The NeoOffice project has released the first free public beta of its upcoming 2.0 software. NeoOffice is a port of the OpenOffice.org codebase to native Mac OS X APIs and toolkits. The result is an office suite that is integrated with OS X core functionality.You can download NeoOffice Aqua 2.0 Beta 3 at the NeoOffice Web site. Prior beta releases were made available to paying members of an “early access” program several weeks ago — a fund-raising mechanism used to support development of NeoOffice, which is a separate and distinct effort from the largely Sun-underwritten OpenOffice.org project.
Although OpenOffice.org 2.0 is available for OS X, it is an X11 binary. NeoOffice uses a fully native Aqua interface, is integrated with OS X system services such as clipboard, drag-and-drop, and Spotlight, and uses OS X’s font, printing, and internationalization subsystems.
NeoOffice consumes a lot of RAM, and if you are primarily interested in word processing, Abiword for OS X is both smaller and conspicuously faster. But NeoOffice is head and shoulders above the existing X11 port of OpenOffice.org on OS X, so for a full-featured office suite, it looks like a clear winner.
This is sweetness for you MACheads out there. Wish I could afford one (A MAC NOT THIS OPEN SOURCE FREEWARE silly).
Download the app from HERE.
Note: The app comes as a DMG file (that’s MAcspeak for disk image). You have a mac so you should be able to mount the image or extract it and run the installer.