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All User Reviews

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  • 2.0 stars

    "No go without PayPal account"

    October 26, 2013  |   By Sibo10

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.4

    Pros

    I have been using NeoOffice for years and am (was) quite happy with the functions it offered. The $10,00/year I find reasonable.
    I gave 2 stars because until now I was happy with NeoOffice.

    Cons

    I can only upgrade to the new version if I open a PayPal account. I have NO desire to ever have a PayPal account ever again, (another story and yes, I shouted).
    To even protest this move in the NeoOffice forum is not possible because you need to have paid your $10,00 to get entry to the forum. A classic Catch 22 situation.

    The alternative version on sale in the iStore is a castrated version of this one.

    Summary

    Would love to upgrade but can't.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "WAY too complicated for the average bear."

    October 23, 2013  |   By teiho

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.4

    Pros

    I use it because it opens and edits text and drawing documents other Mac software resists, and I can edit and save csv docs for import into a simple budgeting program. It's also much, much faster than it used to be.

    Cons

    I just spent 45 minutes trying to automate creating a text document formatted to fit and print onto a 4x6 card so I don't have to mess with page formatting and three different printer settings to get it to work. Can't do it. The inline help uses technical terms no ordinary user can understand, online manuals give very thin instructions, and even the "user's" forums are developer-oriented, not to help a user who doesn't want to buy Office. I'm not an idiot; I pick up tricks, tips, and workarounds in commercial software with no problem. But despite having used OpenOffice and NeoOffice for at least 10 years, I can't count on it for anything but the simplest functions.

    I have a great deal of respect for the OpenOffice/NeoOffice community, and I know the product appeals to a lot of people. I'm envious of those who can suss out how to use it to its potential. But if you're looking for something to be a little creative with and aren't a software wizard, you might want to look elsewhere.

    Summary

    Not for the faint of heart. Great for opening docs that native Mac programs won't touch, but creating anything but basic documents requires skill and technical knowledge the average (or even above average) user isn't likely to have.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Payment not possible unless you open a PayPal account"

    September 15, 2013  |   By Sibo10

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.3 Patch 9

    Pros

    I've been using NeoOffice since it was first launched and have been quite happy with the performance. It basically 'does what it says on the box'.

    Cons

    I have a new Mac and was advised by NeoOffice to upgrade to the latest version. The problem is that payment is only via PayPal. Basically NeoOffice 'forces' you to open a PayPal account; though they state on their website there is a link on the payment page to pay without having to join PayPal, but there actually is NO link. (Naughty!)
    As a Ex-PayPal user who will never, ever open another PayPal account I have no chance to 'donate' to upgrade to the new version. Very frustrating and very, very short-sighted of NeoOffice. So now I'm looking for an alternative to NeoOffice.
    I cannot even post this in the NeoOffice forums because you first have to 'donate' to leave a message. Very Catch 22.

    Summary

    The older versions were solid, reliable and easy to use. The new version? No idea (see above).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good suite, simple and essential"

    November 18, 2011  |   By ETmacUser

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.2.1p2

    Pros

    Read and writes MS formats (not full support, but IMO this is a plus, expecially for macros). Learning is fast enough, You'll manage it while working, in perfect Mac-style, with few - if any - problems. Once you're registered as a "donor" you may download major upgrades for a year or so, and often new version too. Good stability, not so memory-hungry as previous version (2.--).

    Cons

    Sometimes slow, this could be a problem in personal settings. Not so clean an interface, sometimes very... uhm, "windows". Some lack of features in Draw, that could be enhanced as the (very) old SuperPaint, with double environment paint/draw and saving in major formats (say: jpeg, bmp, pict...)

    Summary

    A valuable product, 10$ donation is a quite low fee and to me is NOT a drawback (programmers too must pay bills, and people cannot last forever in writing and revising good code only as a hobby). Lighter and more friendly than OOO (wich in some instances has more power). A must.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "$10 Minimum shareware. No Demo. Best Mac OpenOffice."

    September 16, 2011  |   By zunipus

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.2.1

    Pros

    This is still the best version of OpenOffice for Mac OS X, stable, great alternative to Microsoft. The file format is an easy to use international standard. Compatible with MS Office formats.

    Cons

    There is no demo. It is NOT free unless you're willing to compile the app from source code, which takes hours. A payment (called a 'donation') of $10 minimum to even try the already compiled version.

