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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 Patch 5 vs. OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 vs. Microsoft Office 2004 ===+=== NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 5 vs. OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 vs. Microsoft Office 2004 vs. Microsoft Office 2008 ===
<TABLE WIDTH=100%> <TABLE WIDTH=100%>
- <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left">Performance Test</th><th valign="top">NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 5</th><th>OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2</th><th>MS Office 2004</th></tr>+ <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left">Performance Test</th><th valign="top">NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 5</th><th>OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2</th><th>MS Office 2004</th><th>MS Office 2008</th></tr>
- <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">General:</th></tr>+ <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="5">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">n/a</td><td align="center">$149.95 Home & Student Edition</td></tr>
- <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">Launch Time:</th></tr>+ <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="5">Launch Time:</th></tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after reboot (cold start)</td>+ <td colspan="5">Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after reboot (cold start)</td>
</tr> </tr>
<tr> <tr>
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<td align="center">27 seconds</td> <td align="center">27 seconds</td>
<td align="center">27 seconds</td> <td align="center">27 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">23 seconds</td>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)</td>+ <td colspan="5">Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">8 seconds</td> <td align="center">8 seconds</td>
<td align="center">7 seconds</td> <td align="center">7 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">9 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
- <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">Word Processor:</th></tr>+ <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="5">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="5">... with a 500,000 character document (about 130 pages long)</th></tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)</td>+ <td colspan="5">Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">8 seconds</td> <td align="center">8 seconds</td>
<td align="center">5 seconds</td> <td align="center">5 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">4 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to open application</td>+ <td colspan="5">Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to open application</td>
</tr> </tr>
<tr> <tr>
<td><i>Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes)</i></td> <td><i>Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes)</i></td>
 + <td align="center">1 second</td>
<td align="center">1 second</td> <td align="center">1 second</td>
<td align="center">1 second</td> <td align="center">1 second</td>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Save</td>+ <td colspan="5">Save</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">3 seconds</td> <td align="center">3 seconds</td>
<td align="center">3 seconds</td> <td align="center">3 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">2 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Page Preview</td>+ <td colspan="5">Page Preview</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">4 seconds</td> <td align="center">4 seconds</td>
<td align="center">3 seconds</td> <td align="center">3 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">2 seconds</td>
<td align="center">2 seconds</td> <td align="center">2 seconds</td>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Print ... </td>+ <td colspan="5">Print ... </td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">20 seconds</td> <td align="center">20 seconds</td>
<td align="center">64 seconds</td> <td align="center">64 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">20 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Export as PDF</td>+ <td colspan="5">Export as PDF</td>
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<td align="center">15 seconds</td> <td align="center">15 seconds</td>
<td align="center">n/a</td> <td align="center">n/a</td>
 + <td align="center">19 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
- <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">Presentation:</th></tr>+ <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="5">Presentation:</th></tr>
- <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="4">... with a 11 slide document</th></tr>+ <tr {{HeaderRow}}><th align="left" colspan="5">... with a 11 slide document</th></tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Open by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)</td>+ <td colspan="5">Open by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">6 seconds</td> <td align="center">6 seconds</td>
<td align="center">9 seconds</td> <td align="center">9 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">5 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Time to complete slide show with No Transition set, using space bar to advance slide</td>+ <td colspan="5">Time to complete slide show with No Transition set, using space bar to advance slide</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">28 seconds</td> <td align="center">28 seconds</td>
<td align="center">11 seconds</td> <td align="center">11 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">4 seconds</td>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Time to complete slide show with transition set to Fade Smoothly, using space bar to advance slide</td>+ <td colspan="5">Time to complete slide show with transition set to Fade Smoothly, using space bar to advance slide</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">52 seconds</td> <td align="center">52 seconds</td>
<td align="center">23 seconds</td> <td align="center">23 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">9 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Time to complete slide show with transition set to Wedge, using space bar to advance slide</td>+ <td colspan="5">Time to complete slide show with transition set to Wedge, using space bar to advance slide</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">52 seconds</td> <td align="center">52 seconds</td>
<td align="center">20 seconds</td> <td align="center">20 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">10 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Print ... </td>+ <td colspan="5">Print ... </td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">18 seconds</td> <td align="center">18 seconds</td>
<td align="center">13 seconds</td> <td align="center">13 seconds</td>
 + <td align="center">5 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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</tr> </tr>
<tr {{BlueRow}}> <tr {{BlueRow}}>
- <td colspan="4">Export as PDF</td>+ <td colspan="5">Export as PDF</td>
</tr> </tr>
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<td align="center">9 seconds</td> <td align="center">9 seconds</td>
<td align="center">n/a</td> <td align="center">n/a</td>
 + <td align="center">2 seconds</td>
</tr> </tr>
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* NeoOffice version is 2.2.4 with Patch 5 * NeoOffice version is 2.2.4 with Patch 5
* OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 was used which is the same product as StarOffice 9 Beta * OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 was used which is the same product as StarOffice 9 Beta
 +* Microsoft Word 2004 version is 11.3.8, PowerPoint is 11.3.5
 +* Microsoft Word 2008 version is 12.1.2, PowerPoint is 12.1.2
* No other applications were running * No other applications were running
* Machine 1 - Intel details: Mac OS X 10.4.11, MacBook Pro 2 GHz Intel Core Duo, 1 GB RAM * Machine 1 - Intel details: Mac OS X 10.4.11, MacBook Pro 2 GHz Intel Core Duo, 1 GB RAM
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* Sample presentation document was obtained from [http://bugzilla.neooffice.org/bug.php?op=show&bugid=1473 NeoOffice Bugzilla] and saved as a .odp file * Sample presentation document was obtained from [http://bugzilla.neooffice.org/bug.php?op=show&bugid=1473 NeoOffice Bugzilla] and saved as a .odp file
* Both documents above were saved in Microsoft 97/2000/XP formats (.doc and .ppt) for MS Office testing * 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+* 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 or the Microsoft Office toolbar

