Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Apr 2006 16:13 UTC, submitted by benmhall
Mac OS X "NeoOffice is important not only because it brings a decent OOo port to the Mac platform, but also because it is arguably the only complete, non-Microsoft office suite for Mac OSX. Apple has all but abandoned AppleWorks which has mostly been replaced with iWork, except that iWork has no spreadsheet component and the word processing component is more of a page layout tool than a word processor. That's right, the platform that encourages users to 'Think Different' is pretty much down to a single office suite." Read the entire review.
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RE: Apple under the thumb of Ms?
by trezzer on Sun 9th Apr 2006 00:44 UTC in reply to "Apple under the thumb of Ms?"
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It's not exactly as if MS Office / NeoOffice / OpenOffice.org / iWork are the only choices on the platform.

The office suite Papyrus also exists on OS X. At least five spreadsheet apps showed up when I did a quick search on versiontracker - some also did relational database stuff. When it comes to database selections you have several to go by.

If all you need is word processing you're absolutely spoilt for choice on OS X though. I counted at least 15 different word processors geared towards different uses (script writers, creative writing, office work etc) besides the ones already mentioned. These are all *native* ports or originals mind you.

Besides that you obviously also have all the applications that you can run under X11 - effectively everything the open source world has to offer.

Is there a lack of Mac OS X applications in this area? Hardly.
A lack of office suites? Perhaps. If three aren't enough for you (and if you really need more spreadsheet capabilities than Pages 2 has).

Would most people be happy with alternatives? Most likely. There's certainly something for everyone.

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