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    Open Office v Neo Office
    Have just downloaded open office for Mac. While browsing, I noticed there is a more mac like office app in Neo office.

    Which of these are better? My needs are pretty simple, just word processing and the occasional spreadsheet.

    Both are free though and Open Office seems very good on first look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoslover View Post
    Have just downloaded open office for Mac. While browsing, I noticed there is a more mac like office app in Neo office.

    Which of these are better? My needs are pretty simple, just word processing and the occasional spreadsheet.

    Both are free though and Open Office seems very good on first look.
    They are both good enough and it depends on what you like.

    My vote goes to Neo office though.
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    Until the Mac version of Open Office comes out and you aren't forced to install X11, my vote goes for NeoOffice as well.

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    I tried and preferred NeoOffice as well, and it doesn't require X11, as Kash mentioned. X11 gave me some problems.

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    Me also - NeoOffice - very impressive program.

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    Another NeoOffice fan.

    I have OpenOffice installed on a Xubuntu laptop and I (and the wife) don't like it as much as NeoOffice on the MBP. But don't get me wrong, OO is pretty good. If I were stuck with it, I'd be happy.

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    Actually OpenOffice 3.0 Beta does not require X11.

    I have used both, and find NeoOffice with a slight edge in usability. OpenOffice 3 Beta crashed for the first time on Saturday as I was working Presentation. NeoOffice has never crashed.

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    personaly i like more open office, i still have it installed but i already got office 08 instead
    i have opened up my eyes to a new world that new world is Mac

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    i LOVE open office.
    having just made the switch....i think open office looks and acts EXACTLY like office 2003

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    Buy iWork instead, tis fantastic.
    If not, NeoOffice all the way.

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    I installed both, neo office seems better at first glance.

    Im looking at iwork also. still undecided.

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    iWork is beyond perfect...beautiful templates and works seemlessly with any version of Word.

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    Id love to buy office 04 if I can find it cheap somewhere.

    I may get iwork 08... taking a trip to apple store sat to look. I think I get a 10% discount from my work on anything in the store.

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    OpenOffice 3.0 RC1 was released two days ago.

    OpenOffice 3.0 RC1

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