NeoOffice Performance Comparison

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This page attempts to provide a balanced, but by no means complete, comparison of NeoOffice's performance with two comparable office suites, StarOffice/OpenOffice.org and Microsoft, to help you make a more informed decision when evaluating office software. Some other software developers have similar comparison pages; those we are aware of are linked [[#Other Comparisons|below]]. This page attempts to provide a balanced, but by no means complete, comparison of NeoOffice's performance with two comparable office suites, StarOffice/OpenOffice.org and Microsoft, to help you make a more informed decision when evaluating office software. Some other software developers have similar comparison pages; those we are aware of are linked [[#Other Comparisons|below]].
-=== NeoOffice 2.2.4 vs. OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 /StarOffice 9 Beta vs. Microsoft Office 2008 ===+=== NeoOffice 2.2.4 vs. OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 /StarOffice 9 Beta vs. Microsoft Office 2004 ===
<TABLE WIDTH=100%> <TABLE WIDTH=100%>
-<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left">Performance Test</th><th valign="top">NeoOffice</th><th>OpenOffice.org StarOffice</th><th>MS Office 2008</th></tr>+<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left">Performance Test</th><th valign="top">NeoOffice</th><th>OpenOffice.org StarOffice</th><th>MS Office 2004</th></tr>
<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">General:</th></tr> <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">General:</th></tr>
<tr><td>Price</td><td align="center">$0.00, [http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/donate.php donation requested]</td><td align="center">$0.00</td><td align="center">$149.95 Home & Student Edition</td></tr> <tr><td>Price</td><td align="center">$0.00, [http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/donate.php donation requested]</td><td align="center">$0.00</td><td align="center">$149.95 Home & Student Edition</td></tr>
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td>Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after reboot (cold start)</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr {{BlueRow}}><td>Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after reboot (cold start)</td><td align="center">26 seconds</td><td align="center">27 seconds</td><td align="center">27 seconds</td></tr>
-<tr><td>Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr><td>Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)</td><td align="center">9 seconds</td><td align="center">8 seconds</td><td align="center">7 seconds</td></tr>
-<!--<tr {{BlueRow}}><td>Test 3</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr><td>Fourth test</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>-->+
<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">Word Processor:</th></tr> <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">Word Processor:</th></tr>
<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">... with a 500,000 character document (about 130 pages long)</th></tr> <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">... with a 500,000 character document (about 130 pages long)</th></tr>
-<tr><td align="left">Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to closed application.</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr><td align="left">Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to closed application.</td><td align="center">8 seconds</td><td align="center">8 seconds</td><td align="center">5 seconds</td></tr>
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to open application</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to open application</td><td align="center">1 second</td><td align="center">1 second</td><td align="center">1 second</td></tr>
-<tr><td align="left">Scroll with the keyboard: 10x Page Down button</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr><td align="left">Save</td><td align="center">3 seconds</td><td align="center">3 seconds</td><td align="center">3 seconds</td></tr>
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Scrolling with the mouse: 10 clicks in Scrollbar</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Page Preview</td><td align="center">4 seconds</td><td align="center">3 seconds</td><td align="center">2 seconds</td></tr>
-<tr><td align="left">Scrolling with the mouse: Click and drag in Scrollbar to end of document</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr><td align="left">Print ... </td><td align="center">24 seconds</td><td align="center">20 seconds</td><td align="center">64 seconds</td></tr>
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Save</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Export as PDF</td><td align="center">13 seconds</td><td align="center">15 seconds</td><td align="center">n/a</td></tr>
-<tr><td align="left">Save as ... Same format different name</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Print Preview</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr><td align="left">Print ... <!--need details--></td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Export as PDF</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
- +
-<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">... with a 2 million character document (about 530 pages long)</th></tr>+
-<tr><td align="left">Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to closed application.</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to open application</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr><td align="left">Scroll with the keyboard: 10x Page Down button</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Scrolling with the mouse: 10 clicks in Scrollbar</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr><td align="left">Scrolling with the mouse: Click and drag in Scrollbar to end of document</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Save</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr><td align="left">Save as ... Same format different name</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Print Preview</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr><td align="left">Print ... <!--need details--></td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
-<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Export as PDF</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>+
<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">Presentation:</th></tr> <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">Presentation:</th></tr>
-<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">... with a 13 slide document</th></tr>+<tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">... with a 11 slide document</th></tr>
<tr><td align="left">Open by dragging from Finder to closed application.</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr> <tr><td align="left">Open by dragging from Finder to closed application.</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Open by dragging from Finder to open application</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr> <tr {{BlueRow}}><td align="left">Open by dragging from Finder to open application</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td><td align="center">xxx seconds</td></tr>
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* No other applications were running * No other applications were running
* Spell checking and automatic hyphenation were disabled * Spell checking and automatic hyphenation were disabled
-* Sample 500,000 and 2 million character word processing documents were obtained from [http://www.apfelwiki.de/Tests/WordAlternativenTest04 ApfelWiki Word-Alternativen Der Test] and modified to open in Print Layout view.+* Sample 500,000 word processing document was obtained from [http://www.apfelwiki.de/Tests/WordAlternativenTest04 ApfelWiki Word-Alternativen Der Test] and modified to open in Print Layout view.
* Sample presentation document was obtained from [http://bugzilla.neooffice.org/bug.php?op=show&bugid=1473 NeoOffice Bugzilla] * Sample presentation document was obtained from [http://bugzilla.neooffice.org/bug.php?op=show&bugid=1473 NeoOffice Bugzilla]
 +* Both documents above were saved in Microsoft 97/2000/XP formats (.doc and .ppt) for MS Office testing
 +* Print was tested using Preview. On NeoOffice the print icon on the toolbar was used, on OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office the menu item File::Print was used due to differences in dialogs in NeoOffice and lack of a Print Preview option when using the OpenOffice.org toolbar

