NeoOffice Press Kit

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Last updated: 16 January 2010

This is the general-purpose press kit for NeoOffice. The press releases for each NeoOffice release are available here.


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This Online Press Kit offers press materials and additional background information relating to the NeoOffice. While the Press Kit gathers the most pertinent details and summaries, you will find useful related information elsewhere on this "wiki" web site. We appreciate your interest in NeoOffice!

Key Features

NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs) for Mac OS X. We have created an office suite that is adapted to the unique needs of Mac users by taking the features in Sun Microsystems' office suite and adding improvements such as:

See our Features page for a list of the new features in the current release as well as a list of some of the Mac OS X features requested by our users that are in NeoOffice but are not in

The current version of NeoOffice is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11 and above, supporting both Mac Intel and PowerPC machines and is available here. An older version remains available here for Mac OS X 10.3.9 users.

NeoOffice vs. Microsoft Office vs.

See our Feature Comparison page for a detailed comparison of three Mac office suites: NeoOffice, Microsoft Office, and Aqua.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

See our FAQ page for answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Graphics & Images

These NeoOffice logos, icons, and screenshots are in medium- and high-quality. Feel free to use them in print and/or Web coverage of NeoOffice.

Medium- and High-Quality Logos

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A 600 dpi high-resolution version of the NeoOffice logo, suitable for print or publishing, is also available in JPG (1.4 MB) and PNG (10 MB) formats.


Background Information

History of NeoOffice

NeoOffice's story begins in 2000 when Sun Microsystems cancelled its Mac OS X port of StarOffice and donated the partially-completed project to the community. The former manager and lead engineer of the port, Patrick Luby, was on hand to help with the transition. Although he moved on to other jobs at Sun and evenutally founded Planamesa Software, in his spare time Luby continued working to make run on Mac OS X without the X11 software used by other Unix variants to display Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications. Because the Java programming language was well-integrated with Mac OS X's "Aqua" interface, and because Luby had significant Java experience, he used Java to interface the core code with Mac OS X.

In 2002, two developers of the Mac OS X community porting effort, Edward Peterlin and Dan Williams, started an open source project at They needed a stable, unchanging codebase in order to make sweeping changes to for Mac-specific work, which wasn't possible under the development system employed by Peterlin and Williams worked on a new port, known today as NeoOffice/C, using Mac OS X's native Carbon and Cocoa toolkits.

In June of 2003, Luby open-sourced his Java-based port, which was incorporated into Peterlin's project as NeoOffice/J. The first NeoOffice/J binaries and source code were made available on June 19, 2003. Throughout the summer of 2003, Luby and the community worked together to improve the application. By fall of that year, NeoOffice/J 0.7 (based on the 1.0.x codebase) appeared with support for printing. The 0.7.x and 0.8.x releases that followed added full support for copy-and-paste, support for many languages, and other features and bug fixes. The final release of the NeoOffice/J 0.x series, NeoOffice 0.8.4, appeared on June 23, 2004, giving users a relatively stable version of the old 1.0.x codebase that offered a partially "native" Mac OS X experience.

Over the year that followed, Luby and Peterlin, with help from Williams and the community, moved NeoOffice/J to the then-current 1.1.x codebase and added significant "native" Mac features, including drag-and-drop, use of the Mac OS X menubar and "Aqua menus," enhanced multilingual support, and dozens of smaller features and GUI improvements that make the application more at home in Mac OS X. The June 22, 2005 release of NeoOffice/J 1.1 (based on 1.1.4, the latest stable codebase at that time) marked not only the culmination of a year-long version 1.1 development effort, but also several years of early "behind-the-scenes" trial and error by the developers, the testers, and the entire community.

Following the successful NeoOffice/J 1.1 release, Luby and Peterlin began laying the groundwork for supporting Apple's Intel-based Macintoshes. A series of 1.2 releases of the renamed NeoOffice followed, bringing users support for reading international standard OpenDocument file formats and fixes from the latest stable 1.1.x codebase while the developers began to focus their efforts on NeoOffice 2, which would be based on the 2.x codebase. As development continued into 2006, early builds were "pre-released" for NeoOffice supporters and bug-hunters as part of an innovative Early Access Program, which helped raise funds to support the project.

The NeoOffice 2.x series brought full support for Intel-based Macs and dozens of new features gained by the switch to the 2.x codebase, as well as many new Macintosh-specific features—native open and save dialogs, improved printing support, fantastic new Finder icons, the beginnings of a new icon set, and perhaps most significantly, nearly complete "Aquafication" of scrollbars, buttons, and other "widgets" that led to the beta releases being officially dubbed "NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta". Subsequent additions included support for VBA macros in Microsoft Excel documents, import filters for Microsoft OpenXML Word documents, and other advanced features developed by Linux distributors through the ooo-build process.

