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NeoOffice Performance Comparison

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Last updated: 22 October 2013

This page attempts to provide a balanced, but by no means complete, comparison of NeoOffice's performance with 3 comparable office suites - Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and Microsoft Office - to help you make a more informed decision when evaluating office software. Some other software developers have similar comparison pages. Those that we are aware of are linked below.

[edit] NeoOffice 3.4 vs. OpenOffice 4.0.1 vs. LibreOffice 4.1.2.3 vs. Microsoft Office 2008

Performance Test NeoOffice 3.4 OpenOffice 4.0.1 LibreOffice 4.1.2.3 Microsoft Office 2008
General:
Price Payment of US$10 $0.00 $0.00 $149.95 Home & Student Edition
Launch Time:
Launch time to active cursor in Writer/Word document by double-clicking on application in Finder after reboot (cold start)
13 seconds 17 seconds 17 seconds 16 seconds
Launch time to active cursor in Writer/Word document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)
5 seconds 9 seconds 8 seconds 5 seconds
Word Processor:
... with a 500,000 character document (approximately 125 pages long)
Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)
6 seconds 7 seconds 10 seconds 4 seconds
Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to open application
1 second 1 second 5 seconds 1 second
Save
2 seconds 2 seconds 2 seconds 1 second
Page Preview
2 seconds 4 seconds 5 seconds 1 second
Print ...
12 seconds 17 seconds 23 seconds 9 seconds
Export/Save as PDF
8 seconds 10 seconds 10 seconds 8 seconds
Presentation:
... with a 12 slide document
Open by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)
7 seconds 8 seconds 12 seconds 5 seconds
Time to complete slide show with No Transition set, using space bar to advance slide
3 seconds 7 seconds 7 seconds 3 seconds
Time to complete slide show with transition set to Fade Smoothly, using space bar to advance slide
28 seconds 30 seconds 30 seconds 8 seconds
Time to complete slide show with transition set to Wedge, using space bar to advance slide
28 seconds 30 seconds 30 seconds 9 seconds
Print ...
6 seconds 120 seconds 39 seconds 5 seconds
Export/Save as PDF
5 seconds 3 seconds 5 seconds 6 seconds

Notes:

  • Tests were run as a newly created user with default setup
  • NeoOffice version is 3.4 Patch 0
  • OpenOffice version is 4.0.1
  • LibreOffice version is 4.1.2.3
  • Microsoft Office 2008 version is 12.3.6
  • No other applications were running
  • Machine details: Mac OS X 10.6.8 running on a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with 2 GB of RAM
  • Spotlight privacy was enabled for all volumes
  • Automatic spell checking, grammar, capitalization and hyphenation were disabled
  • Sample 500,000 character word processing document was created from a Lorem Ipsum generation site and saved as an .odt file
  • The document above was saved in Microsoft 97/2000/XP .doc format for MS Office testing
  • Sample presentation document was obtained from this post in the Trinity forums and saved as a .ppt file
  • All print tests were output to the Mac OS X Preview application

[edit] Other Comparisons

Additional performance (and feature) comparisons between selected word processors is available at Word-Alternativen: Der Test (apfelwiki.de; compares Mellel 2.5, NeoOffice 2.2.3, Nisus Writer Pro 1.1, and Apple's Pages 3.0.2).

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