Remember when the open source FTP app CyberDuck was free? If you want to get it from the Mac App Store it comes with a hefty price tag. NeoOffice, the once free and venerable Microsoft Office-like suite of apps for the Mac, has taken on a price tag.
For those of you whose eyebrows wiggled at the thought of a Microsoft Office-like suite of apps that’s free, that’s what NeoOffice is. Or was. Or might still be depending upon the version you want and whether or not you need to save files.
What you get in NeoOffice from the Mac App Store is a suite of apps that more or less mimic and reflect the basics of Microsoft’s Office apps: Writer for Word, Calc for Excel, Impress for PowerPoint.
NeoOffice reads Microsoft Office files (most of the time), saves files that can be opened in Office (most of the time), and, like Microsoft Office, comes with a price tag if you buy from the Mac App Store.
Why is what was once free now blessed with a price tag? Think of it as a donation and you’ll worry less. The free version of NeoOffice still exists so you can try the suite of apps before buying. The free version is exactly that. Free.
It just won’t save any files.