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NeoOffice 3.4.1 Patch 2
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To download NeoOffice from the developer's site, a minimum donation of $10 is required. The developer also mentions that users may download NeoOffice for free via torrents.

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
What's New
Version 3.4.1 Patch 2:
  • NeoOffice no longer sets the document name to "Untitled" in the document window's titlebar during autosaving.
  • Fixed an issue where NeoOffice would sometimes display an error dialog after saving when the user moved or renamed the document while it was open.
  • NeoOffice will no longer insert an empty line or row after each line or row of data when pasting text that has Windows style line breaks.
Version 3.4.1 Patch 2:
  • NeoOffice no longer sets the document name to "Untitled" in the document window's titlebar during autosaving.
  • Fixed an issue where NeoOffice would sometimes display an error dialog after saving when the user moved or renamed the document while it was open.
  • NeoOffice will no longer insert an empty line or row after each line or row of data when more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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DirkM reviewed on 31 Mar 2014
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
[Version 3.4.1 Patch 1]

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Uncle Asad replied on 02 Apr 2014
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 :-)
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Jimw replied on 16 Apr 2014
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.
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Imho replied on 16 Apr 2014
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 ...
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Jimw replied on 16 Apr 2014
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.
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Valdimar Thor H reviewed on 30 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 3.4.1]


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SpiessensMark reviewed on 30 Dec 2013
I always loved using NeoOffice.
Apple now gives Pages and Numbers for free so it is now obsolete for me.
[Version 3.4.1]


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Negritude commented on 27 Sep 2013
Easiest way to download for free is from here:

http://mac.filehorse.com/download-neooffice/

Be sure to verify MD5 checksums using:

http://neowiki.neooffice.org/index.php/NeoOffice_MD5_Checksums

And yes, this is allowed by the license:

http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/faq.php#copy
[Version 3.3 Patch 10]

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Markusbern replied on 03 Nov 2013
Thanks for the link. Gives an opportunity to test. I will pay, if I use it.
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Mikael B reviewed on 20 Sep 2013
Patch 9 is faster than Patch 4 I ran before. I find NeoOffice much more useful than the regular OpenOffice distribution. Of course I'd prefer even easier data exchanges and autoformatting when importing skv-files and other data files, but it's always fast and easy to solve this type of problems with NeoOffice, unlike with OpenOffice.

I use the Spreadsheet function a lot as well as writing business letters and playing back Powerpoint projects that I occasionally get.

It's worth paying for or building yourself. Just to rid my life and my disk from Office makes it worth the price. It's also nice to be able to tell all the people pesting me for pirated copies of Office to download NeoOffice or OpenOfice (if they're on Win) instead of whining.
[Version 3.3 Patch 9]


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bbw7 commented on 05 Sep 2013
Not going to recommend any particular sites for NeoO-3.3 patch 9, but just google 'NeoOffice-3.3-Patch-9-Intel' and let your fingers do the walking. Do be sure to find the md5 hash for your download and compare it to that of the NeoOffice wiki site:

http://neowiki.neooffice.org/index.php?title=NeoOffice_MD5_Checksums&redirect=no
[Version 3.3 Patch 9]


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Iliketrash commented on 30 Jul 2013
Compared to LibreOffice, NeoOffice lacks the ability to export to TeX. I wonder if this is an add-on that is available.

On another note, as hard as these guys have worked to make NeoOffice a good Mac citizen, it is curious that they have not made Command-W work as expected, that is, to close the window with focus. Instead, it either does nothing or attempts to close the document window, e.g. when the Find & Replace window is in front.
[Version 3.3 Patch 7]

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Iliketrash replied on 20 Aug 2013
Ah—the extension to export to TeX (LaTeX) is called Writer2LaTeX. I tried it on a simple document and it worked fine. When I tried to import the .tex to LyX there was a complaint which was resolved by removing a conflicting reference to babel—both Writer2LaTeX and LyX inserted their own babel references.
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 02 Jun 2013
http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/8530127/NeoOffice-3.3-Patch-7-Intel

Patch 7 link above.

I verified the checksums and they match.

Because of other users trolling and flaming over the checksum results from patch 6, please always check for yourself if you are concerned. Don't just blindly follow advice that is posted. Check for yourself.

You can find the checksums posted on the NeoOffice Web site.
DO NOT rely on wikis or other sources, go to NeoOffice to avoid misinformation. (I posed the link in a previous post.)

If someone did read a bad number on a 3rd party Web site, they should have checked with NeoOffice at the link I posted before flaming and trolling. I was just trying to be helpful and there was no call for it. My post didn't blame anyone, I just politely posted the results I got and the links to confirm it.

It is very easy to check your downloaded file;
1) open terminal
2) type md5[space]
3) drag & drop the DMG file to the terminal window
4) click on the terminal window and press [enter]

Your checksum will be displayed in the terminal window. Just compare that to the checksum from the NeoOffice Web site.

I hope that helps people that were confused from all the misinformation and may have been gun-shy applying the patch.

Please always be courteous and helpful when posting. Macupdate is a great site, and is not a place for name calling, trolling, and flaming.

