OpenOffice.org and its Macintosh ports

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[edit] OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org (OOo) is the "main" office suite, written primarily for Solaris, Linux and Windows, with the most developers and users. The OpenOffice.org project provides the source code from which many other versions are derived, including Sun's proprietary StarOffice. OpenOffice.org is currently at version 3.0.

[edit] OpenOffice.org Aqua

Beginning with OpenOffice.org 3.0, Sun and OpenOffice.org engineers introduced an official native Mac OS X version, OpenOffice.org Aqua, and Sun released StarOffice 9 for Mac OS X (Intel) based on this version. Sun build an official OpenOffice.org Aqua 3.0 release in English for Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5, but community builds are available for PowerPC Macs and other languages.

[edit] NeoOffice

The best, fastest, most Macintosh-like port to date, NeoOffice (formerly "NeoOffice/J"), uses bits of Java and Cocoa instead of X11 to display to the screen and bits of Cocoa and Carbon for other features like printing, menus, fonts, and Aqua widgets. Because Java is so well integrated into Mac OS X, NeoOffice feels much more "Mac-like" than the X11 version. There are numerous improvements over the X11 version—native menus along the top menu bar, native OS X fonts, the print dialog screen you're used to seeing, scrollwheel support, traditional Mac shortcut keys, drag-and-drop, Aqua scrollbars, and so forth. Beginning with NeoOffice 2.1, NeoOffice also incorporated new features and bug-fixes from the odf-converter project and Novell's ooo-build version of OpenOffice.org for Linux. While OpenOffice.org Aqua has narrowed the gap in the area of Mac look-and-feel, NeoOffice still includes numerous Mac-specific features and bugfixes missing from OpenOffice.org Aqua. NeoOffice is also extremely stable. As of August 2008, the latest version is NeoOffice 2.2.5.

[edit] Discontinued Ports

[edit] OpenOffice.org Mac OS X (X11) (abandoned late 2008)

OpenOffice.org/X11 was a very stable port of the OpenOffice.org office suite that ran on Mac OS X and used the standard Unix X11 display system. That is, to use OpenOffice.org/X11, you must have had Apple's X11 system installed on your computer or have used another X11 package.

Apple's X11 is available for Mac OS X 10.3.x and above; it is normally installed in /Applications/Utilities; for more information on obtaining X11 packages and OpenOffice.org Mac OS X (X11), see Downloading X11 and OpenOffice.org/X11.

OpenOffice.org/X11 was entirely functional and looked like its Unix counterpart, but it did not use native Mac controls or fonts. For many Mac users, OpenOffice.org/X11 looked and felt "out of place" when compared with other Macintosh applications. The official Mac OS X build of OpenOffice.org/X11 varied depending on language and processor; the last version, 2.4.1, was available in English and other languages, for both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Beginning with OpenOffice.org 3.0, OpenOffice.org developers removed the ability to build an Xll-based application on Mac OS X and introduced a native Mac OS X application, OpenOffice.org Aqua.

[edit] RetroOffice (discontinued late 2008)

RetroOffice was a version of OpenOffice.org that used X11 to run but included enhanced features and bug-fixes not found in OpenOffice.org Mac OS X (X11). RetroOffice was released by NeoOffice.org and contained certain Mac-specific features and bug-fixes from NeoOffice, as well as new features and bug-fixes from the odf-converter project and Novell's ooo-build version of OpenOffice.org for Linux.

Like OpenOffice.org Mac OS X (X11), RetroOffice looked like its Linux counterpart and did not use native Mac controls or fonts. RetroOffice was available in all the same languages as NeoOffice and ran on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. However, RetroOffice was completely unsupported. Beginning with OpenOffice.org 3.0, OpenOffice.org developers removed the ability to build an Xll-based application on Mac OS X, thereby leading NeoOffice.org to discontinue RetroOffice.

[edit] NeoOffice/C (abandoned late 2004)

The goal of this highly-experimental port was to prototype methods of making OpenOffice.org a fully Aquafied program and a 'first class citizen' on the Mac OS X desktop. The code is based on the 1.1 version of OpenOffice.org. NeoOffice/C would build on Mac OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x but was at the pre-Alpha stage and was extremely buggy; it ran only on Mac OS X 10.2.x and then only for a few minutes before crashing. With the release of NeoOffice/J 1.1 Alpha, NeoOffice/C ceased development, as resources are being channeled into NeoOffice/J 1.1 and its successors, NeoOffice 1.2 and 2.1.

[edit] Which one should I use?

Most Macintosh users who are looking for a good office experience should give NeoOffice a try. NeoOffice offers many Mac-specific features not present in OpenOffice.org and includes many enhancements from the ooo-build project that are not yet available in the main version of OpenOffice.org, and is available for both PowerPC and Intel Macs in dozens of languages.

If you always need to have the latest OpenOffice.org version or need to take advantage of Sun's paid support options, you should use OpenOffice.org Aqua.

You can also look at the comparison charts for more detailed comparisons.

Hope this helps!


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