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Brett James (AKA berchca) is the author of, in turn, NeoIconer, OfficeThemer, and Iconic, applications that helped the toolbar icon set creators replace the thousands of icons in NeoOffice with icons of their own creation. NeoOffice users loved his programs, too, since they made it easy to try out new icon sets (especially in the notoriously hard-to-theme NeoOffice 1.x releases). In real life, Brett works as a filmmaker. Brett James (AKA berchca) is the author of, in turn, NeoIconer, OfficeThemer, and Iconic, applications that helped the toolbar icon set creators replace the thousands of icons in NeoOffice with icons of their own creation. NeoOffice users loved his programs, too, since they made it easy to try out new icon sets (especially in the notoriously hard-to-theme NeoOffice 1.x releases). In real life, Brett works as a filmmaker.
-==== NeoWiki Translators ====+==== NeoWiki Translators and Editors====
-The [[Main Page|NeoWiki]] is available in five languages thanks to the tireless efforts of a group of translators who bring every word in English into their native tongue. Of the many people working on the wiki, the following have made the largest contributions over the past few years. Before [https://trinity.neooffice.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6298&highlight=passing+jgd|her death], [[User:jgd|jgd]] translated a large number of articles from English to French, added many new articles in French, and translated some of them to English. [[User:valterb|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. [[User:RoyFocker|RoyFocker]] likewise made the Spanish version of the wiki a reality in just a short time and contributed new articles on styles. [[User:Lorinda|Lorinda]] added a number of new articles, revised and polished others, and translated into English many of the articles that existed only in French.+The [[Main Page|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 [https://trinity.neooffice.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6298&highlight=passing+jgd|her death], [[User:jgd|jgd]] translated a large number of articles from English to French, added many new articles in French, and translated some of them to English. [[User:valterb|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. [[User:RoyFocker|RoyFocker]] likewise made the Spanish version of the wiki a reality in just a short time and contributed new articles on styles. [[User:Lorinda|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, [[User:James3359|James3359]] has written several new articles in English.
==== NeoOffice Support Team ==== ==== NeoOffice Support Team ====
-A number of NeoOffice community members help every day in the [http://trinity.neooffice.org forum], helping users with questions and problems and reproducing bugs so that developers can fix them. Among the most active are [[User:Lorinda|Lorinda]], [[User:Samwise|Samwise]], [[User:yoxi|yoxi]], and [[User:James3359|James3359]].+A number of NeoOffice community members help every day in the [http://trinity.neooffice.org forum], helping users with questions and problems and reproducing bugs so that developers can fix them. Among the most active are [[User:Samwise|Samwise]], [[User:James3359|James3359]], [[User:yoxi|yoxi]], and [[User:Lorinda|Lorinda]].
==== Smokey Ardisson ==== ==== Smokey Ardisson ====

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Last updated: 09 January 2010

N.B. This is the general-purpose press kit for NeoOffice. (The press kit for NeoOffice 1.1, released in June 2005, is still available here and the press kit for NeoOffice 2.1, released in March 2007, is still available here.)

Contents

Writing a story about NeoOffice®?

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

The NeoOffice office suite is a powerful bundle of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database applications for Mac OS X. Based on the latest stable OpenOffice.org codebase, NeoOffice offers a full feature set that individual and business users alike expect from a complete office solution (see feature listing here).

NeoOffice extensively integrates OpenOffice.org with the Mac OS X experience. Key Macintosh features added to NeoOffice but missing from OpenOffice.org include native open and save dialogs, a native Aqua menu bar, Aqua widgets, use of the Mac OS X printing system, full clipboard support, drag-and-drop, Mac "command" key shortcuts, mouse scrolling, integration with major Mac email clients, native support for Mac fonts, Media Browser support, trackpad gestures, and Mac OS X Leopard grammar checking support. NeoOffice is compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.x and above, supporting both the PowerPC and Intel architectures.

NeoOffice Mobile provides a way to securely share NeoOffice files with other users and other computers. It works by allowing you to "publish" a document from within NeoOffice to the NeoOffice Mobile server using a secure, encrypted connection. Once documents are published, they can be viewed using secure connections from regular web browsers or web-enabled mobile devices. Also, for NeoOffice users with NeoOffice Mobile installed, previously published documents can be opened directly in NeoOffice.