NeoOffice-3.3-Patch-7-Intel.dmg fccd8bbea34d8b72531adc3100ef1bda
[Version 3.3 Patch 7]

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Negritude replied on 02 Jun 2013
No one was looking at third-party web sites for MD5 information. That would defeat the whole purpose, since a third-party website could never be trusted. The mistaken information came directly from the NeoOffice web site.

As I already stated, the NeoOffice folks eventually corrected *their* mistake. At some point, and for some unexplained reason, they had in fact posted a checksum that was missing a character. "Em Adespoton" confirmed that.

I asked you if we could move on, but now you're the one who is being unfairly disparaging and discourteous to both me and Em Adespoton.
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Follerec replied on 03 Jun 2013
Dude, relax. It's software. It's not even great software, just an office suite. It's for typing and printing. It's not the end of the world.
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 03 Jun 2013
@ Negritude
Nope, I did move on and just posted how to verify for people that were scared off because of all of the posts.
I am not upset at all with the mistake you made, what was uncalled for was immediately calling names for no reason.
I never saw a missing number when I posted the link in my message, and I never said anything bad, I just described that it matched, and you didn't even go to the link and see that it was right and immediately started childish name calling.
Please think before you post. There is no reason to flame on this website. We should be constructive.
IDK, maybe you are a young kid, but hopefully you will understand what I said.
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Negritude commented on 12 May 2013
WARNING:

@bbw7 pointed to a copy of Patch 6 that lives on a host called FileHorse. I downloaded that file and checked the MD5 checksums, and they do NOT match! I repeat, they do NOT match!

Actual:
a06cef7e99a99d2bbe28407e0ec412f

FileHorse file:
a06cef7e99a99d2bbe28407e0ec412f2

Notice the "2" at the end of the FileHorse download?

Do NOT under any circumstances install the copy of Patch 6 that is on FileHorse!

@bbw7, I think you messed up and did not do a proper comparison of the checksums. I would immediately do a virus/malware scan of your computer, then delete NeoOffice and re-install it again, this time making absolutely sure that for any copies you download from third-party sites, the MD5 checksums match.
[Version 3.3 Patch 6]

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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 12 May 2013
You must have missed something. The checksum does have the "2" on the end.
http://neowiki.neooffice.org/index.php?title=NeoOffice_MD5_Checksums&redirect=no
They match just fine.
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Negritude replied on 13 May 2013
@Mac Os X 4ever

You must be a troll or blind.
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Em Adespoton replied on 13 May 2013
Actually, the MD5 on the NeoOffice page is incorrect; MD5sums ALWAYS have 32 characters, and it would be incredibly difficult to generate a sum for a "look-alike" file that just happens to have the same first 31 characters AND be functional.
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Negritude replied on 01 Jun 2013
@Em Adespoton

You're right, and it looks like they fixed it.
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 01 Jun 2013
@Negritude
What an idiot.
I just posted what I saw, there was not reason to be an a$$ about it.
Who's the blind troll now?
Get a life.
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Negritude replied on 01 Jun 2013
@Mac Os X 4ever

By pointing out that the MD5 on the web site was short a necessary character (31 instead of 32 characters), @Em Adespoton confirmed that he saw what I saw, which was that the MD5 on the web site did not have a "2" at the end.

Assuming that you did see something different from what I and @Em Adespoton saw, that doesn't speak too highly of whoever is editing that wiki.

I'm sorry if you took offense at my comment, but I don't play around when it comes to security, and your negative rating didn't give me much confidence in your statement.

Let's both go back to focusing on how we can obtain NeoOffice and it's patches, freely and safely. OK?
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bbw7 replied on 01 Jun 2013
@Negitrude,

Thank you for the warning, and for the reply to my question below regarding updates files being cumulative.

I haven't yet installed that update, as I was waiting for an answer to my question before doing so.

As to the checksum matter, I THOUGHT they were the same when I checked for the file I found and pointed to; I certainly would have noticed if the last digit in the two checksums didn't correlate.
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Gregm reviewed on 24 Apr 2013
Patch 6 is out. I have a daily spreadsheet that still displays all May Wednesday dates as ###.

No one that can post to their help community mentions anything like it --- which probably means the developer is unaware of the problem.

LibreOffice handles the same sheet just fine. Where to place my developer shareware/donation support ------Hmmmmm --choices, choices, choices.
[Version 3.3 Patch 5]

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Chrisaz replied on 24 Apr 2013
I don't mean to sound trite, but are you sure your date column is wide enough to display "Wednesday"?
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Gregm replied on 24 Apr 2013
@Chrisaz: Thanks for the brainstorming idea.
Full year spreadsheet --- *only* May has the problem -- and only with NeoOffice.
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Follerec replied on 24 Apr 2013
If you have Patch 6 as quickly as it was released, then you are a donor. Then you should be able to post to their forums to let the developers know about it.

And if not, then you're using someone else's account to gain access to the Patches.
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Gregm replied on 24 Apr 2013
@Follerec: The donor thing is staged and calendar limited to year-to-date. $10 gets you the right to download from them. $25 lets you beta test/comment on beta only. $100 gets the the right to post/ ask for help. All others can only read.

