LibreOffice on PowerPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ResPublica, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. ResPublica macrumors regular

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    The free office suite LibreOffice actually still supports both Tiger and PowerPC. The app performs quite decently on my old Mac mini G4 and even on my ancient Power Mac G4 (466Mhz). It runs a lot better than Office 2008 or iWork, although Office 2004 remains the fastest. Still, it seems like a solid application, though few people use it.

    Is anybody else using this application on the PowerPC? What are your experiences with it? I kind of like the idea of having one office suite on all my systems.
     
  2. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a

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    It is an 'ok' application. It stills support powerpc so that's good I guess, but I prefer using Bean and Neo Office
     
  3. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

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    I think it is better than "ok." It really is all anybody really needs. I have used the word, spreadsheet, and even the database (a little) module, and if you are used to using Office 2003 or 2004, it will seem just like that.

    It handles the older .doc and .xls files flawlessly, in my experience, but has some difficulties with the newer M$ proprietary formats...

    I hadn't realized it still supports Tiger! Thanks for pointing that out.

    The only thing that may annoy people is that you need to have Java to run some bits of it. Overall, I would say that LibreOffice also looks slightly more polished than OpenOffice, although I haven't looked at OO in about a year.
     
  4. ResPublica thread starter macrumors regular

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    Bean and Neo-Office are more Mac OS X-like, but they are no longer actively developed for Tiger and PPC. Where can one find the last version of NeoOffice for Tiger?
     
  5. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, where can one find the last version for Leopard?


     
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  7. G4TheWin macrumors member

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    In my experience, iWork '09 ran faster than LibreOffice on my maxed-out ram iBook G4. I recommend for anyone needing an office suite to get a copy of Office 2004 off of eBay. It'll only cost you about $10 at the most.
     
  8. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    That is the last version. They never made a Leopard/PowerPC only version, though there was a Leopard/Intel only.
     
  9. G4TheWin macrumors member

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    I once used it, but couldn't do anything with it. It took a minute to start up and when typing there was noticeable lag and dropped characters. Then, I bought Office 2004 from ebay for $10 and got a much better suite.
     

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