Developer(s)Planamesa Software
Final release
2022.7 / 2 September 2023
Operating systemmacOS 11+
TypeOffice suite
LicenseMPL 2.0[1]

NeoOffice was an office suite for the macOS operating system developed by Planamesa Inc. It was a commercial fork of the free and open source LibreOffice office suite, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, and graphics program. It added some features not present in the macOS versions of LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice.[2] The last few versions were based on LibreOffice 4.4, which was released mid-2014.

The last version was 2022.7, released 2 September 2023.[3]

NeoOffice is no longer active as of December 2023. The project recommends users move to LibreOffice,[4] to which Patrick Luby of NeoOffice is a contributor.[5]


Versions of for Mac prior to 3.0 did not have a native Mac OS X interface; they required that either or XDarwin be installed.

NeoOffice was the first fork to offer a native Mac OS X experience, with easier installation, better integration into the Mac OS X interface (pull-down menus at the top of the screen and familiar keyboard shortcuts, for example), use of Mac OS X's fonts and printing services without additional configuration, and integration with the Mac OS X clipboard and drag-and-drop functions. Subsequently, both LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice followed NeoOffice's lead and implemented similarly native Mac OS X interfaces.

NeoOffice began as a project to investigate methods of creating a native port of to Mac OS X. The project now called NeoOffice was originally dubbed "NeoOffice/J", reflecting its use of Mac OS X's Java integration to enable a native application. A related project was NeoOffice/C, which was a simultaneous effort to develop a version using Apple's Cocoa APIs. But NeoOffice/C proved very difficult to implement and the application was highly unstable, so the project was set aside in favor of the more promising NeoOffice/J. The "/J" suffix was dropped with version 1.2, since there was no longer another variety of NeoOffice from which to distinguish it. Many of these releases were preceded by a version that only Early Access Members could download; these versions were released about a month before the official release date.

All versions from NeoOffice 3.1.1 to NeoOffice 2015 were based on 3.1.1, though latter versions included stability fixes from LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice.[6] NeoOffice 2017 and later versions are fully based on LibreOffice.[7]

In 2013, NeoOffice moved to a commercial distribution model via the Mac App Store. As of 2016, the source code is still available for free, but the software package was only available with the purchase of a commercial license.[8] This has changed in 2022 as the code and all commits are released on GitHub. Moreover, the whole application is free of charge. Currently the NeoOffice website has the tag line, "An old fork of LibreOffice", and the notice: "The NeoOffice project is no longer active. As a replacement, you may want to try LibreOffice".

A timeline of major derivatives of StarOffice and with NeoOffice in light purple
OOo version Version Release date Release Notes NeoOffice/C 0.0.1 June 22, 2003 Incendiary Goblin build
1.1.2 NeoOffice/J 1.1 Alpha 2 September, 2004
1.1.3 NeoOffice/J 1.1 Beta December, 2004
1.1.4 NeoOffice/J 1.1 RC March, 2005
NeoOffice/J 1.1 June 22, 2005
2.0 NeoOffice 1.2 Alpha November, 2005
2.0.1 NeoOffice 1.2 Beta January 2, 2006
NeoOffice 1.2 February 1, 2006
2.0.2 NeoOffice 1.2.2 March 30, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha PowerPC April 25, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 2 PowerPC May 9, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 3 PowerPC May 23, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha Intel June 5, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 2 Intel June 19, 2006
2.0.3 NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 4 July 1, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta August 1, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta 2 August 15, 2006
NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta 3 August 29, 2006
2.1.0 NeoOffice 2.1 March 26, 2007 Introduced an icon set with designs that more closely resemble typical Mac OS X icons than those of
2.2.1 NeoOffice 2.2.1 August 27, 2007
NeoOffice 2.2.2 October 9, 2007 Bug fixes[9]
NeoOffice 2.2.3 March 17, 2008 QuickTime video support, Menus available when no documents are open, Import images from scanners and cameras[10]
NeoOffice 2.2.4 June 16, 2008 Media browser support, native floating tool windows, support for newer touchpad gestures, support for horizontal scrolling[11][12]
NeoOffice 2.2.5 September 15, 2008 Bug fixes, speed improvements, apple remote support in Impress.[13][14]
NeoOffice 2.2.6 October 27, 2009 Last version to support Mac OS X 10.3.
3.0.1 NeoOffice 3.0 March 31, 2009 Introduced access to the Mac OS X spellchecker, grammar checker, address book and media browser; users of languages not supported by the Mac OS X spellchecker can use the Hunspell system originally used. It also improved support for Microsoft Word 2007, Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 documents, and for spreadsheets with Visual Basic for Applications macros that made their debut in version 2.1.[15] Speed improvements, command clicking on window titlebar, Mac OS X 10.5 grammar checker. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or above.[16]
NeoOffice 3.0.1 October 27, 2009
NeoOffice 3.0.2 February 1, 2010 Added native Mac OS X text highlighting, smoother text kerning and more[17]
3.1.1 NeoOffice 3.1.1 May 10, 2010[18] Added support for "Look Up in Dictionary" context menu item in Writer to look up a word's definition, if it exists, in Mac OS X's Dictionary application. Also, users can view 10 versions of each NeoOffice Mobile file, The NeoOffice Mobile window is collapsible, and the NeoOffice Mobile menu uses less space in NeoOffice's menubar.
NeoOffice 3.1.2 September 7, 2010 Temporary files are encrypted when FileVault is enabled. Fix for bugs that cause embedded images to be lost after saving Writer or Impress documents.
NeoOffice 3.2 19 April 2011[19] Mac OS X 10.7 Lion support, more font support, smaller PDFs
NeoOffice 3.3 22 August 2012[20] High resolution text on Retina displays, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and Gatekeeper, Cocoa replaces Java[21]
NeoOffice 3.4 22 October 2013[22] OS X 10.9 support, last version to support 10.6 & 10.7.
NeoOffice 2013 9 August 2013[23] First NeoOffice version available in Mac App Store, OS X 10.8 minimum required.
NeoOffice 2014 12 June 2014[24] 64-bit and OS X 10.10 support
NeoOffice 2015 9 September 2015[25] OS X 10.11 support.[26]
LibreOffice version Version Release date Release Notes
4.4 NeoOffice 2017 17 August 2017[27] First version to be based on LibreOffice[27]
NeoOffice 2022.1 25 June 2022[28] Universal installer, runs natively on Apple silicon Mac computers[28]