The NeoOffice 3.x series has added a host of new and exciting features requested by users: the NeoOffice Mobile online document sharing solution, Quick Look support, Media Browser support, trackpad gestures, Mac OS X Snow Leopard support, "Look Up in Dictionary" context menu in Writer, Mac OS X Leopard grammar checking, native Mac OS X text highlighting, smoother text kerning, ongoing expansion of the Akua icon theme and Leopard-optimised Finder icons.

The April 2011 release of NeoOffice 3.2 was a significant milestone, bringing compatibility and support for Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Press Releases

For a more extensive history of NeoOffice versions, please see the official press releases:

Reviews, User Testimonials and Migration Stories

Of all the free office suites descended from Sun's Star Office, NeoOffice is the fastest and best option for Mac users.

Reviewer Giles Turnbull for MacUser, April 2009 [1]

Its rich set of features make it an obvious choice for anyone who needs all the power of Microsoft Office, but with none of the cost.

Reviewer Julian Prokaza for, May 2009 [2]

I wanted to let you know [NeoOffice] 3.2 is working great and how much I appreciate this excellent software and your superb support of the very few problems we've ever had. I have tried nearly all the variations- OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Symphony, etc., but none are close to the reliability or quality of NeoOffice, much less the support. Our business moved completely to NeoOffice several years ago and the experience has been phenomenal- goodbye Microsoft Office.

User gbh in a post on the trinity forums, April 2011 [3]

Needless to say, it was absolute bliss from the first install. ...

From my standpoint, the fact that you're doing real, honest-to-goodness installer packages means that I can manage a large deployment via Apple Remote Desktop.

Bravo. You guys 'get it.'

Dan Bronson
Rome Sentinel Co.

When I got my Mac, I purchased a copy of MS Word, as I could not afford the full Office package for the Mac. I just wish I had known about NeoOffice before I had purchased Word, as I now use NeoOffice exclusively, and I think that is pretty good.

User drusus in a post on the trinity forums, March 2007 [4]

For other testimonials and migration stories, see the NeoOffice 2.1 Press Kit and the NeoOffice/J 1.1 Press Kit.

Additional testimonials and user reviews can also be found by visiting the NeoOffice listing on the popular Mac software download sites VersionTracker and MacUpdate.


Over the years, a vibrant NeoOffice community has emerged at ("trinity"), where users and developers offer support, bug reporting, beta-testing, artwork, documentation, etc. The community is a ever-expanding group of active users from all over the world who aid in the development, support and advocacy processes:

  • writing NeoWiki articles that answer common requests for user assistance and support.
  • answering questions and providing user support on the trinity forums.
  • testing patches and filing bugs.
  • translating the website and the wiki articles into several languages.
  • working on new GUI (toolbar) icons.
  • promoting NeoOffice on the web, among friends and anywhere else.
  • providing download mirrors and BitTorrent seeding.
  • donating financially to help offset the costs of bandwidth and development.

Special Thanks

Special thanks also go to the following organizations and people:

  • All NeoOffice donors. The NeoOffice project is funded entirely by the time and money donated by our users. Without the generous donations and volunteer hours given by our users, the project would not have been possible.
  • for creating their well-supported Windows, Linux, and Solaris code upon which NeoOffice is built.
  • The Go-oo project for their many enhancements to the code.

Like, these organizations and people are dedicated to providing open source software as a public service to people throughout the world at no cost. Their generosity helps make free applications like NeoOffice possible.


While the combined efforts of dozens of people have made possible the development of NeoOffice and the latest release, certain individuals have made sustained or key contributions to the code, infrastructure, and other areas of the NeoOffice project. These individuals and their roles or contributions are briefly profiled below.

Patrick Luby

Patrick Luby (AKA pluby) is the creator and primary developer of NeoOffice. He was the manager and lead engineer for Sun's effort to port StarOffice to Mac OS X as well as the lead engineer for the Tomcat Servlet Container within Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) development group.

Patrick is now the chief engineer for the project.

Edward Peterlin

Edward Peterlin (AKA OPENSTEP) is a graduate of Princeton University with an engineering degree in Computer Science and a certificate in Engineering Physics. He is the founding developer of the community Mac OS X (X11) porting effort and a co-founder of and main developer of NeoOffice. He also provides much of the development and community infrastructure: the CVS server, the trinity forums, and the website. Ed also wrote NeoLight, the plugin for Mac OS X 10.4's Spotlight search engine, that has shipped with all version of NeoOffice since NeoOffice/J 1.1. As a lead developer on the Mac OS X port of 1.0.x, Ed has been using Writer, Impress, and Calc on his Macs since 2000. He has presented at many conferences including Apple's WWDC, O'Reilly's Mac OS X Conference, and Linspire's Desktop Linux Summit.

