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OpenOffice on the NetBeans Platform on Ubuntu

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Here's where I am with my OpenOffice integration on the NetBeans Platform:

OpenOffice opens in a TopComponent and I've copied a bunch of code into the document. Clearly, that's what one would hope to have as a result of this integration. Problems that remain are that the document isn't editable, the heavyweight/lightweight thing, and when I close the window OpenOffice crashes.

But those are all details at this point. How to get to the above state? Create a NetBeans Platform application, with a module that has this content:

Next, in the Installer, add this code:

public class Installer extends ModuleInstall {

    public void restored() {
        WindowManager.getDefault().invokeWhenUIReady(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                try {
                    OOoBean oBean = new OOoBean();
                    TopComponent tc = WindowManager.getDefault().findTopComponent("OooTopComponent");
                    oBean.loadFromURL("private:factory/swriter", null);
                } catch (InterruptedException ex) {
                } catch (SystemWindowException ex) {
                } catch (IOException ex) {
                } catch (IllegalArgumentException ex) {
                } catch (CloseVetoException ex) {
                } catch (NoConnectionException ex) {


The Thread.sleep is to provide some time while OpenOffice starts up and is embedded, but maybe that time isn't necessary after all.

The most important thing to get this to work is to include the appropriate JARs and native libs:


The bootstrapconnector.jar comes from here and is required for finding the OpenOffice installation, though that isn't necessary in this sample. (It is used in a different scenario where I wanted to simply open OpenOffice, not embed it. I don't think OfficeBean requires the above.) On the other hand, libjpipe.so is crucial (get it from /usr/lib/ure/lib).

More experiments with this scenario coming soon. Hope someone can help with the problems pointed out above, re editable mode of the OpenOffice document, especially.



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