Sunday, October 02, 2005

OpenOffice.org into the water

I just read an announcement on OSNews.com linking to an article telling us that the OpenOffice.org team has decided to develope a port of their great office suite for Apple Mac OS X.
This is great news, now Macintosh users finally have a good alternative to Microsoft Office for the Mac and AppleWorks.
NeoOffice.org already took a shot at this goal with NeoOffice/J based on the old OpenOffice.org 1.x series, but seeing the OpenOffice.org developers giving a shot at it, is a bright perspective. If I understood it correctly it will look like the average ordinary Aqua application, which is a real improvement compared to NeoOffice/J which was only partially Aqua style.

Keep up the good work OOo.

4 comments:

Dennis Laumen said...

Yeah this absolutely great news... I wanted to blog it too but you beat me to it ;) (They don't call you Progress without reason)

Finally a decent OS X Office Suite!!! NeoOffice/J works fine but it's development cycle is a little slow (I once read that the NeoOffice guys are complaining because the OOo code is pretty hard to get into and pretty hard to port).

There aren't really any alternatives yet... any self-respecting Mac-user wouldn use Microsoft software on their beloved Apples. Apple Works I personally don't have any experience with but it looks more like a "let's make it easier for a home user to create a fancy document"-Suite than a "hey let's start writing some serious reports"-Suit (Although the keynote software looks good).

Most users however will have enough with what Apple Works offers as virtually no home user knows how to use Word anyway. Now there is a free alternative...

Dennis Laumen said...

Hmm I check your blogs too quickly I thought this was Pascal's blog :D

(hence the Progress reference)

Pascal de Bruijn said...

Exactly, finally we might have a proper Office suite to use on Mac OS X...

Pascal de Bruijn said...

btw, nice word play on Aqua...