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Last updated: 13 August 2008

N.B. Initial editing is still in progress

This page attempts to provide a balanced, but by no means complete, comparison of NeoOffice's performance with two comparable office suites, StarOffice/OpenOffice.org and Microsoft, to help you make a more informed decision when evaluating office software. Some other software developers have similar comparison pages; those we are aware of are linked below.

NeoOffice 2.2.4 vs. OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 /StarOffice 9 Beta vs. Microsoft Office 2004

Performance TestNeoOfficeOpenOffice.org StarOfficeMS Office 2004
General:
Price$0.00, donation requested$0.00$149.95 Home & Student Edition
Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after reboot (cold start)26 seconds27 seconds27 seconds
Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)9 seconds8 seconds7 seconds
Word Processor:
... with a 500,000 character document (about 130 pages long)
Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to closed application.8 seconds8 seconds5 seconds
Open in Print Layout view, drag from Finder to open application1 second1 second1 second
Save3 seconds3 seconds3 seconds
Page Preview4 seconds3 seconds2 seconds
Print ... 24 seconds20 seconds64 seconds
Export as PDF13 seconds15 secondsn/a
Presentation:
... with a 11 slide document
Open by dragging from Finder to closed application.xxx secondsxxx secondsxxx seconds
Open by dragging from Finder to open applicationxxx secondsxxx secondsxxx seconds
Switch from edit to Slide Showxxx secondsxxx secondsxxx seconds
Time to complete slide show with no transitions, using right arrow to advance slidexxx secondsxxx secondsxxx seconds
Time to complete slide show with no transitions, with slide advance set to 1 secondxxx secondsxxx secondsxxx seconds

Notes:

  • Tested under Mac OS 10.4.11 on an Mac Book Pro 2 GHz Intel Core Duo with 1 GB of RAM
  • Tests were run as a newly created user with default setup
  • NeoOffice version is 2.2.4 with Patch 3
  • No other applications were running
  • Spell checking and automatic hyphenation were disabled
  • Sample 500,000 word processing document was obtained from ApfelWiki Word-Alternativen Der Test and modified to open in Print Layout view.
  • Sample presentation document was obtained from NeoOffice Bugzilla
  • Both documents above were saved in Microsoft 97/2000/XP formats (.doc and .ppt) for MS Office testing
  • Print was tested using Preview. On NeoOffice the print icon on the toolbar was used, on OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office the menu item File::Print was used due to differences in dialogs in NeoOffice and lack of a Print Preview option when using the OpenOffice.org toolbar



Other Comparisons

Additional performance (and feature) comparisons between selected office suites and word processors are available at Mellel: Competitive Comparison (redlers.com; compares Mellel 2.0 with Microsoft Office 2004, OpenOffice.org 2.0.x, and Nisus Writer Express 2.7, but not NeoOffice) and Word-Alternativen: Der Test (apfelwiki.de; compares AbiWord 2.4.5, Mellel 2.2.7, NeoOffice 2.2.1, Nisus Writer Pro 1.0, and Apple's Pages 3.0 [de]).

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