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I just made the switch to NeoOffice, the Mac version of OpenOffice, which is free software versions of Microsoft Office products (word, excel, powerpoint).

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long. When I first tried to get OpenOffice running on my mac, it required the dreaded “terminal” … and was beyond my minimal geekdom. I later tried NeoOffice, but it was buggy, and crashed a couple of times while I was writing novel chapters, so that was the end of that. Probably 2 years ago?

I’d heard the new versions (well, probably for a year or more), were stable, slick and nice-looking. And it is. The transfer has been totally painless.


  1. Bob Goyetche Bob Goyetche 2007-04-15

    I’ve been using it for a few months too – it’s solid, It’s a great alternative.

  2. Hugh Hugh 2007-04-15

    yup! just spent the last hour using it… seems more intuitive than Word? maybe not. but nice and clean, anyway.

  3. Steven Mansour Steven Mansour 2007-04-15

    Good to hear. It’s way more flexible, format-wise, than Microsoft Office.

    Was it really totally painless – no learning curve? I haven’t used Microsoft Office in a while so I don’t remember how similar they are.

  4. Hugh Hugh 2007-04-15

    well painless so far. but the tools/interface seem more obvious than word … it feels more flexible & better designed. as a little example, the toolbars just look cleaner.

    these office tools are pretty mature now – so changes from one platform to another are minor, learning curve is not demanding, tho I am not trying to do anything very complicated.

  5. Kristin Kristin 2007-04-16

    I’m glad you switched! I’ve been pretty happy with OpenOffice, and I’m glad they’ve now got a real viable option for Mac users :)

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