installing open office

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by miss-goldie, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. miss-goldie macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2007
    I am a big open office fan and have been using it on my pc for years. I have seen that they do a MAC version but got the impression it wasn't as well established as PC versions. Does anyone use it and what is their install and use experience please. it is on my list to install tomorrow. I need word/ writer.
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    We have our own native port of OpenOffice, called NeoOffice.
  3. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    I've tried it, but it looks horrible compared to NeoOffice, and doesn't integrate nicely. The X11 you need installed for it to work is a nuisance and overall I found it counter-productive compared to NeoOffice.
  4. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    i found ooo to be usable, but there's little things that bothered me: the need for x11, pause when typing, disappointing GUI, responsiveness of the app, etc. it seemed obvious that the app was not intended for OS X.

    i switched to office '04 and pages after using ooo for a few months. and now i'm trying out office '07 under parallels.
  5. MacAodh macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    Dublin, Eire
    Neooffice works perfectly for day to day use. I use it all the time. I did use microsoft office but problem was it was a hacked version (i'm a bold boy :p ) but i'd have to leave the college network every time i opened it (it checked the network to see if anyone else was using the same serial number) so i changed

    The only problem with NeoOffice is it takes about 3 and a half years to load (you'd be suppried how not far off that is!!!) since it's got loads of java in it. Openoffice are bringing out a new port that won't need x11 to run and a beta of that should be out with in a month or two... (i hope) and that should be almost exactly the same as the windows/linux version. Check out this link for more info and there's a few screen shots as well.

    Hope this helps
  6. neyoung macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2007
    Definitly check out Neo Office if you are a fan of Open Office. I used Open Office before I switched to OS X and loved it. The OS X port of Open Office runs nice, but as MacAodh said, the load times are kinda sucky :(
  7. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    #7 is working on a OSX native, X11-free port of OO, test version is said to be available in next several months, lol.

    At current time, NeoOffice is a good choice, which is OO with a nice UI, and X11-free (somebody said it use java to replace any need of X11). But don't expect it will run faster than OO, after all, they are essentially same in core.

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