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Monday, April 2, 2007

XML files on a Mac!

Macs took a huge hit when Microsoft released Office 2007 for Windows that saves in XML format but announced Mac would have to wait until Fall. We are basically in this transition period, we have no Universal Binary (Intel compatible) version of Office for Mac and it also doesn't support the new file format. The Intel issue is the same since Intel Macs were released and it's a pain but it's not the end of the world. The XML file format is a big problem however. More and more Windows users are moving to the more open XML. Thanks to open source programs, however, Macs can now operate a Universal XML compatible version of Office now for free. The solution is NeoOffice. I tried the application for a while and it works remarkably well and it doesn't even needs X11 (Open Office requires X11). This proves that the open source community has a better access to the required resources to update a software more quickly to support new technologies! You can download Neo Office here from MacUpdate!


Blogger Breno Neri said...

The new release of Open Office does not require X11 anymore.

April 1, 2007 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

According to both MacUpdate and, the latest version of Open Office released on March 29th requires X11.
MacUpdate link here.

I like OpenOffice as well, I just think NeoOffice is easier to install and use at the moment!


April 1, 2007 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'll first say I've been using NeoOffice since I got my first intel mac in Feb of last year and I enjoy it's freeness. However it takes a while to load because it loads all aspects of office at once. I, so far, have only used Writer which I'm sure would take a small fraction of the time to load if it were loaded individualy. Other than that, I really like what NeoOffice has to offer :)

April 1, 2007 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Hagablog said...

TextEdit can write XML.

April 2, 2007 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am sorry for using the comment system here, but I have looked and looked, but I can not find anything on any of your blogs that say how to contact you. Any and all help would be appreciated.

- Dustin

April 2, 2007 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

Hi Dustin! Sorry the contact email is not in a better place. If you are using the widget, it brings you to an individual page with no links in the sidebar. You can click on "A New Mac Tip Every Day" at the top to go back to the main page. In the main page, there is a list of links in the sidebar. There is one for submitting tips and another one for questions or comments. Either one is fine. I'll work on getting the links in the tips page.


April 2, 2007 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

NeoOffice absolutely destoys a chart in Excel. I'm quite disappointed. The new version of OpenOffice (X11 still required) is much better at emulating MS Office.

April 3, 2007 at 7:17 PM  
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