NeoOffice 2 Aqua Beta Available to Subscribers

NeoOffice 2 Aqua Beta NeoOffice, the OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X with a UI developed in Java, has released the Aqua beta to their supporters.

NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta is our first full Aqua release and uses native Aqua menus, file open and save dialogs, print dialogs, buttons, scrollbars, and many other native Aqua user interface elements.

What is different with this release is, the download will only be available to those who have purchased Early Access membership, until 29th August where it will become available to general public. You can purchase the Early Access membership for USD$25 (or $10 after the 15th). Or you can pay USD$60 to have unlimited subscription to their future early access programs.

I think it is a great idea for open source software to fund their development this way. Those who support it will get something extra, i.e. earlier access to the latest development, but they are not locking everyone else out as the new version will still be available when the time comes. This is especially true with NeoOffice where they don't get direct support from the OpenOffice.org guys, nor are they employed by Sun Microsystem to hack OOo.

NeoOffice 2 will require at least Mac OS X 10.3, or Mac OS X 10.4 if you are on a Mactel. I am in no hurry upgrading though -- I am still running an old version of NeoOffice 1.1.