Best Open Source MS Office 2008 Alternative

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  1. Carmellom macrumors member

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    My MS Office 2008 trial period is over and I need to edit docs. I like it a lot but not sure if I want to fork over the dough yet. Any really good open source alternatives (free) that have compatibility with the new office format (.docx) and many of the same features?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    There is OpenOffice.org and NeoOffice. Both free.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You might be looking at buying a copy of Office then if you really need compatibility.
     
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  5. Carmellom thread starter macrumors member

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    I really want to be able to use it for standard to advanced-standard features on spreadsheets and word docs (.docx). Will NEO office do this? I downloaded open office and thought it was pretty much ****.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Then you might need to actually buy Office if compatibility is that important.
     
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  8. Carmellom thread starter macrumors member

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    Ha, for around $100 dollars. Office should be cheaper considering they sell it in China for $9.95, I would for like 49.95...
     
  9. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    i would say open office. cause it has its own GUI right now?
    neooffice was kinda the suppliment until Openoffice got a aqua gui imo.
     
  10. Carmellom thread starter macrumors member

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    I understand but after open office, I'm not workin or polluting my mac for another crap program
     
  11. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    open office is hardy crap imo.:rolleyes:
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i know, deleting an app is very hard:rolleyes:

    they are free. see if they do what you want. if not too bad and get the real thing. if so great

    you really have no room to complain....
     
  13. Carmellom thread starter macrumors member

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    Hardy? or Hardly? whats "imo"?
     
  14. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    I agree. If your looking for an advanced document editor then use Office. iWork and Neo Office pale in comparison when it comes to features. When it comes to features. No matter how much negative words you hear about Office 2008 (especially no macro support), it is still the best office suite on the Mac.

    I would rank iWork a solid second because while it may have a better UI and templates, it lacks in advanced features and compatibility. I've been using it for the past month but I've been impressed with the updates the MacBu has done.
     
  15. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Agreed, and with SP2 last week, my one major complaint - speed compared to 2007 or even 2003, was pretty much fixed.
     
  16. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    In My Opinion.
     
  17. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Complain to microsoft. Maybe they'll give you a discount. :rolleyes:

    Just buy office or try out any of the programs mentioned in this thread. Honestly if you *really* need everything to be perfect, you're going to have to buy either Office 2008 or the windows version so you can run it with VMWare or something of that nature.
     
  18. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    It's back-to-school season, so watch retailers to see if they've got a good price. I just checked Amazon, and they've got the Home and Student Edition for $100 as of this split second. There's usually more back-to-school specials as the summer wears on, too.

    If you're a university student or work for a large company, check to see if you can get Office for less than retail. Microsoft has a Home Use Program that lots of companies and schools take part in, and it's pretty inexpensive.

    If you're in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Seattle area, you can sign up to take part in usability studies. In exchange for an hour or two of your time, you can get a copy of Office 2008 (or other hardware/software from Microsoft), plus you get to see a glimpse of the future of the suite and help shape it. (We do conduct usability studies elsewhere, but the vast majority is in our offices so that the app teams have the opportunity to observe it. )

    Regards,
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  19. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I'm trying that out now, it crashed on me once so far. As soon as I installed it and tried to create a new document, it just quit. It does seem faster than OOo or NeoOffice.
     
  20. blueprint1983 macrumors 6502

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    All i needed Neo Office to do was upload their version of a .doc resume to Monster and there was all sorts of formatting problem. Unfixable imo.

    I'm saving up for Office 2008.

    Is the new Open Office any better?
     
  21. Carmellom thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Nadyne, any testing in Milwaukee?? I would be happy to come in and spend a few hours to aid in development... I market for a large real estate company and could have some good suggestions. Let me know. Thanks
     
  22. j_maddison macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Nadyne, it's great to see someone from the Macbu posting here

    Jay
     
  23. j_maddison macrumors 6502a

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    I'm wondering if it's something to do with your set up, I've had it installed for quite some time now and it's never crashed on me once. Sorry to hear about your troubles with it. Have you tried the standard, repair permissions/ running onyx stuff?
     
  24. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It hasn't happened since, but I was just posting my first impression.
     

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