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SoftMaker Office 2010 for Linux Public Beta Free
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pemasu


Joined: 08 Jul 2009
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Location: Finland

PostPosted: Sun 14 Mar 2010, 07:48    Post subject:  

I have gotten now my SoftmakerSmall sfs to 33 Mb. So it is quite small for *. doc, *.rtf and *.docx compatible text editor and reader. And the app opening speed is spectacular.
Well I use it also because of finnish hyphenation. I dont have a clue howto install finnish hyphenation and spell checker to finnish linux openoffice. There even isnt any guide to do that. Only mention that it comes with distro from distro repo.
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mikeslr


Joined: 16 Jun 2008
Posts: 765
Location: Union New Jersey USA

PostPosted: Wed 17 Mar 2010, 11:50    Post subject: Softmaker Office for Windows runs under Wine
Subject description: Recommend signing up for beta in order to get announcements
 

Hi again,

I was lucky enough to obtain a free copy of Softmaker Office 2008 for XP when it was being given away. I also obtained 2008 for Linux but can't recall where I downloaded it to. Since I dual-boot XP & Puppy, I decided to explore the XP version. One of the neat things about it is that once you've installed it to your computer you can run its built in app to install it to a USB Key where it will reside in a folder. The USB Key version is fully portable: its folder can be copied back to the hard drive or anywhere else and will run from there.
The portablized version will run under Wine in Puppy, and appears to be fully functional (except, perhaps, as noted below). By the way, although Softmaker does not include a database program, there is a module under its Textmaker program to create (and use) databases. I haven't done more than start it, so I don't know its capabilities.
Also included in the suite is a programming language module advertised as being VB-like. Since I don't know Virtual Basic, I am not able to test it under Wine.
Despite that its 2010 beta freebee will probably become inoperable on March 31st, I strongly recommend obtaining it. Doing so puts you on Softmaker's mailing list to receive notice of specials, future offerings and freebees.

mikesLr
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jakfish

Joined: 18 Jul 2008
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Mar 2010, 12:27    Post subject:  

Since in Puppy 4.31, I run both Softmaker 2008 Linux and XP/Wine, I find that I can only print wirelessly in SM Linux.

I don't know why (had the same problem with 2006), because I can print wirelessly in MS Word 97/Wine.

Jake
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mikeslr


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Location: Union New Jersey USA

PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 11:25    Post subject: SM Office printing problem under Wine & Similar problems
Subject description: Linux proper vs. Windows Apps under Wine
 

Thanks jakfish for pointing that out. I didn't check out printing. As my printer died, and I rarely used it anyway, on those rare occasions when printing is needed I transfer the files to my wife's setup > and she's stuck in the '90s using that other system.('Laughing')
So I don't know if the problem you experienced is related, but for the sake of completeness my understanding is that portable JAVA currently either doesn't work, or is almost impossible to set up. Ergo, JAVA functions --including, for example, Database under OpenOffice Portable-- are unavailable. If you run a portable under windows, it will access the installed Windows JAVA console. And, similarly, when running a Linux App it will access the Linux JAVA console. But a portable written for Windows running under Wine apparently can't use the Linux JAVA installation. If printing from a portable Windows app is dependent on JAVA, it apparently, currently can't be done.

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jakfish

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2010, 11:36    Post subject:  

mikesir,

That makes a great deal of sense, and would explain why I can print from antiquated MS Word 97, but not from more sophisticated Softmaker.

And since I run java 1.6 in Puppy, that may account for printing successfully in SM 2006/2008 Linux.

But I'm in no way certain. I know I printed wirelessly in Word 97 before ever installing java on Puppy.

Wine, however, allows for endless tinkering in menu font, etc, making SM much more attractive in a netbook screen. Weirdly, SM, for all its customizations, won't let you change anything in its actual GUI. (edit: in SM Linux)

That's the only reason why I even play with SM/Wine, and why I keep coming back to MS Word 97, which runs beautifully in Puppy and with great speed.

Jake
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Gurglin

Joined: 13 Nov 2008
Posts: 63

PostPosted: Wed 23 Jun 2010, 16:17    Post subject:  

I downloaded the trial version and WOW! Fast, nice, much better than any other Office programme I have tried so far (including MS 2003 and 2007, OO 3.x and of course KOffice and the mediocre Abiword)
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Frank Cox

Joined: 01 Nov 2009
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PostPosted: Tue 07 Dec 2010, 01:55    Post subject: 2008 is Available Free again!  

You can download a key and the software for 2008 for free here :
http://www.softmaker.de/lh-down-en.htm
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vmars316


Joined: 26 Apr 2012
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Location: Brownsville, Texas, USA

PostPosted: Mon 26 Nov 2012, 14:42    Post subject:  

SoftMaker Office 2010 for Linux Public Beta Free

Actually, I am only interested in the TextMaker pgm.
I have 'SoftMaker Office 2010 for Windows', its great.
Its great for copy/paste from html in browser, then save as html,
and rtf and pdf.

None of the links here (that I checked out) work.

Anyone remember the link to "SoftMaker Office 2010 for Linux Public Beta Free"

Thanks...Vernon

vmars316
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don570


Joined: 10 Mar 2010
Posts: 3220
Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Mon 26 Nov 2012, 15:08    Post subject:  

When I downloaded it I thought it is was available
for only for a couple of weeks.

..But apparently you can still download it....

see 'Testversion herunterladen' which means 'Download test version'


http://www.softmaker.de/ofldemo.htm

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vmars316


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PostPosted: Mon 26 Nov 2012, 17:52    Post subject:  


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