Ed is the lead Macintosh developer at BIOPAC Systems, Inc. and has many other interests, as demonstrated on his personal website.

Dan Bennett

Dan Bennett (AKA foxcorner) designed the Aqua application icon simply because he wanted to know how it's done. Looked cool, and got adopted (the artwork, that is, not Dan). But he should probably keep his day-job in Hewlett-Packard's workstation division, working with high-end graphics solutions for automotive styling. Dan was so chuffed when he learned Mac|Life selected the NeoOffice icon to be “one of the Best Mac Icons ever.”

Daniel Pimley

Daniel Pimley (AKA djpimley) designed the new splash screen for NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta and the new Finder icons, as well as some of the new icons in the Akua icon set used inside the NeoOffice 2.x and 3.x series. Born and bred and living in London, Great Britain, in real life Daniel is a video editor and multimedia producer, working in internal communications for an investment bank. He's been fiddling with computers since he fell in love with his Amiga 500 many years ago. Nowadays he dabbles in Mac programming, design and photography as a hobby, as can be seen from his website.

Armando Nava

Armando Nava (AKA Punto_Mac) designed the vast majority of the new Akua toolbar icons in the NeoOffice 2.x and 3.x series. He has an licentiate degree in Graphic Design at Universidad La Salle (Mexico City). He specializes in Internet and multimedia.

Oscar Van Vliet

Oscar Van Vliet (AKA ovvldc) is a long-time contributor to the NeoWiki and to the Trinity forums. Oscar was one of the early pioneers of the custom icon set efforts, and he contributed a number of icons to the final Akua set that is the default in NeoOffice 2.1. Oscar works on sustainable transportation in the Netherlands.

Jacqueline Gouguenheim-Desloy

Jacqueline Gouguenheim-Desloy (AKA jgd) was a Maths teacher who had retired to the French province of Lorraine. She was extremely active in open source communities and a very active support volunteer on Trinity. She came on board with Peter Mitchell in writing User Guide Volume 1, then took the lead with Volume 2. Despite battling cancer, she completed all her writing and editing tasks before entering hospital for the last time in mid-2008. Her husband Roland remembers that she was very, very happy working with the NeoOffice team, answering questions in the Trinity forums and also and especially writing the User's Guide. She is sadly missed.

Peter Mitchell

Peter Mitchell (AKA ) is a retired English teacher and school principal from Adelaide in South Australia. He became interested in open source programs when he bought an iMac running X11, and that led onto a collaboration with Jacqueline Gouguenheim-Desloy on the two NeoOffice User Guides. Like Jacqueline, he has discovered that one of the great potential joys in life is to become a grandparent.

NeoWiki Translators and Editors

The NeoWiki is available in five languages thanks to the tireless efforts of a group of editors and translators who write and/or translate articles that assist users in making the best use of NeoOffice. Of the many people working on the wiki, the following have made the largest contributions over the past few years. Before her death, jgd translated a large number of articles from English to French, added many new articles in French, and translated some of them to English. valterb produced a nearly complete Italian version of the wiki in only a few months and has contributed an number of new articles in Italian and English, too. RoyFocker likewise made the Spanish version of the wiki a reality in just a short time and contributed new articles on styles. Lorinda added a number of new articles, revised and polished others, and translated into English many of the articles that existed only in French. In the last year, James3359 has written several new articles in English.

NeoOffice Support Team

A number of NeoOffice community members help every day in the forum, helping users with questions and problems and reproducing bugs so that developers can fix them. Among the most active are Samwise, James3359, , ovvldc, , Lorinda, and sardisson.

Smokey Ardisson

Smokey Ardisson (AKA sardisson) is the NeoOffice champion of end-user support. He is responsible for bringing a large part of this information into the NeoWiki and also leads the NeoOffice advocacy effort. The NeoOffice document icons displayed by the Finder in releases from NeoOffice/J 0.8 to NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha were also his work. Beginning with the road to NeoOffice 2.1, Smokey did less of the actual work and served more as a coordinator of efforts of the ever-increasing number of individuals who donated large chunks of their time to help out other users of the software, although he still enjoys a good NeoWiki article rewrite from time to time. has provided BitTorrent tracking and seeding for NeoOffice 1.2.2 and 2.0 releases, helping to alleviate the crushing bandwidth demands on the download mirrors.

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