NeoOffice? is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mr.Noisy, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Hi, Ive got MS office installed on the Mac, but wondered if it was worth getting Neo Office (well it is free ;) ) , any input i.e. pro's & Cons against MS office would be good, only the wife is studying Biology and has a lot of work to do including bar charts and graphs plus a load of letters to do, would she find Neo Office more user friendly than MS Office ?

    Tar in advance :)
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Nah, except to support open standards. However Lotus Symphony may be good when it comes out this week...
  3. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
  4. dringkor macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    I use Neo Office on my Macs and love it. It's free, for one. And with Microsoft constantly trying to get people to upgrade to their latest version of Office by refusing to support even their own older file formats, Neo Office can read and write seemingly anything. Also the new MS Office is ugly and blue.
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    neo office is a good piece of software esp when working with others that use office
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    In my opinion NeoOffice is a okay free alternative to MS Office, but if you already have the real thing, there's really no point.
  7. Island Dog macrumors 6502a

    Island Dog

    Sep 11, 2005
    St. Cloud, FL.
    Neo Office is very nice, but I would prefer to have iWork.

  8. Steel Wheels macrumors member

    Steel Wheels

    Oct 29, 2007
    The Land Of 10,000 Lakes
    I have used NeoOffice for awhile and I'd definitely recommend trying it. It's a little slow but for the most part it works well for me. I haven't run into any annoying bugs yet.
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    I'm no Office fan, but... huh?
  10. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    Um... when you ask "Is NeoOffice worth it?"...

    It's free, so yes, it's worth "it", I suppose.

    Unless you think it's pointless software.
  11. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    If you own Office stay with it. If you are planning on buying '08, then I think you may want to give Neo a try. I really like it. It works well with all the Word, Excel, and powerpoint files I have to use a work.
  12. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    If you don't have MS Office, then NeoOffice is a great alternative. I use it and I've never found it lacking in anything I need to use. It's definitely worth it. The price is right.

    But if you already have MS Office, there's not much point. It's not much user-friendlier than MS Office, I guess, so unless you're just swearing off Microsoft products or don't want to upgrade to '08/just upgraded and don't like '08, then you might as well stay with what you've got.
  13. GNice macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    I concur...NeoOffice is fine if you don't have MS Office. But if you have MS Office you get nothing special from NeoOffice. BTW, I bought iWork 08...after playing with MS Office 2008 today I think I'm going to make the move. I really liked it...I'm a relatively new switcher and found Word much more intuitive than Pages...but that's probably to be expected. Not suggesting everyone will feel that way, but Word 2008 is pretty nice IMHO.
  14. m1ss1ontomars macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2006
    What? Microsoft isn't doing that. They already admitted that their code for opening the documents had flaws and that's the real reason they disabled opening older formats in Office 2007. In other words, they screwed users because they couldn't code, not because they wanted them to upgrade.

    Also, it wouldn't make any sense to stop supporting older file formats in a newer version of Office to get users of older versions to upgrade. That would encourage them to stay with the current version, afraid that their multitude of documents will become unusable.

    Also NeoOffice Mac is unimpressive compared to Office 2008. Although it's probably about the same as 2004 on Intel Macs, but 2004 is better on PowerPC Macs. NeoOffice's one advantage is its excellent file format support, as mentioned by many other posters--it can indeed read/write just about anything.

    "Ugly and blue" is an interesting way to describe the Office 2007 interface, because the rest of Mac OS X is very similar in color scheme, as is NeoOffice.
  15. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Is the code fixed now?
  16. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I don't know about NeoOffice, but the Mac version of is surprisingly good! That's worth a look if you need free office suite.

    I'm using iWork -- it's no MS Office, but it's sufficient for my home needs. (Well, Keynote is killer, and in ways is ssupreror to PowerPoint).
  17. f1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2007
    If you have Office 2008, don't bother with NeoOffice. Office is definitely more user friendly and probably has a more complete feature set, although I haven't really done a detailed comparison in that aspect. Not to mention NeoOffice is quite sluggish, just stick to Office, you'll be happy.
  18. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    NeoOffice is a native OS X version of based on's code. NeoOffice's releases usually lag a few months behind's since they're reliant on their code, but having a native OS X application is worth it to me. It's a much more "Mac" application.

    Strange. NeoOffice has always been faster than MS Office for me. Especially since the old version of MS Office had to use Rosetta for us Intel users. I know MS Office '08 is supposed to be a Univerasal Binary, but I hear many users saying it runs even slower than the old version. Of course I also hear many say it runs faster, but with my luck, I'll stick to NeoOffice.
  19. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    its free, sure it worth it.

    Since you already have Office, then you probably won't use neooffice very much tho.

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