IBM Connections Connector for Apache OpenOffice

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Calc, Impress, Writer
connector, files, Social, connections
Post date:
Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 - 05:27
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System Independent version - All releases
Compatible with OpenOffice 4: Yes
User feedback:
Compatible with OpenOffice 4.x?

A new version of IBM Connections connector is now available for download. It can help you to connect to IBM Connections server to access and manage your files and other resources, while you are working on OpenOffice. The innovative and popular feature of sidebar in Apache OpenOffice 4.0 is implemented to provide you with better experience and usability.

Version 2.2
1. Supported status update feature which can show user's update information and allow user to perform some operations, such as repost, like or unlike, comment, etc, from connector.
2. Supported adding or removing comments for community owned file.
3. Fixed a tool tips issue that in some cases it shows text without line break.
4. Fixed an UI refresh issue.
5. Fixed a conversion issue for some html special characters.
6. Adjusted some UI elements on option panel.
1. No support for mouse wheel in status update panel.
2. RHEL 64bit with IBM JRE 1.7 is not supported.

2.1 updated on 20/11/2013
1. Supported upload new version for the files which were shared with me. A new entry on pop-up menu was added.
2. Disabled upload new version for IBM Docs file. Only suitable for the servers which have deployed IBM Docs.
3. Fixed the issue that password may be revoked by too many failed attempts when it has expired or changed from server side.
4. Supported to display up to 1000 communities.
5. Fixed the incorrect date and time shown on the 'Updated' column.
6. Fixed the issue that AOO crashed when open IBM Docs file in browser. Only happened on Mac OS.
7. Fixed the issue that open a community through pop menu is unresponsive.
8. Fixed the issue that some document format (e.g. MS office 2007 or .jpg) which cannot be saved directly will cause invalid upload.
9. Fixed the issue that file status may not synchronized among the opened documents.
10. Fixed the issue that new a drawing/html file and upload, the file is created but the extension is incorrect.
11. Fixed the issue that upload button may became unresponsive when the document is opened in anther window.

2.0.1 updated on 29/08/2013
1. Modified some inaccurate words on extension descriptions, for example, JRE 1.6 (or higher) is required.
2. Fixed the issue that incorrect status update that is not posted by the user might be shown .
3. Fixed the issue that status update will be posted twice by clicking Post.
4. Improved the experience that lost focus from status update will not trigger the real posting.
5. Fixed the issue that get or post status update may not work under Chinese locale. It might even cause login fail if it is the first time to login after installation.
6. Fixed the issue that UI looks like "hang" when switching to different views or folders in the extension or doing searching. A progress indicator is added.
7. Fixed the issue that the text deleted by Backspace keeps shown in RHEL.
8. Performance improvement for switching tabs during a time consuming action, for example, upload or download.

2.0 updated on 19/08/2013
This release is updated for Apache OpenOffice 4.0. The new UI is fully integrated with the new feature of sidebar, and it makes better use of today's widescreen and can let you access your files more easily.
This release focuses on connection with Files of IBM Connections. Other services, for example, status update, will be supported in next release.
Windows, Mac and Linux are all supported.

Bug fixes

  • Support more server configurations, not only w3-connections.
  • New folder can be created when there is no existing folders.


  • Only support OpenOffice 3.0 - 3.4. Add version check during installation.
  • Only support Windows. Add platform check during installation.
  • JAVA 1.6+ 32bit JRE are required.

- Provides a brand new UI for Files, which lets you to connect IBM Connections Files with simple clicks when you work in Apach OpenOffice window.
- Support core Files operations

  • open a file
  • upload a new file
  • upload a new version
  • share a file with other people or a community
  • search files
  • move a file into trash
  • move file into / out of a folder
  • rename a file
  • create a new folder
  • rename a folder
  • delete a folder

- Support functions in other apps.

