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SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 build 938

A straightforward and free Office-compatible productivity suite

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 October 2018
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Downloads To Date: 5023
Developer: SoftMaker Software GmbH
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SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018
A straightforward and free Office-compatible productivity suite

SoftMaker FreeOffice is a free Microsoft Office-compatible productivity suite.

The package includes a word processor (TextMaker), spreadsheet (PlanMaker) and presentation tool (SoftMaker), and each of these can open both the old-style and Office 365/2010 files for their equivalent Microsoft application (DOC and DOCX/ DOCM/ DOTX/ DOTM, XLS and XLSX, PPT and PPTX, and so on). And reasonably accurately, too, although there are occasional problems with more complex documents.

If you're not a fan of the Microsoft Office ribbon then the SoftMaker FreeOffice interface may appeal, as it offers a classic style (a ribbon is available an option) to the more conventional menus and toolbars.

And the suite has plenty of useful extra features, including a handy "Export to PDF" option on every File menu, and the ability to be installed on a USB flash drive.

If you need more, though, SoftMaker is hoping you'll upgrade to the commercial version, SoftMaker Office 2018, which can be yours from $99.95. The commercial version has a more flexible user-interface, including a dark mode, includes a 64-bit version, advanced document creation, advanced presentations and much more.

Note that you need a personal serial code to use FreeOffice, which you can obtain here.

What's new in build 938 (see the complete release notes for more)?

- Updated help files that clearly tell you which features are only available with SoftMaker Office
- [WINDOWS] If you use a 4-way mouse which supports horizontal scrolling with the mousewheel, FreeOffice is now compatible with it.
- [LINUX] You can now scroll horizontally with the mousewheel, if you press Shift while moving the wheel.
The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+K (all operating systems) and Cmd+K (Mac) now open the Hyperlink dialog box.
- [WINDOWS] If you snap a FreeOffice application window to the left or right border on your monitor and exit the application, this position will now be restored when you start the application again.
- When you insert an image in a table cell, the cell is now vertically resized to fit in the image.

Verdict:

SoftMaker FreeOffice is a capable free Office-compatible productivity suite.

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Best compatibility with MSO ever!

Posted by: Georg, 23 October 2013 09:11

The only office suite that opens all of my Word, and Excel formats faithfully without formatting losses. Excellent!

Another plus is its speed, range of features, and stability.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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