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To download NeoOffice from the Apple Mac App Store, a $29.99 purchase is required.

NeoOffice is a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the OpenOffice.org office suite, NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office.

Released as open-source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is more...

What's New

Version 2014.1:
  • This version of NeoOffice adds automatic grammar checking. When you spellcheck a document in Writer, NeoOffice now automatically does grammar checking using the OS X grammar checker.
  • NeoOffice is now a 64 bit application. Most NeoOffice 2013.5 users should not notice any changes in this version. However, the small number of users that use third-party ODBC drivers and more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Dellsuxx Member IconReview+32
Dellsuxx
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Been using NeoOffice for about 3 years without a hitch until It stared acting buggy a few months ago. Low and behold they come out with an iStore 64Bit Only version last week for $30 bucks that fixes those darn slow bugs but at a price. Still would have rated Neooffice 5 Stars Instead of 4 If they Hadn't chosen to the road to greed but ever since Apple ruined It's own Office suite in Its last updates I do consider NeoOffice a bargain at $30.00 dollars for software that's reliable and easier to use than Apples crap!

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Version 2014.1
GeorgiaM9886
+1

NeoOffice 3.4.1 works fine for me. Maybe you should download the latest patch? From the developers' tweets on @neooffice, they seem to be including the same bug fixes in the NeoOffice 3.4.1 patches as in the Mac App Store versions. They even included the new grammar checking feature in Patch 6 earlier this week.

Dellsuxx
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Thanks for the sound advice GeorgiaM9886 but I panicked and switched to the Apple store version. I'm glad to read the semi free $10.00 donation version has been fixed and that they didn't just sell out. I'm glad I was wrong.
There should be some way of editing reviews like mine on MacUpdate. I find It very frustrating that I can't. I don't want other users to think I'm dishonest. ARE YOU LISTENING MACUPDATE? PLEASE FIX THIS SO I MAY GIVE NEOOFFICE THE 5 STARS IT DESERVES!

Pnn314 Member IconReview+24
Pnn314
+1

Good application for daily use

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Version 2014.1
Tvalleau Member IconComment+104
Tvalleau
+1

Not fair to call this a review, since it's so shallow, but I can say this: I have a Excel spreadsheet I did with Office 2011. NeoOffice is the only one of the "free office" packages that read it correctly, and without messing up the data.

(Office 2011 has required me to spend a total of several hours on the phone with support because it is forever forgetting it's registered, and tells me I'm out of activations. In fact 48 hours ago, I spent 20 minutes getting it "re-registered" and again this morning, it refused to run once again. Microsoft Office is absolutely NOT ready for prime time. So I'm not even bothering any more. I just deleted it, switched to NeoOffice, and am moving on with my life... swearing I'll never buy another Microsoft product again...)

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Version 2014.1
Umaromc Member IconComment+722
Umaromc
+1

Under GPL this can't only be charged for. Planamesa does provide a link to download the Free Edition; http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/mirrors.php?file=NeoOffice-2014_Free_Edition-Intel.dmg

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Version 2014
Sgginc
+3

NeoOffice 2014 Free Edition has the same features as NeoOffice in Apple's Mac App Store.
The only difference is that NeoOffice 2014 Free Edition cannot save documents.

Umaromc
+2

Thanks for the reply. I downloaded and hadn't installed the Free edition. That's quite saddening to read. I think I may be going with free Google options. I donated before but I don't like having the choice removed.

Thanks again.

Jofallon
+3

If I go to the website, there are now no downloads available for 10.9. If I need to reinstall the 32 bit version, I can't. Only the Mac App Store version is available (64 bit).
If the free version doesn't save, it's a crippled demo. No doubt the lawyers have verified this is all fine under version 2 of the GPL. I've donated several times. The next donation will be to LibreOffice.

GeorgiaM9886
+1

Looks like the NeoOffice site already discusses charging for open source software:
http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/faq.php#payments

Also, their download page has a NeoOffice 3.4.1 link for OS X 10.6 - 10.9 for past donors. My PayPal e-mail worked OK:
http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/download.php#download

jipeca Member IconComment+1
jipeca
+0

Since 3.4.1 Patch 2
NeoOffice writer has become extremely slow during backups... Much slower than ApacheOpenOffice or LibrOffice ... This is very annoying and it slows down tremendously work.
To the point that I work with OOo 4.0.1 now.
I really look forward to a new patch that "set the record straight at the time."

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Version 3.4.1 Patch 2
GeorgiaM9886
+1

I see you posted 3 times, but I'm using the latest NeoOffice patch without experiencing any slowness.

Can you give me any hints as to where this is happening? Luckily I haven't seen any problems myself.

jipeca Member IconReview+1
jipeca
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Since 3.4.1 Patch 2
NeoOffice writer has become extremely slow during backups... Much slower than ApacheOpenOffice or LibrOffice ... This is very annoying and it slows down tremendously work.
To the point that I work with OOo 4.0.1 now.
I really look forward to a new patch that "set the record straight at the time."

