Office Suite for Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tutubibi, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. tutubibi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    So here is my first post as a Mac user:

    After a long, long wait I finaly switched and I am now a proud owner of iBook G4.
    I used OpenOffice and KOffice on Linux and Windows before. Now that I am using Mac, I am looking for alternative.
    I find MS Office too expensive, OpenOffice X11 for Mac is not there yet in terms of GUI (hopefully native Aqua version will come soon), AppleWorks is couple of years behind in everything. Don't get me wrong, both OO and AW are still usable and installed on my iBook right now, but somehow they don't feel quite right.
    So, is any other alternative available for Mac? Preferably, open source and light in terms of disk and memory footprint.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    You've covered most options except NeoOffice which is a prototype of an Aqua port of OpenOffice. You may give it a try.
  3. tutubibi thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003

    Thanks, I will try NeoOffice later today.

    Also, I found about ThinkFree Office for Mac.
    Anybody has any experience with it?
  4. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Just in case you didn't know TextEdit will open .doc files.
  5. tutubibi thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    Thanks, didn't try that before.

    However, my problem is creating new documents. I create maybe 50 documents (basic text, spreadsheet or presentation) a year. So being such a light user, I try to avoid paying (big) money for Office suite or sacrifice 1/2 GB of disk space for other alternatives.

    I guess it's time to start new open source project: OSX Office Lite. Small, fully functional, native look and feel. Max disk footprint 99 MB. That would be :cool:
  6. AppleStrudle macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2004
    On a very similar note - I'm thinking of replacing my aging home Windows machine with a Mac. I suspect that AppleWorks can satisfy my private needs for wordprocessing etc. but occasionally I have to edit an MS Word document from work. Apple's marketing blurb for AppleWorks claims that it can work with MS WORD files. Does anyone have any experience of using AppleWorks or OpenOffice for this?

  7. tutubibi thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    Both OpenOffice and AppleWorks can open and work with doc files from MS Word. Depending on complexity of the Word document there may be some formatting issues but it's ussualy very minor. I've been using OO for a long time (on Windows and Linux) and never had any major issue.
    Also, file created and saved as "doc" from OO opens perfectly in Word (and it is ussualy half the size compared with same doc saved from Word later).
  8. aptmunich macrumors member

    May 29, 2004
    just here to remind everyone that you/ your kids can buy office for 150$ as an educational version if your a student..

    Having said that i wrote my complete assignment for history last year in a combo of office xp, openoffice for windows and openoffice for linux after several annoying pc/officexp related bugs and that worked fine so you should be ok with oO
  9. tutubibi thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    IMHO, even 150$ is too much for something that should be commodity. It's just overpriced. I would rather spend that 150$ supporting 5 deserving open-source or shareware projects.
  10. hesitaliandad macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2003
    neooffice rules. i use it as my office suite, and i have never had any problems. i like it better than OO. it doesn't seem quite as clunky for some reason. go for that one.
  11. dvdh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2004
    There is also Nisus Writer

    Not a full featured Office solution, but it does handle the word processing side of things well. BTW, their thesaurus is a really nice add-on to OSX . . . works system wide just like apple's spell check.
  12. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I wrote about 2/3 of a book using OpenOffice. I recently gave up on it because of a few things: poor font support (yes I realize there's a way to access your Mac fonts from X11, but I don't have the time/inclination to mess with it), lack of cut and paste support between X11 apps and regular Mac apps, and printing problems with Airport/Rendezvous.

    I just downloaded Neooffice, and I'm happy to report those issues are resolved. The font support still leaves a little to be desired (boldface and italic are not as pretty as they are in native Mac OS), but everything else works great. I think I'm going to switch permanently to NeoOffice. It will be even better once it uses the native Mac interface, but this is a great alternative to Micro$oft!
  13. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    yeah, I've wasted my money on MS Office. And I'm not buying another ;P (considering OfficeX will probably suite my needs until I die).
  14. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Ten years later!

    I'm happy to resurrect this decade-old topic. Many of the more recently-updated topics are duplicates, or go way off-topic (example: Microsoft Office 2014 (2015?), which discusses many other suites but not NeoOffice).

    In March 2014:
    More recently:

    A few years ago, much of my work involved office suites – typically word processing.

    Nowadays I rarely need to edit a document. More often than editing, I find myself printing other people's work – and that's not often.

    Microsoft Office 2011, it's OK I suppose. Problems with lock files (SMB in a Microsoft Windows Server-based environment) occurred so often in the past that I no longer have an interest in diagnosing the causes. Suffice to say, a Microsoft-centric approach is not as reliable as people would like.

    LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice, I enjoy using.

    NeoOffice, I also enjoy using. In the App Store for the United States, priced at $29.99, it's rated as good (four stars).

    (Off-topic for a moment: not long ago, OS X was similarly priced. It's now free but no longer good; it's rated as 'OK' (three stars).)

    If you're familiar with the NeoOffice approach to support over the years, it should be pleasing to note that the dedication, strictness and honesty of the developers does not result in a lower rating for the product. I find it reassuring that customers can 'go with' the strictness in, for example, the support forum.

    Last but not least, KompoZer. It's not part of an office suite but it's a handy and lightweight way of me getting HTML (to paste into the absolute dog of a product that is LANDesk!) …


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