|date of original post on Blogger: May 27, 2008 – updated here Oct 10, 2009
OpenOffice has been for long time a free alternative to MS Office.
Until recently on the Mac it needed to install X11 – which was a bit annoying. This is why the NeoOffice project started: It is was OpenOffice independent branch dedicated to the Mac and based on Aqua. It also opened the new MS formats (e.g. ppx) – before OpenOffice did! It also has an interface to Databases (can access a database through JDBC).
NoMu is a nice add on that installs a menu in the finder for launching NeoOffice in a different mode (e.g. as presentation or spreadsheet tool).
Alternatively, you can launch it from the shell as
/Applications/NeoOffice.app/Contents/MacOS/soffice.bin -impress file.ppt
/Applications/NeoOffice.app/Contents/MacOS/soffice.bin -calc file.xls
Here are some resources:
- Basic programming language documentation (StarOffice)
- OpenOffice wiki
- OpenOffice forum with a section on Macros and APIs