I’ve recently re-checked out NeoOffice. NeoOffice is the Mac version of OpenOffice and is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. NeoOffice is free which makes it $400 less that the Microsoft version. 😉
The download is big, but it’s a program that sure can do a lot. The interface is very nice and it makes the program look stunning. It also loads quite quickly on my Intel iMac.
One of the things I really liked about NeoOffice is that it can read and write Microsoft formats including .docx. I do have to interact with these files so it’s nice to have an easy solution.
NeoOffice also gives me the ability to copy out an image at it’s original size. Word continues to think any image copied out of the document, and pasted into Fireworks, is 600dpi. Talk about a pain in the butt.
The only thing I don’t really like is the default NeoOffice icons. They seem a bit out of date. So I re-created the application icon to be a bit more Macish and up-to-date.
To update your NeoOffice icon, follow these steps.
- Download the NeoOffice replacement icon.
- Find the NeoOffice application on your computer. Probably in the Applications folder.
- Right-click on the application and ‘Show Package Contents‘
- Open the Contents folder.
- Open the Resources folder.
- Rename ship.icns to ship2.icns for backup purposes.
- Drag ship.icns from the NeoOffice Replacement Icon folder to the Resources folder.
- Start NeoOffice.
Overall, I’m impressed with NeoOffice so far. It’s free, works well with Microsoft 2007 documents and includes word processing, spreadsheet (Excel), presentation (Powerpoint) and many other options built in. I’ll definitely be keeping it around for future use.