Openoffice or Neooffice

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  1. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    Since I do not have the experience of using either I thought I would ask here and ask those that are using these products which one has the most functionality, compared to MS Office? My main use is Word and Excel

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  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    they are essentially the same. before openoffice provide a mac-native version, neooffice might be better since it does not require X11.

    about excel. if you need some advanced plotting, M$ office might be the only choice. If you only need basic calculation, functions, simply plotting, OO, Neo should be enough for you.
     
  3. sellitman macrumors regular

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    I've had both

    I downloaded Open Office first and had to add X11 to make it work.

    I then found Neo Office and downloaded it.

    They are both identical for the most part except neo Office runs on its own. It was made only for Macs. I deleted Open Office and love Neo Office.
     
  4. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    An Alpha test version of OpenOffice with native Aqua support is available. I've not had a chance to try it yet. This is an official port unlike NeoOffice.
     
  5. nemex macrumors regular

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    I like NeoOffice better since you do not require X11 as you would need with OpenOffice.

    NeoOffice is based in OpenOffice 2.2.X, so it's a little behind of the latest release of OpenOffice which currently is 2.3.X

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  6. nemex macrumors regular

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    This is really in the erliest stages of development, its an Alpha version, which is not recommended for production environments. Nevertheless I really hope this doesn't take long to become a final release

    There's another way to test OpenOffice without the X11 enviroment, this has been released recently is a Web based port of the OO suite, you need to create a free account :apple:
     
  7. tersono macrumors 68000

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    The official Aqua OO port, as others have said, isn't ready for prime time yet. OO in X11 works fine, but really the way to go is NeoOffice - I've been using it as my primary office suite both at home and at work since the very early days and other than slow startup times, there's little to criticise.
     
  8. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    I have OpenOffice on my Compaq, OpenOffice with X11 on a Mac, and NeoOffice on a Mac. NeoOffice runs much faster than OpenOffice on the Mac. Since I started using OpenOffice and NeoOffice 1.5 years ago, I have stopped using MSOffice. MSOffice still resides on the hard drives of my computers just in case I need them, but that is rare.
     
  9. no-direction macrumors member

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    I skipped by OpenOffice for the reason that I didn't want the hassle of installing X11 and went straight for NeoOffice.

    I've found NeoOffice to be fine for what I use it for. I use Pages and Keynote from iWork in preference to NeoOffice Writer and Presentation.

    I haven't found the included Spreadsheet functionality to be lacking, although compared to Excel certain features that some users require essential (e.g. VisualBasic) aren't included and that can be an issue - having said that I'm fairly sure MS has removed VisualBasic functionality from the up-coming Excel 2008!
     
  10. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    I have been reading reviews about iWork, and they are impressive. If I did not have so many years of using VisiCalc, ClarisWorks, AppleWorks and Excel, I would probably buy iWork.
     

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