Okay, so... NeoOffice vs. MS Office

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  1. dopey220 macrumors 6502

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    I'm wanting to get MS Office, but now that I've heard about NeoOffice, naturally I'm strongly, STRONGLY considering it. Pros and cons?
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    neooffice
    free and does most of the thing M$ office does

    M$ Office
    excel can't be totally replaced, no any spreadsheet software out there can do all what excel does, especially plotting part

    compatibility.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Macros are still my biggest woe with NeoOffice. I spend hours converting from Excel. :(

    But I WILL NOT BE BROKEN! :rolleyes:
     
  4. dopey220 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't imagine I'd be doing much, if any Excel work. I just need something I can use to write papers and do the occasional "PowerPoint" presentation. So, NeoOffice it is then, I suppose.

    But just in case, any more opinions? any M$/NeoOffice compatibility issues to speak of? What about the forthcoming Office 2007?
     
  5. clevin macrumors G3

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    well u can use neooffice or abiword, based on your usage.
    there will be small compatibility issue here and there, but generally okay.
     
  6. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

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    I use iWork and neoOffice, and that's a good compromise IMHO, although I don't know about spreadsheets and such.
     
  7. theBB macrumors 68020

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    I have used NeoOffice a few times, the only "compatibility" issue I have seen was with one of my documents that has, let's say, 30 lines per page in one came out with 28 lines per page in the other, so I ended up with a two page document (with the second page having only two lines on top) instead of one full page. Still, considering I have saved $150, I cannot complain. So far, it works almost flawlessly as an Excel and Word replacement for me. (I never had to use Macros). I have also installed it for my niece's computer, she is 9 years old, so I don't know if she'll be able to handle "Save As" to save her documents in MS-Word format so that she can open them at school as well. If she can, she just got $150 to spend. :)
     
  8. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    If it's just for papers and presentations, I STRONGLY recommend neooffce AND iWork. Neooffice is free and pretty darn good (it's all I use). iWork is pretty damn cool and great for presentations and word processing. Can't beat that combo.
     
  9. nick004 macrumors regular

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    just download neooffice and try it, you won't wanna go back to M$. Thats the beauty of open source, you can try the full product with no cost.

    One of the main reasons for me going Apple was to run and hide from Bill
     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Can iWork's Pages read/write Word .doc files?
     
  11. psychofreak Retired

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    Yes
     
  12. Quboid macrumors 6502

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    No.
    Not that i know off.
     
  13. Quboid macrumors 6502

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    My bad it can open .doc files . I dont think it works the other way around though.
     
  14. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Yes Pages can, just not as well as MS Word, it can also export to PDF (which I always do), if you wanna get iWork which I would recommend wait until after the Keynote in 2 weeks, as iWork 07 will be released.
     
  15. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

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    It does work both ways. You can export to Word, although I prefer PDF
     
  16. solvs macrumors 603

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    TextEdit can import and export Word compatible stuff if it isn't that complicated. Pages is ok, but it's better at being a page layout program. Hoping iWork '07 is a little better. Keynote is awesome for presentations.
     
  17. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    If you are looking for a seamless compatability with Windows Office files, Office 2004 for Mac works like a charm. I have been using this. I know some people don't want to spend on the relatively expensive software; but, in my case, I have zero regret buying and using Office 2004.

    As far as PowerPoint is concerned, I usually use Keynote if I am making my presentation materials. But, my business colleagues use PowerPoint; so, having PP as part of Office 2004 is good.
     
  18. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Compared to most of the dedicated plotting apps available for MacOS X, Excel is an extremely blunt intrument.
     
  19. grafikat macrumors 6502a

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    How does neo office compare to open office, which is also free?

    Does it require x11? I like OO because it will open Access databases. While not my first choice of db programs, my currently employer loves 'em. And as you know MS Office for Mac does not offer Access
     
  20. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

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    Neo Office is basically Openoffice done in Cocoa. It is more likeable because it doesn't require X11, and it has the aqua GUI (although it doesn't fit as well into iLife as iWork, eg it doesn't use inspector windows and such)
     
  21. clevin macrumors G3

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    wow, thats a big statement.
     
  22. moogle301 macrumors member

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    I can't seem to find a review function in Neoffice (in MS Word it is 'toolbars' 'reviewing'.)
     
  23. maflynn Moderator

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    As much as I like/use open office/neo office. Its still behind the function of MS Office.
     
  24. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you referring to changes that have been made and you want to record them and then accept or reject?

    Look under Edit > Changes where you can record changes, show changes, and accept or reject each change.
     
  25. PsyD4Me macrumors 6502a

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    what about support and converting issues (doc/docx)?
     

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