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OpenVanilla 0.8.0: Now for Leopard

Today we announce the release of OpenVanilla 0.8. It is the third major version of OpenVanilla (0.6, 0.7, 0.8) since 2004. Version 0.8 is available for Mac OS X and Windows. For the unpatient, the new release is available at

One thing that I’d like to mention is that the OS X version comes in two flavors–one for OS X 10.4 and above, and one solely for OS X 10.5–the big cat that is finally unleashed today, and that’s why we choose today to announce its release.


OpenVanilla 0.8 for Mac OS X Leopard has a redesigned engine under the hood. From the appearance it feels just the same as the non-Leopard version, but because Leopard offers us a more clear, easy architecture of developing input methods, we’ll start migrating the entire OpenVanilla framework accordingly. Other than maintain releases of 0.8.x, the next major version of OpenVanilla on OS X will be for Leopard (and above) only.

The major changes of version 0.8, in short words, includes:

  • better visual design elements, including a redesigned candidate window and a set of new icons;
  • redesigned web-site and user manual;
  • the latest version of libchewing for Chewing input method, with an expanded phrase database coverage;
  • wildcard support in Array and Generic input methods, and
  • Support for 3rd party on-screen keyboardlets.

Once again, for download and other information, just visit

2 Responses to “OpenVanilla 0.8.0: Now for Leopard”

  1. on 27 Oct 2007 at 11:00 pmMacJuJu

    I’m still scratching if it is OV’s problem or not. But I am unable to type chinese using OV at Safari. :-(

  2. on 28 Oct 2007 at 3:32 pmlukhnos

    Hi MacJuJu,

    Would you please let us know which version of OV are you using (OpenVanilla for Tiger or LeopardVanilla for Leopard), and what’s your machine type (PPC or Intel), and, other than Safari, does this also happen on other applications?

    Also, you may want to try first start up Safari, switch to OV, wait for 3-5 seconds, and start to type, then see if the problem persists.

    Let me know whether this works. Thanks!