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Version 3.4.1 Patch 2
jipeca Member IconReview+1
jipeca
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Since 3.4.1 Patch 2
NeoOffice writer has become extremely slow during backups... Much slower than ApacheOpenOffice or LibrOffice ... This is very annoying and it slows down tremendously work.
To the point that I work with OOo 4.0.1 now.
I really look forward to a new patch that "set the record straight at the time."

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Version 3.4.1 Patch 2
jipeca Member IconComment+1
jipeca
+1

Since 3.4.1 Patch 2
NeoOffice writer has become extremely slow during backups... Much slower than ApacheOpenOffice or LibrOffice ... This is very annoying and it slows down tremendously work.
To the point that I work with OOo 4.0.1 now.
I really look forward to a new patch that "set the record straight at the time."

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Version 3.4.1 Patch 2
DirkM Member IconReview+3
DirkM
+2

I've been using NeoOffice since it's early days (and my early days on MacOSX) :).

OpenOffice 2.x was often very slow and didn't seem to integerate into MacOSX very well.

I really liked NeoOffice, the much better interface, sometime/usually faster, the more Mac-like-feel and integration.

3 years ago, after NeoOffice wanted to get payed for the newest version, i gave LibreOffice (and OpenOffice) a new chance to impress me and i was amazed about the developement on this Office Suite.

First version 3 looked much better and worked like a dream, not a nightmare like before...

No costs, a much better interface than before (compared to old OpenOffice 2), much better perfomance and stability.

For LibreOffice, i can say, they've done their job, to bring an Open Source Office back to Mac.

What brings me to leave NeoOffice where it is today?

The version of OpenOffice, that the developer of NeoOffice used to make their "Mac-costomisation" was old (version 2). Even in their latest version there are bugs, that came out of OpenOffice 2.

They never updated to the latest version (3 and 4) of OpenOffice/LibreOffice, therefore missed features and security updates, import/export-filters and seem to be more interested in selling the old NeoOffice, that they made years ago.

They costomized OpenOffice and now don't find the way back to actual developement in these projects.

Take a look at the development history of NeoOffice and you will see, that there isn't much. OpenOffice/LibreOffice had 2 major versions and hundreds of updates in the same time.

Should i really pay for that? No, i do not.


I can't (after my comparison with LibreOffice and 3 years working with LO and NeoOffice in parallel) recommend NeoOffice anymore, even if i was a big fan of it years ago...

Cheers, Dirk

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Version 3.4.1 Patch 1
Uncle Asad
+4

There are some outright factual errors in the parent review, as well as some points on which people may have legitimate differences of opinion. I feel it is important to respond to the factual errors as well as offer a counterargument to points on which we differ.

First of all, NeoOffice 3.4.1 is based on OpenOffice.org version 3, not the much older version 2 as the parent review claims (specifically, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 plus the go-ooo patchset, which would have been the equivalent of LibreOffice 3.1.1 had the LibreOffice fork been complete at that point in time).

Yes, this is not the most current version of LibreOffice (which is on version 4), but these programs, like other office suites, are mature products, as is the environment ("office document production") for which they are designed. By their very nature, mature products often appear to change little or to have less or slower development. Further, just because developers release many new updates or increase the version number over a period of time does not necessarily mean they are adding revolutionary new features or critical fixes.

The NeoOffice developers continually listen to NeoOffice users' requests for new features and development priorities, and the vast majority of these requests are for further and better integration of NeoOffice with Mac OS X, not for any feature X or Y that may have been added in subsequent LibreOffice releases. The Features page ( http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/features.php ) on the NeoOffice website details many of the Mac-specific features that the developers have added at the request of NeoOffice users and which are not currently found in Apache OpenOffice or LibreOffice; almost all of these are features added in the past year or two. In that same period, the developers also created a version of NeoOffice that is available from the Mac App Store and complies with all of Apple's sandboxing (security) rules, which is not true of other OpenOffice.org derivatives.

That said, NeoOffice developers have previously backported improved Microsoft Office import filter code from then-current versions of LibreOffice and have incorporated security fixes where applicable (most of the security issues in OpenOffice.org and derivatives arose from their use of a custom memory allocator, to which NeoOffice is not vulnerable because it uses Apple's more robust and well-tested memory allocator). NeoOffice binaries are of course signed and compatible with Apple's Gatekeeper security system.

NeoOffice developers also have spent a significant amount of time improving the performance ("speed") of various tasks, as well as quickly resolving any crashing or hanging bugs that users uncover. These three things—focus on Mac users and Mac features, stability, and performance—have been the guiding principles of the NeoOffice for more than a decade of development now.

