Related link: http://www.planamesa.com/neojava/en/download.php
A while back, I wrote an article entitled What is NeoOffice/J (and Can It Replace MS Office) that took a look at a viable alternative to Microsoft Office. A lot of development has been going on since then, and just recently, NeoOffice 1.2 Alpha was announced.
You can read about some of the specific differences between v1.1 and v1.2 here, but the major enhancements include support for the new Open Document Format (ODF), and under the hood rewiring to reflect usage of Cocoa APIs and Java 1.4.x APIs instead of so much Carbon and Java 1.3.1.
The download is 129 megs, but definitely worth it if you’re already a NeoOffice/J user. Plus, you can get that oh-so-good feeling of doing your part for community service if you report a bug or find another way to help.
Just in a few mintues of playing around, I noticed that a large spreadsheet I often use loads about 30% faster (10 seconds vs 15 seconds), the Preferences menu option works now (lots of stuff in there), and you don’t get the annoying blank window that hangs around after using the shortcut Cmd-W to close a document. But I’m sure there’s much more — hopefully those features will turn up as pleasant surprises during routine work.
So what are you waiting for, go get it, tinker around, and come back here with some feedback.
Do you think this project is going to continue coming around? Or is it not even worth the time it takes to download? Why?
What’s holding you back from making the switch from MS Office? Or did you already?