NeoOffice is a fun little invention.  Big invention really.  It was a long time coming—at least to my official radar.  StarOffice, the open-source word-processing/spreadsheeting/and-general-Microsoft-Office-competitor was the main freeware download I’d go-to when word-processing was needed, and Microsoft-mandated *.doc files were a good idea (which is pretty much always, unless you don’t care who sees the file except yourself).

A few great points for the NeoOffice:

1) It’s functional and easy-to-use.: It actually works!  I can generate documents that are compatible with my other systems with less hiccups than my OpenOffice or StarOffice experience, less annoying dialogue-box pop-up experience, and so forth.

2) It’s local.  Yes, as much as I love the virtualization cloud that so many people are relying on (though it may not be EMP or Solar Storm proof—eep!) and its promise of a united human uberconsciousness/omni-mind, I have to say that the current offerings online are a wee bit sad, as far as their word-processing power.  Yes, I say: This is a far-sight better, as well, than the cloud-based systems which keep things ubiquitously accessible, but also somewhat elementary—particularly for my designer, and data-manager tastes.

3) It’s easy to use.  Yup.  I’ve struggled the alternative interfaces of the major competing free software (and though I can’t complain about anything that was given away free, I still do find that they had some problems) … The ones I’ve used have been great, but they’ve been hard to figure out, and have given me some very weird bugs in the past.  Maybe I’m missing something good and obvious (with the others) or something bad and obvious (with NeoOffice), but I’ll have to ring in on the side of Neo for now.

But that’s all great, but that’s not my stand-up-and-cheer reason for writing this blog…

What makes NeoOffice so cool?  Aside from its awe-inspiring, sunset with a sailing ship in a spherical bottle logo, it is for the Mac

‘Nuff said.