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Softmake Freeoffice 2012 Update
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Fri 11 Jul 2014, 11:08    Post subject:  Softmake Freeoffice 2012 Update  

For those who may no longer get emails from Softmaker I just got notice of an update details as follows...

Quote:
Dear SoftMaker customer:

A few days ago, we updated FreeOffice for Windows. Now we have also
released revision 690 of FreeOffice for Linux.

You receive this notification for a free update since you are
registered as a user of FreeOffice for Linux.

What's new in this revision:

- Improved import and export filters
- Easy setting of the default font from within the Format/Character box
- All AutoShape effects from SoftMaker Office now also in FreeOffice
- Bug fixes

We recommend updating to the new revision. Do this easily by running
one of the FreeOffice applications and selecting "Check for Updates"
from the Help menu.

If FreeOffice is no longer installed or you have lost your serial
number, you can also download it again from the
http://www.freeoffice.com site.


there is a matching windows update at
http://www.softmaker.net/down/freeofficewindows.exe

This may be of interest to package builders here and i will update what I have soon.

mike
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ThoriumBlvd


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Aug 2014, 00:02    Post subject:  

Can you check if the odt and ods extensions from LO convert to FO filetype... the reverse is not needed here. Thanks.
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Aug 2014, 11:30    Post subject:  

odt can be opened.... ods cannot...though I usually use xls for the latter.

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slavvo67

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PostPosted: Sat 09 Aug 2014, 02:04    Post subject:  

Mikeb:

I finally downloaded. I'll let you know what I think of it.

Best,

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mikeb


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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 10:26    Post subject:  

Another free update...details below....I assume the linux version will follow shorthy...it usually does.

Dear SoftMaker customer:

You are a user of SoftMaker FreeOffice for Windows. We have just
released revision 696 as a free download.

In addition to bug fixes, it comes with the following new features:

- Change the zoom level with the zoom slider in the status line (*)
- All chart effects from SoftMaker Office now also in FreeOffice
- TextMaker: Stylesheet manager (Format/Manage Styles)
- PlanMaker: Split cell text into columns (Table/Text to Columns)

(*) You might have to reset the status line by going to View/Toolbars,
selecting "Status" and clicking on "Reset".

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mikeb


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PostPosted: Tue 09 Dec 2014, 05:43    Post subject:  

Ok got this this morning

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From now until December 24, you can download FreeOffice for Windows and Linux and the full version of SoftMaker Office Mobile 2012 for Android – and help needy people at the same time: For every download, SoftMaker donates 10 Euro cents to aid and charity projects around the world.

Spread the word! Tell friends and co-workers about our Load and Help campaign. We want to set a new record for donations this year!


Visit the Load and Help campaign page

http://www.loadandhelp.de/

Note they now have a version for Android too!

So grab the updates and make a free donation.... think they raised several thousand last year.... Smile

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mikeb


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PostPosted: Thu 25 Dec 2014, 05:44    Post subject:  

Hmm seems like they made a boo boo

Quote:
Dear SoftMaker customer:

You are a user of SoftMaker FreeOffice for Linux. We have just
released revision 697 as a free download.

This revision fixes a bug that could lead to program crashes during
regular typing. We therefore recommend to install the new revision.

applies to windows too ...appears self updating is possible.

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mikeb


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PostPosted: Sun 04 Jan 2015, 07:53    Post subject:  

Ok results of their fundraising activities this (last) year.

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Our charity campaign Load and Help ended on December 24 with a record 57,233 downloads. We kept our promise and donated € 5,723.30 to charity and aid projects around the globe.

On top of that, donations over 365 Euro came from customers who ordered over the holidays and donated their discount.

Final tally: € 6,088.30 that do good. A heartfelt thank-you to all participants!


Smile

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Jan 2015, 18:53    Post subject:  

Rev 698 was released 29 jan 2015.
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2015, 06:35    Post subject:  

Thanks ...yes got that message.... surprising how many revisions they have made of 2012 version....

They say you can update via the help menu but never tried it.

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6502coder

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2015, 18:29    Post subject:  

mikeb wrote:

They say you can update via the help menu but never tried it.
mike


I always do it via the help menu, works just fine both in the Windows version and in the Linux version.
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Sun 01 Feb 2015, 07:06    Post subject:  

Ah good thats easy then.

I made/make packages so need to use the latest but i have waited until they stop updating Very Happy

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8Geee


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PostPosted: Thu 26 Feb 2015, 19:36    Post subject:  

mikeb:

It appears you might have more experience than I wiith things FreeOffice, so I'll direct this towards you, but anyone else wiith knowledge feel free to respond.

I tried FO for a while during the v. 690 package. And it is quite a bit "smaller footprint" than OO/LO. One of the things I do is make pdf's when finished with the office type file. I noticed one thing here thats not a deal-killer, but got me thinking ( could be dangerous ). When I save LO files to pdf their Kb size is about 25Kb/page. in FO I was seeing much larger file-sizes, enough for me to consider compressing/archiving. IIRC, 80 to 100Kb was not uncommon.

I think this is due to not being a Java conversion or Java language-based approach. Is that about right?

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mikeb


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PostPosted: Fri 27 Feb 2015, 07:22    Post subject:  

Java is not used on either...or at least I can make a pdf in Libreoffice without java installed.

Check the preferences tab when exporting pdf.... most likely Freeoffice could be set to a higher dpi and image quality (I would use jpg normally) which produces the larger file as otherwise the same info should give roughly the same results. Compare with what libre uses...mine uses jpg at 90% but no mention of dpi (which may only affect display/print size)

If this is the case then tweaking should solve the difference though I don't see a way of making such settings persistent

hope that helps

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Feb 2015, 20:33    Post subject: eee PC seems OK  

Thanks mikeb, I'll give it a go with 697 version. Getting the eee version of Slacko-5.7 finished up, I think the next step is to add FO for a "more original" experience, with reduced footprint. Plan is for ods -->csv -->FO for personal stuff, and will enlighten.

**Edit** Took latest slacko5.7-2015 cd trimmed and remastered the FO version, then to iso then frugal install. typing on it now. Very nice so far. Further reporting in slacko5.7-2015 thread.

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