Perhaps most significantly, NeoOffice is free, open source software. By "free", we mean that unlike comparable office suites such as Microsoft Office, one may legally make and use as many copies of NeoOffice as one likes—without expense or costly licensing fees. But "free" has a second meaning. NeoOffice is open-source, meaning the source-code (the written set of instructions in computer language) has been "freed" (or "liberated") for anyone to use, modify, or redistribute in accordance with a license created just for this purpose, the GNU General Public License (GPL).

NeoOffice vs. Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice.org

See our Feature Comparison page for a detailed comparison of three Mac office suites: NeoOffice, Microsoft Office, and OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X (X11).

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is NeoOffice?
    NeoOffice is a Mac OS X-native version of OpenOffice.org that runs on Mac OS X 10.3.x and above. It looks (mostly) like a "normal" Aqua Mac OS X application and does not require X11 software to run.
  2. Is NeoOffice a Java application?
    No, NeoOffice is 99% C and C++ code, just like OpenOffice.org. NeoOffice uses small amounts of Java code for graphics drawing and configuration.
  3. What is OpenOffice.org?
    OpenOffice.org is both an open source project and a suite of office applications available for many operating systems and in many languages. The OpenOffice.org suite is largely feature-compatible with Microsoft Office. Sun Microsystems is the primary corporate sponsor of OpenOffice.org.
  4. What is the relationship between NeoOffice and OpenOffice.org?
    NeoOffice is part of the NeoOffice.org project, which is separate from the OpenOffice.org project. However, NeoOffice's primary developers were both main contributors to the port of OpenOffice.org to the X11 environment on Mac OS X, Patrick Luby as the manager of Sun's cancelled port of StarOffice to Mac OS X, and Edward Peterlin as lead developer of the Mac port of OpenOffice.org 1.0.x.
    NeoOffice uses core cross-platform OpenOffice.org code under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), and the NeoOffice.org developers have contributed bug-fixes in code shared by both applications back to the OpenOffice.org project and to the ooo-build process used by Linux developers working on OpenOffice.org. In addition to contributing bug-fixes, the NeoOffice developers have provided advice and assistance to the Mac X11 porting team from time to time.
  5. Why is NeoOffice separate from OpenOffice.org?
    NeoOffice was originally separate from OpenOffice.org because of both licensing and resource issues. At the time the NeoOffice project began, OpenOffice.org's SISSL license allowed companies to create proprietary products using OpenOffice.org. While the creators of NeoOffice have no problem with people making money selling software, they felt that the SISSL license would result in several proprietary Mac OS X versions of OpenOffice.org. So, instead, the developers created a separate open source project that releases code under the GNU General Public License (GPL) to ensure that any improvements to NeoOffice made by commercial organizations can be added back to NeoOffice where it can benefit everyone and not just the commercial organization that made the improvement. Beginning with OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta 2, the leaders of the OpenOffice.org project dropped the SISSL license and left the code licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public Licesnse (LGPL) only.
    Though the potential for proliferation of proprietary Mac OS X versions of OpenOffice.org is no longer an issue, the problem of resource consumption and coordination persists. NeoOffice remains separate from OpenOffice.org because the developers can develop, release, and support a native Mac OS X office suite with much less time and money than they could if they worked within the OpenOffice.org project. The OpenOffice.org project and infrastructure is designed to handle tens or hundreds of millions of users on Windows, Solaris, and Linux, and the project requires intensive coordination that can only be performed well by full-time employees—Sun staff whose jobs are to code OpenOffice.org and StarOffice for those three platforms. Because Mac OS X is not a "tier 1" platform for OpenOffice.org or Sun, any Mac OS X work in OpenOffice.org would have to be coordinated with the OpenOffice.org paid staff to ensure that the Mac OS X work does not conflict with any work on the Windows, Linux, or Solaris platforms and with Sun's goals. By running a separate project, the NeoOffice developers have eliminated most of this coordination time and have used that time savings on things that are important to NeoOffice users such as frequent bug fixes and responsive support.
  6. Why is NeoOffice released under the GNU General Public License (GPL)?
    NeoOffice development is done entirely by volunteers. The developers of NeoOffice believe that users of Mac OS X benefit from a free (both in cost and in usage rights) office suite, and they want to ensure that any improvements that are made to the NeoOffice codebase are freely available so that everyone may benefit.