  • add Apache OpenOffice files to an activity
  • create To-Do items
  • create bookmark
  • post a document to a blog
  • search profiles

IBM Connections Connector for Apache OpenOffice

Version Operating system Compatibility Release date
2.2 System Independent 4.0 09/06/2014 - 04:29 More information Download
2.1 System Independent 4.0 19/11/2013 - 21:00 More information Download
2.0.1 System Independent 4.0 29/08/2013 - 05:24 More information Download
2.0.0 System Independent 4.0 19/08/2013 - 08:33 More information Download
1.4 Windows 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 03/06/2013 - 06:57 More information Download
1.3 Windows, Linux 3.4 25/01/2013 - 05:21 More information Download
1.1.0 Windows, Linux 3.4 25/05/2012 - 02:05 More information Download
1.0.0 Windows, Linux 3.4 09/05/2012 - 05:44 More information Download


Seems like the extension has run into this:
"For the MacOSX version only, any extensions that are written in C++ for AOO 4.0 (or earlier) will no longer work and be marked as disabled in the AOO extensions manager. This is because of the change of AOO from a 32-bit to a 64-bit application on MacOSX. Please report the problem to the developer of the extension."

With the 4.1.1 release. Backing to 4.1.0 makes the plugin work again.
Any chance of having the extension made compatible with 64 bit macs?

I have installed the extension, but when I try to enable it I get an error:
Could not create Java implementation loader

Any clues?

Cannot upload a new file into Connections "My Files".
I'm connected, can browse files, folders and communities, but uploading a new file to Connections fails everytime.

Each time I'm trying to upload a new file, I end up with error message:
This file <filename> was not uploaded.
<filepath> (Directory or file does not exist)

As a result, a new file name is created in Connections, but has a 0B size.
For existing files it is possible to upload new versions, but to create a new one does not work.
Tested (and failed) is on Linux RHEL with AOO 4.0.1, connector v2.1, Java v1.7.0_51

Regardless if I use Mac OSX or Windows 7 I get "Authorization failed for https//" when trying to setup the connector. Am 100% sure the password is correct.
Anyone else succeeded to set it up towards SMartCloud?

To connect SmartCloud please use another extension: IBM SmartCloud Connector for Apache OpenOffice.
But it cannot support Organization Login account, which requires OAuth not Basic Auth we are using now. A fix for this issue is under investigation.

I have a problem installing version 2 on AOO 4. it says that Java 1.6 JRE is required. "java -version" in Terminal returns 1.6.0_51. I am using a MacBook Air with current (10.8) OS X.

Could you provide more details about the error you met? What's the error message? Please noticed that you need to completely exit and restart AOO after install/uninstall the extension.

The plugin installed but wasn't enabled. When I open the extension manager, select the Connections plugin (ver. 2.0.0) and click on "Enable", I get the message "Could not create Java implementation loader" and the plugin won't be enabled.
MacBook Air 2012, OS X 10.8.4, Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_51-b11-456-11M4508) (according to terminal command "java -version"), AOO 4.0.0

What else do you need?

My Connection status "Проверка отображения русскоязычного статуса в плагине OpenOffice" looks as "Проверка отображения русскоязычного статуса РІ плагине OpenOffice"

Please try the new version 2.0.1, this issue should be fixed.

I receive the error WEB_EXCEPTION:303 when I try to define Connection server settings. I receive it for both our internal and the servers. What does this message mean?



I have installed version 1.1.0 to the Open Office 3.4.1 (Finnish). The connector doesn't follow the server URL setting of the preferences window at all. Instead the connector tries to connect to site every time.

Great extension. Works fine on Windows. However, under Ubuntu Linux it won't run and complains of a missing

any way to fix this?

I discovered that, if the IBM Connections system referenced by this plugin, is unavailable (like today's w3 outage), AOO won't start at all.. It just hangs on the splash screen for all AOO apps.

1. Can't add any files to Connections.
2. Inconsistent "Add to" targets. Documents can go to Activities and Blogs but, slides only go to Activities?? Huh
3. UI typos - Author is spelled with an o - Add-to Activities panel shows auther.


4. Seems that any document that was not created in AOO doesn't get any share options but Activities.

Just wanted to point these out since the don't happen in the Symphony version of the extension... what's going on?

Hello, this extension is similar with the one for IBM Symphony, but not all functions be merger to Apache Openoffice.
I have submitted a new version which with the Files function. Please have a try on the new version 1.1.0.
With this version:
You can post your files to IBM Connections My Files now from AOO window.
You can open your files from IBM Connections My Files just by one click from AOO window.

Files now works as expected. I appreciate your timely response and good work.