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 3 comparable office suites - OpenOffice.org, 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.

NeoOffice 3.2.1 Beta vs. OpenOffice.org 3.3 vs. LibreOffice 3.3.3 vs. Microsoft Office 2008

Performance Test NeoOffice 3.2.1 Beta OpenOffice.org 3.3 LibreOffice 3.3.3 Microsoft Office 2008
General:
Price Payment of US$10 or more within the last year $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)
12 seconds 8 seconds 12 seconds 12 seconds
Launch time to active cursor in Writer/Word document by double-clicking on application in Finder after quitting application (warm start)
5 seconds 3 seconds 4 seconds 3 seconds
Word Processor:
... with a 500,000 character document (approximately 130 pages long)
Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)
6 seconds 4 seconds 4 seconds 4 seconds
Open in Print Layout view, by dragging from Finder to open application
2 seconds 1 seconds 1 seconds 1 seconds
Save
3 seconds 2 seconds 2 seconds 1 seconds
Page Preview
3 seconds 3 seconds 3 seconds 1 seconds
Print ...
14 seconds 18 seconds 16 seconds 6 seconds
Export/Save as PDF
7 seconds 7 seconds 7 seconds 10 seconds
Presentation:
... with a 11 slide document
Open by dragging from Finder to closed application (warm start)
7 seconds 4 seconds 6 seconds 4 seconds
Time to complete slide show with No Transition set, using space bar to advance slide
15 seconds 16 seconds 17 seconds 4 seconds
Time to complete slide show with transition set to Fade Smoothly, using space bar to advance slide
42 seconds 40 seconds 44 seconds 8 seconds
Time to complete slide show with transition set to Wedge, using space bar to advance slide
40 seconds 42 seconds 43 seconds 9 seconds
Print ...
13 seconds 38 seconds 43 seconds 3 seconds
Export/Save as PDF
7 seconds 7 seconds 8 seconds 2 seconds

Notes:

  • Tests were run as a newly created user with default setup
  • NeoOffice version is 3.2.1 Beta Patch 0
  • OpenOffice.org version is 3.3
  • LibreOffice version is 3.3.3
  • Microsoft Word 2008 version is 12.2.8
  • No other applications were running
  • Machine details: Mac OS X 10.6.8 running on a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mac Mini with 4 GB of RAM
  • Spotlight privacy was enabled for all volumes
  • Automatic spell checking, grammar and hyphenation were disabled
  • 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
  • All print tests were output to the Mac OS X Preview application

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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