For more FAQs about the design and development of NeoOffice, visit the NeoOffice and Aqua page.

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

Transparent PNG
(Logo/Application Icon)


NeoOffice logo (PNG)
256x256, 72 dpi, 83 KB

JPEG
(Logo/Application Icon)


NeoOffice logo (JPG)
128x128, 72 dpi, 9 KB
 

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.

Screenshots

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 OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org code with Mac OS X.

In 2002, two developers of the Mac OS X OpenOffice.org community porting effort, Edward Peterlin and Dan Williams, started an open source project at NeoOffice.org. They needed a stable, unchanging codebase in order to make sweeping changes to OpenOffice.org for Mac-specific work, which wasn't possible under the development system employed by OpenOffice.org. 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 NeoOffice.org 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 NeoOffice.org community worked together to improve the application. By fall of that year, NeoOffice/J 0.7 (based on the OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org 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 NeoOffice.org community, moved NeoOffice/J to the current OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org 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 NeoOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org 1.1.x codebase while the developers began to focus their efforts on NeoOffice 2, which would be based on the OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org 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: Quick Look support, Media Browser support, trackpad gestures, and Mac OS X Leopard grammar checking, Snow Leopard support, the NeoOffice Mobile online document sharing solution, Native Mac OS X text highlighting, and smoother text kerning.

Press Releases

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

User Testimonials and Migration Stories

We need to be extremely grateful to the people behind NeoOffice.org: They've put together a superb set of intuitive, productive and stable tools, which are basically free!

user MAXEMOM in a post on MacUpdate, August 2009 [1]

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 [2]

Anyone who needs to write but doesn't want to cough up over $100 bucks to do so should download NeoOffice and give it a try. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

user CRYPTIQUE in a post on VersionTracker, November 2008 [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.

I moved over to my PowerPC iMac about 15 months ago, after using Windows for the previous 15 years, where I had always used MS Office.

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/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.

Community

Over the years, a vibrant NeoOffice community has emerged at trinity.neooffice.org ("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 download.neooffice.org/neojava 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

The NeoOffice community would like to extend special thanks to the anonymous donor whose generous contribution funded most of the NeoOffice 2.1 development work and the 12 NeoOffice mirror sites which handle up to 4 terabytes of downloads every month.

Profiles

While the combined efforts of dozens of people have made possible the development of NeoOffice and the 2.1 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 resides in Santa Clara, California, USA with his wife. 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 CEO and Chief Engineer of Planamesa Software, a small software development company in the San Francisco Bay area.

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 OpenOffice.org Mac OS X (X11) porting effort and a co-founder of NeoOffice.org and main developer of NeoOffice. He also provides much of the development and community infrastructure: the CVS server, the trinity forums, and the neooffice.org 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. He resides in Santa Barbara, California. As a lead developer on the Mac OS X port of OpenOffice.org 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.

Jacob Haddon

Jacob Haddon (AKA jakeOSX) is a long-time member of the NeoOffice.org community. He hosts and administers the NeoWiki and is working on setting up infrastructure to allow multilingual interlinked versions for our global audience. Back before the demand for NeoOffice required 50 GB/day of bandwidth, Jacob also mirrored the NeoOffice binaries; now he just moonlights as the NeoOffice.org webmaster. Jacob also put together the launch shortcuts for quick launching into the NeoOffice application of your choice. In real life, he's a rocket scientist and author.

Dan Bennett

Dan Bennett (AKA foxcorner) designed the new splash screen for NeoOffice/J 1.1 just to see if he could, and he did 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 NeoOffice 2.1. 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 computer art as a hobby, as can be seen from his website.

Armando Nava

Armando Nava (AKA Punto_Mac) designed the vast majority of the new toolbar icons in NeoOffice 2.1 (aka the Akua icon set). 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.

Brett James

Brett James (AKA berchca) is the author of, in turn, NeoIconer, OfficeThemer, and Iconic, applications that helped the toolbar icon set creators replace the thousands of icons in NeoOffice with icons of their own creation. NeoOffice users loved his programs, too, since they made it easy to try out new icon sets (especially in the notoriously hard-to-theme NeoOffice 1.x releases). In real life, Brett works as a filmmaker.

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 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, yoxi, and Lorinda.

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. During 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.

FreeSMUG.org

FreeSMUG.org 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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