NeoOffice 2013 Now on Mac App Store
Here is an interesting bit o’ news. A sandboxed version of NeoOffice is now available on the Mac App Store, which is OS X Mavericks (DP4) compatible and priced at a very reasonable $9.99. NeoOffice is recognized as the best OpenOffice-based productivity suite, but this latest move to monetize is sure to stir controversy.
• NeoOffice 2013 ($9.99)
— OS X Fullscreen Mode
— Significantly faster than OpenOffice and LibreOffice
— Native OS X text highlighting
— Native file locking and support for local, networked volumes
— OS X Services support
— Native floating tool windows
— Extremely stable Mac OS X code that has been in daily use by thousands of users
— Available in French, German, Italian, English (US), Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, English (UK), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
NeoOffice 2013 is compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview 4.
That said, a wiki page of what Planamesa took out of NeoOffice to pass Mac App Store muster is available, notably the removal features that require Java or Python. Also, individual language installers aren’t available and the Media Browser has been pulled, as well.
NeoOffice 2013: Value?
Back in April 2011, developer Planamesa began charging for NeoOffice support, a move that sparked some controversy and an bigger measure of whinging. Offering NeoOffice 2013 on the Mac App Store will likely lead to more of the same.
Ultimately, users will determine whether or not NeoOffice 2013 at $9.99 delivers real utility and value…
What’s your take?
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