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NeoOffice 2.2.1 Released

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:02 am    Post subject: NeoOffice 2.2.1 Released Reply with quote

NeoOffice 2.2.1 Released
Monday, August 27, 2007
Posted by: Glenn

NeoOffice.org has announced the release of NeoOffice 2.2.1. According to the developers, NeoOffice 2.2.1 allows Mac users to utilize most Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without the need for Microsoft's Office 2007 translators. Also, with native Mac OS X spell checking and address book support, NeoOffice users now have a more seamless integration of Mac OS X's built-in tools than either Microsoft Office or OpenOffice.org. Lastly, NeoOffice users can now print high-resolution images at the resolution supported by their printer.

NeoOffice 2.2.1 contains a number of unique new features including:

- Based on OpenOffice.org 2.2.1 codebase
- Support for Microsoft Office 2007 Excel and PowerPoint document formats
- Support for Mac OS X 10.5 Beta
- Support for Quick Look under Mac OS X 10.5
- Access to the Mac OS X Address Book as a data source
- Use of the native Mac OS X spell-checker for supported languages
- Enhanced the Aqua set of toolbar icons with a more Aqua appearance
- Support for printing high resolution images at their expected DPI

NeoOffice 2.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, 512 MB of memory, and 400 MB of free disk space. The download weighs in at 150MB for Intel-based Macs and 152MB for PPC-based Macs.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:54 pm    Post subject: New NeoOffice Reply with quote

NeoOffice will NOT read my Office 2007 Excel files with extention .XLSX
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like OpenOffice and NeoOffice and what they stand for, but it's pretty hard to beat iWork for $80 bucks. Especially with the addition of Numbers.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
it's pretty hard to beat iWork for $80 bucks. Especially with the addition of Numbers.


I would have thought that NeoOffice was more feature rich, more in line with M$ Office. Have I over-valued NeoOffice or under-valued iWork.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:46 pm    Post subject: Numbers Reply with quote

iWork's Numbers program won't read .XLSX Excel files either
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

new_mac_guy wrote:
iWork's Numbers program won't read .XLSX Excel files either

I don't understand it. Everybody has known that the key to Microsoft's domination of the WP, spreadsheet and DB market has been their proprietary file standards. That's why all the makers of rival products have strived to make sure that their software could read and write the latest versions of .doc or .xls files.

And yet XML has been around for, what, 10 years now? Why the Sam Hill didn't the open source guys come up with rival, open standards for WP and SS file formats in 1997? In the intervening time, the Linux community, Sun, Apple, IBM, Google and any of the other major players could have pushed them as better, alternative standards. By now, they would have become established and even MS would have had to ensure that their products could import and export these open format files. End users could have chosen office software based on its usefulness, rather than being press-ganged into buying the only package to offer complete file compatibility.

And now that it looks like we're getting an open file format, it's going to be Microsoft's version of "open". And as New_Mac_Guy is finding out, the only people who appear to be implementing it are Microsoft. Great.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Have I over-valued NeoOffice or under-valued iWork.


NeoOffice compares well with MS Office, but sometimes less is more. iWork '08 is a joy to work in. You really need to give the trial a look-see if you haven't already.

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And yet XML has been around for, what, 10 years now? Why the Sam Hill didn't the open source guys come up with rival, open standards for WP and SS file formats in 1997?


IPOs and greed! Laughing

Who needs to work with other companies when you have a multi-billion dollar market cap and no profits? And now, the big rush is to go online like Google Docs.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
Why the Sam Hill didn't the open source guys come up with rival, open standards for WP and SS file formats in 1997?

And now that it looks like we're getting an open file format, it's going to be Microsoft's version of "open".

Sorry chaps. It looks like I've 'jumped the gun' here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Document_Format

However, Microsoft being Microsoft, they haven't based their new open standard on the existing one. Oh no. They've created their own, and it has caused a bit of trouble.
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