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answered 2013-02-04 20:38:50 +0200qubit
I usually give OSX users a copy of LibreOffice if they ask for something that can open all of the Word/Excel files that people send them (which is their primary use case :-). Speaking more generally, I think that LibreOffice provides one of the best FLOSS 'office suite' tools, and has a solid community of both paid contributors and volunteers.
One issue I've had with NeoOffice is that I couldn't find an open/free support forum. In the past few months I've tried to help out a handful of people who were having problems with NeoOffice, but because you must have a paid support contract to use the official NeoOffice forums (and because I don't regularly use OSX), I saw no reason for me to pay them $100 a year just so that I could help triage someone else's problem.
There's a comparison of NeoOffice, OpenOffice.org, and LibreOffice on the NeoOffice site, however it hasn't been updated in 6 months and probably isn't including all of the features that LibreOffice has added since then: http://neowiki.neooffice.org/index.php/NeoOffice_Feature_Comparison
In terms of releases, the latest stable release of LO was 5 days ago, while the latest stable release of NeoOffice was over 5 months ago. I believe that LibreOffice has a number of new features and feature-improvements that are not present in NeoOffice.
If I were using a Mac, I'd use LibreOffice.
In any case, good luck with whatever software you choose!
answered 2013-02-04 19:02:01 +0200xavivars
According to NeoOffice website, NeoOffice still includes some features LibreOffice doesn't.
While OpenOffice and LibreOffice now have their own Mac OS X versions, Patrick and Ed continually add improvements to NeoOffice that our Mac OS X users will not find in OpenOffice or LibreOffice ...
But I guess that's also true in the opposite way: I don't think NeoOffice devs backport all new development in LibreOffice, and being LibreOffice's community bigger than NeoOffice one, I guess it will improve Mac OSX support faster than NeoOffice will implement all new features.
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Asked: 2012-08-19 18:25:53 +0200
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