derFunkenstein wrote:wtf? get out, Troll!
hahaha, I liked that.
riviera74 wrote:I do have a question: how comprehensive is NeoOffice and is it as useful at least as much as M$ Office 2007? Are there any compelling features (excluding price) that make NeoOffice worthwhile?
Yeah. At school the WinXp desktops all have Office2007 so I'll give a sum up of the differentiation. First off, I'd like to say that the new interface for Excel 2007 is screwy as hell. Don't get me wrong, it looks pretty and everything but, I think that they changed too many things all at once. I can see that they were trying to differentiate their product, and perhaps reinvent the wheel too, but the changes to the interface should've been more gradual. I haven't touched Word2007 much but from what I've glanced at it looks like it got the same treatment.
Disadvantages to NeoOffice? Yeah, there are some. The PowerPoint app, ironically called Impress
, could use some work. It's a bit slow and the interface is pretty clunky. Not exactly ready for prime time. Luckily it does
save in PowerPoint 97/2000/Xp format, and while I've never tested it, it could probably open and read such files too. Also I have no idea what "Draw" is supposed to do. I've never used something so user-un-friendly since Corel Draw4.
But as a Word substitute it does pretty well. Similar to modern cellphones, it tries to "guess" which word you're about to write as you're typing. At first this was sortof of a putoff since A)
I wasn't use to it. B)
At first it was usually wrong (it seems to learn patterns I think, tho). C)
And I never knew how to finish the word until recently, so even if it guessed right, I would just use the guess as a spelling guide. (FYI to finish a correct guess you just hit 'Enter'
). One distinct advantage it has over Word is it's hands-off implementation of Styles. The Styles tool is still there, but unlike Word it seems to be alot less intrusive. Can save in 97/2000/Xp and
the 2007 .docx format, but I reccomend the former over the latter.
The Excel portion seems equally capable. It does cell references and cell calls in the same fashion as one would expect. So far the only feature missing, perplexingly, is the "Insert Header and Footer" feature, which is kindof a bummer since some people do
ask for at least a file reference call on printed documents for auditing purposes. However it will at least let you save in .xls or the newer formats.
Yeah $300 btw for the MS Office 2008 suite is way too expensive, but I'm not sure I'd blame Microsoft on that one. It might be an Apple-added tax since it competes with the $80 iWork suite. Not sure if that breaks the rules, tho.
I also just remembered a totally unrelated suggestion: Kitty Spangles Solitaire
. Men insecure about their sexuality or trapped in their macho stereotypes need not apply. Also if you have simple tastes in your Solitaire, then there's probably a widget out there (or there's Free 3d Solitaire
) for you. At any rate, as long as you've got some kid gloves to put on, or perhaps a girlfriend to compete against/lose to, Kitty Spangles is a solid package. It has good polish and a well thought-out design, and the backgrounds are just soothing to my eyes. Doesn't hurt that it's cute as hell, too.