiscali)? I ran a speed test here and it tells me I have a download speed of 2.06Mbs and an upload speed of 243 Kbps. My laptop a dell Inspiron 8600, is about 3-4 years old some and I have Windows and is running Windows 2000.

    Any or advice help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. You might try asking a friend to test out your internet connection with their computer (desktop or, preferably, laptop). You could also try plugging directly into your cable modem if you’re using wireless. A while ago I found out certain Macs don’t like WPA Personal. They run really slow on it. At the same time, other computers in my house ran blazingly fast. Switching to WPA2 fixed everything. The previously slow computers sped up by a factor of 10-30.

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