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Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by jozepc, May 3, 2005.
anyone here tried using open office in mac os x? is it good as advertised?
Its "as good as advertised" however, I'd like to recommend that you run NeoOffice instead of OpenOffice.org since it does not require X11 to run and based on my experience (I had experience using both), NeoOffice is kinder to the eyes since it uses the Mac's native Aqua menus and interface.
NeoOffice can be found here.
[Edited on 5-3-2005 by berniej]
Yes! It's as good as advertised and better still!
We've installed both the PC and Mac versions on dozens of computers.
For a comparison of OpenOffice for OSX and NeoOficeJ go here:
There are also numerous discussions on OpenOffice and its derivatives in this forum.
Both are great. Although I use openoffice more.
you mean that NeoOffice can run even using os 9.1?
Unfortunately, it can't.
However, Corel has freeware'd the legendary WordPerfect Word Processor for Classic Mac OS.
It is available here:
There is also a whole bunch of freeware available for Mac OS Classic
Netscape 6.2.3 and 7.02
Outlook Express 5.0.6
Internet Explorer 5.1.7
Strata videoshop 3.0
Apple's iMovie 2.0.3
Apple's iTunes 2.0.4
I use OpenOffice 100% of the time. (um, maybe because I work for Sun Microsystems?) hehehe... It works as advertised, but it doesn't have the same level of performance as StarOffice. Unfortunately, there is no StarOffice version available for the Macintosh, which is why I have to use OpenOffice.
OpenOffice also will not have a native Aqua feel -- not even in the future. If you wish to have a Mac Aqua look, get NeoOffice/J. I personally haven't tried it, but after reading this thread, I just remembered to check it out.
If I shift to either neoffice or open office, what compatibility and conversion issues will I have to deal with? All my files are presently in MS Office, and of course, most everyone else's files are in MS Office. Will this be an issue?
BTW, thanks to everyone for the heads up open office and neoffice as alternatives to MS office. Thank god, for something other than microsoft.
To get the "best" openoffice/neooffice experience, convert all your MS documents to their format and don't look back. Problems are often encountered when converting MS files to OOO/NeoO, editing them and then converting them back.
I've been an OpenOffice-only person for the past 1.5 years and I can say that so far, I'm surviving. If I have to exhchange documents with MS-users, I sumply save my documents in .RTF and my spreadsheets into .CSV and we're good to go! (although I can't export my formulas to Excel using .CSV)
can't appleworks do what these two apps do?
or am i making the issue very simplistic?
hmm... :uh-oh: I guess I'm a little scared, but maybe I'll try out neoOffice and see how it feels. Thanks
OpenOffice.org v.2.0 Released!
Great news! OpenOffice.org v.2.0 for the Mac is available! You can get it here!
I was using NeoOffice/J v.1.1 ever since it got released. However, my only complaint is it's slow performance on my 867Mhz PB with 640MB RAM. However, when I downloaded and used the new OpenOffice.org 2.0, the performance was great! To me it's like twice the speed compared to NeoOffice/J! However, do remember that with OpenOffice.org, you'll still need to use X11.
Note that OpenOffice.org 2.0 now supports the new document standard called OpenDocument. I've converted all my important documents to OpenDocument so that I can open it using any platform I use -- Mac, Windows, Linux, Unix.
Get it and enjoy!
Do I need to install first X11 before installing OpenOffice?
I've been using NeoOffice 1.2 alpha and OpenOffice 2.0 rc3 mac x11 for the past couple of weeks since I got my iBook. All my previous PC files were in WordPerfect and I needed something that could convert them all. I have a couple of files (real big ones, as in 1mb) that could not be retrieved in either, but everything else was converted perfectly. Neither could convert my Quattro Pro files, so I'll just have to convert them first to WinExcel, then on to Open/Neo Office.
OpenOffice 2.0 for mac x11 is rather ugly compared to NeoOffice. On the other hand, OpenOffice 2.0 can save to the "open document format", touted as the coming "standard" file format that has been a thorn in the side of Microsoft these past few months. NeoOffice 1.2 can only read, but not write in this format because it is based on an earlier version of OpenOffice 1.1.4.
I haven't made a decision yet which to do most of my work on, so I have both on my iBook. But I am quite sure that I won't be needing MS Office in the forseeable future.
Yep, very good program. We use it on all our pcs, windows, mac and ubuntu linux. We never had a problem since we loaded the stuff on our machines. I tried looking for MS office, but its too expensive for our office so I decided on going for OOo.
thanks guys... so OpenOffice 2.0 for mac is better than neoOffice now? since, im an opensource believer, i tend not to use microsoft's nowadays.. if i got a choice thanks