Revision as of 03:50, 8 September 2008

Last updated: 7 September 2008

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 Patch 5 vs. OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 vs. Microsoft Office 2004 vs. Microsoft Office 2008

Performance TestNeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 5OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2MS Office 2004MS Office 2008
General:
Price$0.00, donation requested$0.00n/a$149.95 Home & Student Edition
Launch Time:
Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after reboot (cold start)
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 26 seconds 27 seconds 27 seconds 23 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 33 seconds 47 seconds 10 seconds
Launch time to active cursor in Writer document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 9 seconds 8 seconds 7 seconds 9 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 16 seconds 21 seconds 5 seconds
Word Processor:
... with a 500,000 character document (about 130 pages long)
Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 8 seconds 8 seconds 5 seconds 4 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 12 seconds 21 seconds 4 seconds
Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to open application
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 1 second 1 second 1 second 1 second
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 4 seconds 12 seconds 1 second
Save
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 3 seconds 3 seconds 3 seconds 2 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 6 seconds 4 seconds 2 seconds
Page Preview
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 4 seconds 3 seconds 2 seconds 2 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 5 seconds 6 seconds 1 seconds
Print ...
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 24 seconds 20 seconds 64 seconds 20 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 46 seconds 34 seconds 45 seconds
Export as PDF
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 13 seconds 15 seconds n/a 19 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 25 seconds 27 seconds n/a
Presentation:
... with a 11 slide document
Open by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 11 seconds 6 seconds 9 seconds 5 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 13 seconds 18 seconds 4 seconds
Time to complete slide show with No Transition set, using space bar to advance slide
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 11 seconds 28 seconds 11 seconds 4 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 22 seconds 40 seconds 9 seconds
Time to complete slide show with transition set to Fade Smoothly, using space bar to advance slide
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 35 seconds 52 seconds 23 seconds 9 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 48 seconds 62 seconds 18 seconds
Time to complete slide show with transition set to Wedge, using space bar to advance slide
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 35 seconds 52 seconds 20 seconds 10 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 40 seconds 62 seconds 17 seconds
Print ...
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 13 seconds 18 seconds 13 seconds 5 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 20 seconds 23 seconds 16 seconds
Export as PDF
Machine 1 - Intel (see Notes) 9 seconds 9 seconds n/a 2 seconds
Machine 2 - PPC (see Notes) 15 seconds 15 seconds n/a

Notes:

  • Tests were run as a newly created user with default setup
  • NeoOffice version is 2.2.4 with Patch 5
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta 2 was used which is the same product as StarOffice 9 Beta
  • Microsoft Word 2004 version is 11.3.8, PowerPoint is 11.3.5
  • Microsoft Word 2008 version is 12.1.2, PowerPoint is 12.1.2
  • No other applications were running
  • Machine 1 - Intel details: Mac OS X 10.4.11, MacBook Pro 2 GHz Intel Core Duo, 1 GB RAM
  • Machine 2 - PPC details: Mac OS X 10.4.11, PowerBook 1.67 GHz PPC G4, 1 GB RAM
  • Spell checking and automatic hyphenation were disabled
  • Microsoft Office pricing is for Office 2008 which has replaced Microsoft Office 2004
  • Sample 500,000 character 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 and saved as a .odp file
  • 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 or the Microsoft Office 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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