Tips on speeding up NeoOffice?

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  1. TheLordsServant macrumors member

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    I took everyone's suggestions and downloaded NeoOffice instead of using TextEdit. Since my entire document was in TextEdit, I just decided to copy and paste all the text into NeoOffice. Little did I realize that my book I'm writing has grown to 98 PAGES! Obviously, as soon as it got the document imported, the entire thing froze up. I haven't been able to get it to work well at all. I'm using a Powerbook G4 1.67ghz 1GB RAM, Radeon 9700. I can't believe that such a computer can't handle simple word processing tasks, and I'm convinced that it's a software issue.


    I'm running Mac OSX Leopard 10.5.6 with all latest updates.
     
  2. bigandy macrumors G3

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    How about opening it in NeoOffice instead of copying and pasting?

    Also, I find OpenOffice Aqua somewhat better than NeoOffice now.

    http://www.openoffice.org/
     
  3. TheLordsServant thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried opening it in NeoOffice. Still no change. When I type, it takes about ten seconds for the characters to appear on screen. I'll try Aqua, I've never heard of it.
     
  4. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    EDIT: too slow
     
  5. tersono macrumors 68000

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    I agree - was a long time proponent of NeoOffice, but the native version of OpenOffice (on which Neo is based) is, these days, the better application.
     
  6. TheLordsServant thread starter macrumors member

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    I downloaded OpenOffice Aqua. It doesn't appear to be any better, in fact, it's worse. Even with a brand new document, it can't keep up with typing, and scrolling takes around 10 seconds or more. Is my Powerbook really this slow?
     
  7. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Have you tried iWork (even the 30 day trial)?
     
  8. TheLordsServant thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried the iWork '05 30 day trial that came with my Powerbook. Works smoothly and quickly, no trouble at all. I opened up Activity Monitor to see what my RAM looked like, and though the RAM was fine, as soon as I open OpenOffice OR NeoOffice, my CPU usage pegs out at 100% until I close that program, then it drops down to 7-8% as normal. Does this mean I need to shell out for iWork?
     
  9. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Sadly, that sounds like the best bet. Unless someone else has any ideas.
     
  10. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    Doesn't sound right . . .

    What was in your original TextEdit file - how many pages? I have used
    NeoOffice for years (moving files back and forth between home and office)
    without any difficulty - and some files were in the 50-page range. But I
    never saw any slowdown.

    Is it worth you sending me the file by e-mail, and let me try it on my
    "older" G5 iMac?

    Mugwumper

    PS - I've also got Office 2008 and iWork, so I could try it on those as well.
    And I have an older version of OpenOffice - can't use the new one since
    I don't have an Intel Mac . . . :^(
     
  11. sclough macrumors regular

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    I use OpenOffice Aqua on my MBP and it's definitely acceptable. My guess is that OpenOffice Aqua is more engineered for Intel machines and perhaps the problem is due to a poor PPC version. I'm just guessing though.

    FYI, for writing, I've found Scrivener to be invaluable. I've got three books going in it right now and, while I still use OO for word processing, Scrivener is invaluable for putting together a book. There's a free demo that last a while.

    http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html
     
  12. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    Why wasn't TextEdit working for you? If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    I'm afraid I don't know the history to your request, but Bean is an alternative if you don't need a full officer suite;

    http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html

    Can't say I have used it personally, but I know it is used/recommended by quite a few people.
     

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