It's one thing to say that NeoOffice is not using the latest and greatest LibreOffice version, but it's another thing to claim that there hasn't been very much NeoOffice development since NeoOffice 2 as the parent review does. There has been a mountain of development; it just hasn't been in the one specific area ("keep up with the latest LibreOffice version") in which the reviewer seems to be most interested. It's fine to have different priorities and to make different choices based on those priorities, but please don't try to mislead others by claiming that NeoOffice is old, stagnant, and hasn't seen much development since 2009! Thanks :-)

Jimw
+2

I am of the belief that given the current state of LibreOffice there is no longer a real need for a Mac only similar product that has the root of the same codebase - Open Office. Besides LibreOffice offers seamless cross platform capability to its latest versions which I have been lead to believe that NeoOffice does not.

Finally, a required donation is not a donation. It is the selling price of the program from the developers site with the donation being anything beyond the basic price of the product. To claim it can be downloaded for free via torrents does not mean it is free. It only means that the developer has chosen to ignore piracy. If the statement that the product is free when downloaded from torrents, then the same could be said for downloading Microsoft Office, Photoshop, or any other commercial program available for free via Torrents.

Please understand I do not object to the price or that the product is being sold. What I do object to is calling the fee a donation when it is not, unless the developer contributes the entire fee to some registered non-profit or charity, or can demonstrate that the developer is a registered non-profit or charity with the IRS.

Imho
+1

A friend told me to change to LibreOffice and I did. But I tried to open in LO several spreadsheets with passwords – and LibreOffice refused to open these. I had to return immediately to NeoOffice ...

Jimw
+1

RE:To IMHO:: From my perspective, while starting from the same root, i.e. Open Office, this just proves that NeoOffice has taken a different direction and is no longer compatible with real open source programs and as such cannot be used cross platform without conversion to some intermediate format such as txt, xml, or some other compatible format. File conversions such as these usually result in some loss of formatting. I rest my case.

DirkM
+1

Hello and thanks for your replies...

@Uncle Asad:

You're right, NeoOffice since 3.1.1 is a "spin-off" of OpenOffice 3.1.1. Sorry and thanks for the correction.

But is that the question? It is also miles away from the development of OpenOffice and (the more active) LibreOffice today.

Even if the NeoOffice team back ported some things like import filters, stability and security fixes: Why should i use and old version of a Open Source software, that is now - like Imho and JimW said - partly incompatible with the Office Suites that it came from? And pay for that?

I took the hard way and converted my documents to LibreOffice and now can use them on the Mac, on Windows and Linux without problems. Its nearly impossible to work together on different platforms with NeoOffice and OO/LO mixed.

Sure, years ago NeoOffice was better than OO/LO. But today?

There are many Mac/Windows/Linux-specific developments in LibreOffice, not to forget the much better import of MS Office document, new import filters for images and text (Abiword/MS Publisher), the reduction of Java code in the project, the use of OpenCL in Calc, much better PDF and RTF import/export filters, a whole bunch of new features and extensions since OpenOffice 3.1.1/NeoOffice.

After all, my result is the same: I can't recommend NeoOffice anymore.

Your make yourself depend on a (even if it's Open Source) commercially sold NeoOffice without having a real advantages compared to OO/LO. So, why then use it?


For a developer like me, there is only one single reason why i have to pay for NeoOffice: You can't easily compile it yourself... it's nearly impossible to get it working on a modern computer with modern compilers...

From the Planamesa homepage:
"Building NeoOffice 3.4.1 on Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is not feasible and the build will eventually fail. Numerous pieces of NeoOffice's underlying OpenOffice source code would need to be rewritten in order for NeoOffice to compile on Mac OS X 10.7 or higher so we compile NeoOffice on the oldest Mac OS X version that NeoOffice can run on and use dynamic loading for APIs and features on newer Mac OS X versions."

It uses Xcode 3.2, which is about 4-5 old, like NeoOffice.

Instead, from the LibreOffice homepage:
"This page describe how to set up a build environment for LibreOffice on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Mac is the easiest platform to start compiling LibreOffice, as you don't need to get tons of stuff. "

It uses Xcode 4.6 to 5.1, the latest development tools Apple has to offer.

Do i have to say more?


@JimW:

You can download the patches via Torrent, but not the main application. I don't even know, if it is legal to get the patches by Torrent, but i'm sure, you're not allowed to get NeoOffice that way...

And you're right, "there is no longer a real need for a Mac only similar product that has the root of the same codebase".

Valdimar Thor H Member IconReview+15
Valdimar Thor H
+1

Prefer more Mac alike interface and features of NeoOffice than OO/LO have to offer. 10 USD is a small price for better looking working environment.

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Version 3.4.1
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Igaucho
Version 2014.1
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GeorgiaM9886
Version 3.4.1 Patch 2
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Leonledragon
Version 3.4.1
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Pawel68
Version 3.4.1
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Georg-74
Version 3.4.1
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Widber
Version 3.3 Patch 8
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VitaliySopko6177
Version 3.3 Patch 8
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AlWafi999
Version 3.3 Patch 5
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Michael Reynolds
Version 3.3
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Widber
Version 3.3
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Downloads 574,696
Version Downloads 178
License Commercial
Date 17 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $29.99