    Summary

    This is the best integrated and most stable version of OpenOffice for Mac OS X. It is written specifically to be optimized for Mac OS X. The next best version is the up and coming LibreOffice, which is honest to goodness donationware. The problem with LibreOffice has been its stability; However, the stability has improved with each revision and it is a good alternative to NeoOffice. Either version is superior to actual OpenOffice for Mac.

    The requirement of Microsoft Office in most situations has become a phenomenon of the past. Office continues to have more bells and whistles. But for day to day document, spreadsheet, charts, database and presentation work, the various branches of the OpenOffice open source project are excellent. The Open Document Format (ODF) is an international standard that is simpler and more reliable than Microsoft's annoying and complicated 'Office Open XML standard' (OOXML).

    NeoOffice has a less elegant GUI than MS Office and fewer extraneous features. However, it is a solid application well worth trying and learning for most purposes. In my case, I could not care less whether MS Office even existed.

    The BIG problem with NeoOffice is its change in policy whereby only those willing to compile the program from source code are able to use it for free. This is in keeping with its open source license, but a massive roadblock to typical users. Because the application is huge, it takes many hours to compile. Instead a PAYMENT (oddly called a 'donation') of $10 or more is required to obtain the compiled and ready version of the program. Considering this fee compared to the cost of MS Office, NeoOffice is well worth it. The controversy over what constitutes a 'donation' versus a payment, however, will continue.

    There are default features of NeoOffice well worth turning off for most users. Be sure to read through the documentation and minimize the automatic features to fit your requirements. For example, I find the automatic item numbering and spell ahead features thoroughly annoying and detrimental. Don't use what you don't like. Meanwhile there are some lovely other features well worth turning on in its preferences such as automatic saving of documents.

    NeoOffice is my favorite version of OpenOffice. However, it is well worth checking out the LibreOffice, which continues to actually be free. In the future LibreOffice promises to have features beyond NeoOffice or the original OpenOffice project. LibreOffice has been extremely crash prone in the past but has gradually been improving with each new version. If you want a free alternative to MS Office or simply wish to test an OpenOffice project alternative, try LibreOffice first.

    BTW: I have so far had no problems running older and free NeoOffice v3.1.2 patch 8 on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, despite its nag window to the contrary.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good word processor"

    July 20, 2011  |   By Notes

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.2p5

    Pros

    Latest version is only $10. Can save in many formats including .doc.

    Cons

    sort of a clunky GUI

    Summary

    I've only used the word processor and found it more than adequate for creating documents. Has what most people will need and it really can't be beat for the price. Was once free but now cost $10. The price is little enough for only the word processor but you also get a spreadsheet and and a PowerPoint application thrown in for good measure.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not 'free to try'"

    June 19, 2011  |   By croupiac

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.2p4

    Pros

    Has historically been a good application, well integrated into Mac OS X.

    Cons

    It's not "free to try". Not even a little bit. You can't touch it until you hand over money, making it a Commercial distribution.

    Summary

    The bait-and-switch tactic is morally questionable.

    On the up-side, it is legal to compile and re-distribute it yourself. The open-source license requires this.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Donate ... or Donate"

    June 12, 2011  |   By macdad614

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.2p3

    Pros

    Free - at least, version 3.1.2 is free.

    Cons

    To download version 3.2, I have two choices: Donate using Paypal or Donate as a new user.

    Summary

    I'll stick with the free version - and maybe one day I'll get around to using it. For now, AppleWorks still functions on my Leopard computer. If (or when) I have to upgrade to Snow Leopard or Lion, then I may have to find another suite of tools.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Unlike Open Office, it can open files not in English"

    May 27, 2011  |   By Taegugki

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.2p2

    Pros

    Free, so I don't have to give Microsoft another dime, what more can I say?

    Cons

    Occasional crashes.

    Summary

    I have the iWorks suite, but it doesn't translate well to my colleagues who have MS Office, so this is a great alternative and as a person who only uses simple Excel functions and super simple formulas, I don't justify paying hundreds of dollars for what I would use Office for. I tried Open Office & even Libre Office, and living in Korea, these apps couldn't open files that were named in Korean, Neo Office did, so just for that fact I give it 4 stars!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Well done port of OpenOffice"

    May 23, 2011  |   By nachtbraker

    Version: NeoOffice/J 3.2p2

    Pros

    Looks and works much better than Open/LibreOffice on the Mac

    Cons

    Not the fastest program in the world.

    Summary

    Has been my go-to office app for years.

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