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Softmaker Office 2018 for Linux is out now
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2018, 05:45    Post subject:  Softmaker Office 2018 for Linux is out now  

Here's a link for those who are interested;

http://www.softmaker.com/en/

What does everyone think? At the moment I'm cool on the idea of upgrading to it (I have a paid-for copy of Office 2016), especially for £44.99. I didn't like the ribbon (a new feature in Office 2018) when it was introduced in Microsoft Office, though it can be turned off in Softmaker.

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Feb 2018, 09:31    Post subject:  

I have been using the free 2016 and 2018 Beta... i like it. Reminds me of StarOffice back in the day... also from Germany.... Softmaker runs great on my Puppies.
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Sun 11 Feb 2018, 09:54    Post subject:  

There doesn't seem to be an autosave function in Textmaker 2018 (I can't find one in the manual).

I've just lost about a quarter of an hour's work when the program crashed (or I closed it accidentally) ... no major harm done as I was able to reinstate it, but it would definitely deter me from purchasing the program. I probably need to check with the Softmaker forum about whether I'm right about this though.

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PostPosted: Sun 11 Feb 2018, 15:13    Post subject:  

gee I just ran across the autosave on and off I think..... but can not find it again!
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Feb 2018, 09:58    Post subject:  

Colonel Panic wrote:
There doesn't seem to be an autosave function in Textmaker 2018 (I can't find one in the manua).

Tools->Options->Files->Auto recovery
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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Feb 2018, 03:04    Post subject:  

jrb wrote:
Colonel Panic wrote:
There doesn't seem to be an autosave function in Textmaker 2018 (I can't find one in the manua).

Tools->Options->Files->Auto recovery


Thanks. I'm still waiting for someone to reply to my post on the Softmaker forum.

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PostPosted: Sat 26 May 2018, 04:17    Post subject:  

I'm disappointed with Softmaker at the moment. I tried to install my copy of Office 2016, which I've registered and paid for, and was told it had been used on too many devices (not so; I only have the one device, the computer in my signature) and I should contact Softmaker for support. I've done so twice now in the last week and they have yet to respond.
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PostPosted: Mon 28 May 2018, 09:42    Post subject:  

I've just heard from the Softmaker team and they've reset my product key so I can use Office 2016 again. Took them a week but they did it, so all is well again.
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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2018, 15:31    Post subject:  

Hiya, Colonel.

So; what's the difference between Office & FreeOffice.....apart from the latter being, as its title suggests, 'free'? I gotta confess, no way would I shell out for the paid version.....not when the free version works as well as it does (and is pretty much replacing LO for me throughout the kennels.)

For anyone who's interested, I've just released the new Puppy packages for FreeOffice 2018, here.

Is the paid version really worth the outlay?


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Colonel Panic


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PostPosted: Tue 29 May 2018, 17:33    Post subject:  

Hi Mike,

I got Office 2016 at a good price (about £18 if I remember rightly), and for me it was and still is worth it. It has better dictionaries than Free Office, can save documents in the latest version of Word, and has tabbed editing (like tabbed browsing in Firefox). It also has a built-in file manager, though I've never used it.

As you say though Free Office does most of the things the full office suite does, and for many people those advantages are marginal. Free Office 2018 appears to write documents in Office 2016 format, which I think should be enough for almost everybody.

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