NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 4 for Mac OS X released

NeoOffice is a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the 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 free, open-source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is fully functional and stable enough for everyday use. The software is actively developed, so improvements and small updates are made available on a regular basis.

NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta will soon be released. Starting 2 August 2006, the release will be available through the NeoOffice Early Access Program.

Minimum Machine Requirements for NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 4:
• Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
• 384 MB of memory
• 400 MB of free disk space

Important Warnings for All NeoOffice Users: NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 4 is a test release and may have some undiscovered bugs that may cause NeoOffice to crash.

NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 4 is available for PowerPC- and Intel-powered Macs.

More information and download link here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacMania” for the heads up.]

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  1. It’s still ugly, they just don’t get it.
    These nauseating Win3.11-like buttons/scrollbars, 16-colour icons are so ninetees.
    The Keynote/Pages combo works great, all we need now is “Numbers” (or whatever they call it) for Excel files.

    MW — Spreadsheets! ahahahahahaa

  2. samolet said: “… all we need now is “Numbers” (or whatever they call it) for Excel files.”

    Uh, sam, until that glorious day, NeoOffice’s spreadsheet is excellent. I agree it isn’t as cool looking as iApps but it is very capable, open source (something I support) and not from Redmond.

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  3. They do get it, and the release of the Aqua Beta in August is using all Aqua (or mostly) widgets. Take a look at the info on their page for a screenshot of the Aqua interface. It is a huge improvement.

  4. I’ve been using NeoOffice for the last year for business to read and write into and from Office – and it work well – albeit a bit slow in the earily versions

    I f can ponly get better with time

  5. NeoOffice looks like bloatware, and i hear it’s really slow dealing with larger or complex files.

    samolet writes: “The Keynote/Pages combo works great, all we need now is “Numbers” (or whatever they call it) for Excel files.”

    Anybody ever try Mariner Calc? It’s supposed to do Excel files.

  6. Considering it is $500 less than MS Office and does not require X11 (overhead or fugly interface) I say this is the most complete and best office suite available.

    I considered using iWork but honestly, for $80, it didn’t fit my needs. I really WANT Excel-like tools. I would gladly trade that functionality for Keynote. Not that Keynote isn’t great, but I don’t need that tool very often.

    But with v2 of NeoOffice, the interface (Aqua) is much improved. Yeah, things still aren’t as polished but hey, it took Red Hat until version 8 or 9 to implement a visual appealing interface with XP/OS X type high res icons. Give these volunteer programmers a break!

  7. Comment:

    From: Edwin

    Jul 02, 06 – 01:21 am

    I’m really interested in user reports of this on Intel. How does the speed compare to PowerPC?

    Well since it uses a lot of Java and the Java for Intel Macs isn’t universal, they had to make an Intel-native version for that, thus it should be full speed.

    And about the horrible look, sounds like the beta’s gonna make it more Aqua-fied.

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