I have been bitten by the calendar thing and can *only* direct download for a few more months.
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Follerec replied on 24 Apr 2013
@Gregm I stand corrected and I respectfully apologize for any insinuation.
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Follerec replied on 24 Apr 2013
Perhaps MacUpdate should include this "donation" situation more clearly. Then people would know that the $10 doesn't get you anything really.
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Mikael B had trouble on 11 Oct 2013
Quite often I get "Write error. The file could not be written". There seem to be no issue with the permissions and if I cut out the changes and close and reopen the file and paste in the changes, the file can be written again.

This remains in patch 9. Any ideas beyond an app bug?
[Version 3.3 Patch 10]


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Broadslade had trouble on 09 Oct 2010
I tried to open/download an attachment in an email which was a ppsx and nothing happened. I googled ppsx and got a website telling me I needed NeoOffice. I paid a subscription of $10 (it is only for one email) and downloaded it and still nothing happened. Any ideas?
[Version 3.1.2]


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Anton52 had trouble on 25 Sep 2010
3.1.2 won't install on my iMac Flat 800 MHz running 10.4.11
with the message "One or more BSD commands were not found on this machine."
Presently I have 3.1.1 patch 0 installed. No errors occurred during the previous install. Also BSD is part of 10.4.
Any suggestions anyone?
[Version 3.1.2]

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Negritude replied on 09 Oct 2010
The answer is in one of these threads:

http://trinity.neooffice.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=16319

http://trinity.neooffice.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=16039
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Anton52 commented on 09 Oct 2010
I followed both links but all of th ebsd commands are available and are callable from the correct locations. How can I get an error log so that I can figure out which bsd command is causing the problem?
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Doug Engelbart had trouble on 24 Jul 2010
Why is this called a "patch" only? Where is the application then? Why is this not described clearly in the description?
[Version 3.1.1 Patch 1]

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I(pod)mac commented on 10 Aug 2010
you can download the application from here:
http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/maindownload.php
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Doug Engelbart commented on 10 Aug 2010
Thank you. And do I need Patch1, too, or is Patch1 included in Patch2?
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I(pod)mac commented on 11 Aug 2010
the latest patch includes the previous one.
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Imho had trouble on 07 Dec 2009
On November 22 I already installed a Patch 1 for NeoOffice 3.0.1 on my Intel MacBook? Is this a different Patch with the same number?
[Version 3.0.1 Patch 1]

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Exegete77 replied on 04 Jan 2010
Each Patch number includes changes since the last Patch. So, if you have Patch 1, then you need Patch 2, or as of now (01/04/2010), Patch 3.
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Imho replied on 04 Jan 2010
I know this. But my question was if the last release with number Patch 3 was the same as the Patch 3 I downloaded earlier, in november 2009.
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JazzAddict had trouble on 06 Sep 2009
Can't use the app. When I start typing it hangs and I get a popup saying it can't contact the Spell Checker. Not sure what's up. I have the latest build running on 10.5 on my PPC. I disable my firewall and little snitch but to no avail. Any ideas what's causing this behavior. Thanks. :-)
[Version 3.0 patch 7]


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order2 had trouble on 27 May 2008
After upgrading to N.O. patch 4, all my NeoOffice documents containing the Helvetica font (I use a Helvetica postscript font stored in the system font folder for my prepress work) were displayed and printed incorrectly, looking more like chinese or whatever, thus being unusable. All other fonts seemed to work. Swapping the Helvetica postscript with the default truetype dfont didn't seem to help. But, after reverting back to NeoOffice patch 3 version from a backup hd, documents containing Helvetica displayed and printed correctly again. So, use with care.
[Version 2.2.3 patch 4]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 27 May 2008
It would be nice if you would report this to the developer(s):

http://bugzilla.neooffice.org/
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Bonbons replied on 28 Sep 2008
thank you for the info, ORDER2
thank you for the solution, SCOTTDB
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Asterax had trouble on 16 Apr 2007
I installed NeoOffice on a 500Mhz iMac running 10.4. I installed the PPC version of NeoOffice.

When I click to start NeoOffice, it bounces in the dock for a while then stops. When I right click on it, it says "Application Not Responding."

Any idea why the app is not starting up properly?
[Version 2.1]


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Fernando_Johann had trouble on 10 Dec 2006
When I'm in spreadsheet mode, and I try to insert a chart using the button at the toolbar it does just nothing.
However, if I go to the actual menu it works just fine.
It is a minnor detail, other than that it works perfectly.
Great Ap!
[Version 2.0b3]


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CA had trouble on 09 Dec 2006
Can't install NeoOffice :(
The installer says it can't find a NeoOffice 2.0 Beta 3 installation.
Huh?
[Version 2.0b3]



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[Version 3.4.1]



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[Version 3.4.1]



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[Version 3.4.1]



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Widber rated on 05 Aug 2013

[Version 3.3 Patch 8]



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[Version 3.3 Patch 5]



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[Version 3.3]



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[Version 3.3]



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Widber rated on 31 Oct 2012

[Version 3.3]


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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.

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