Supported file formats

Listed here, in the order of appearance in the Save As dialogue box, are the file formats supported for saving documents in NeoOffice 3.1.2. In cases where NeoOffice is used to edit a document originally in a Microsoft format, NeoOffice can save to that format without loss of formatting.

Word processor application

Spreadsheet application

Presentation application

Graphics application

Database application

Formula application

(*Pre-chosen save default format.)
By default, NeoOffice loads and saves files in the OpenDocument file format, although this can be changed by the user. The OpenDocument file format is an XML file format standardized by OASIS (Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards).


Sun first released under both the LGPL and SISSL, later under only the LGPL, with a requirement for copyright assignment for any contributions to the main code base, which allowed Sun to create proprietary versions of the software (notably StarOffice). NeoOffice chose not to assign its code to Sun, which prevented Sun from using NeoOffice code in official versions.

There were initially some attempts to resolve the licensing differences and foster more direct cooperation and code-sharing between the NeoOffice and developers. However, the NeoOffice developers said that they preferred to work separately from because "coordination requires a significant amount of time."[29] The developers said that "a proposal to work together has been made, and NeoOffice developers refused".[30] The NeoOffice developers subsequently expressed support for LibreOffice and the launch of The Document Foundation.[31]

See also


  1. ^ "LibreOffice developers: NeoOffice changes source code license to MPL v2.0". Planamesa Inc. Retrieved 2 April 2023.
  2. ^ "NeoOffice features". Planamesa Inc. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Release NeoOffice 2022.7 Professional Edition · neooffice/NeoOffice". GitHub.
  4. ^ "Update · neooffice/NeoOffice@f25e61f". GitHub.
  5. ^ "Credits | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Based on OpenOffice - Compatible with Microsoft".
  6. ^ Pluby (7 November 2013). "Mac App Store complaints". Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  7. ^ Pluby (2 May 2017). "NeoOffice 2017 Beta Professional Edition released". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ "NeoOffice FAQ". Planamesa Inc. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  9. ^ "2.2.2 Release Notes". Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
  10. ^ "2.2.3 Release Notes". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
  11. ^ "NeoOffice 2.2.4 Announcement". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  12. ^ "2.2.4 Release Notes". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  13. ^ "NeoOffice 2.2.5 Announcement". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  14. ^ "2.2.5 Release Notes". Archived from the original on 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  15. ^ "NeoOffice 2.1 release announcement". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  16. ^ "NeoOffice 3.0 Announcement". Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  17. ^ "New Features of 3.0.2". Archived from the original on 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  18. ^ "NeoOffice 3.1.1 released". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  19. ^ "NeoOffice® 3.2 for Mac OS X Released". NeoOffice. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  20. ^ "Template:NeoOfficeWords". NeoWiki. NeoOffice. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  21. ^ "NeoOffice® 3.3 for Mac OS X Released". NeoOffice. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  22. ^ pluby (22 October 2013). "NeoOffice 3.4 released". Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  23. ^ pluby (9 August 2013). "NeoOffice 2013 is now in the Mac App Store". Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  24. ^ pluby (12 June 2014). "NeoOffice 2014 released in the Mac App Store". Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  25. ^ pluby (9 September 2015). "NeoOffice 2015 Classic Edition released". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  26. ^ "NeoOffice Download". 9 September 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  27. ^ a b pluby (17 August 2017). "NeoOffice 2017 Professional Edition released". Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  28. ^ a b pluby (25 June 2022). "NeoOffice 2022.1 released". Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  29. ^ "NeoOffice FAQ's". Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  30. ^ FAQ and NeoOffice Archived 2007-10-06 at the Wayback Machine from the OOo wiki
  31. ^ The Document Foundation (28 September 2010). " Community announces The Document Foundation". Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.