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SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by figueroa » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:46 pm

fehlix wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:58 am
figueroa wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:31 pm
What happens after the 30 day free trial expires?
This thread is about FreeOffice, which does not have a trial expiration time.
Thank you, fehlix. It was very difficult to find there was a difference. After further digging by internet search, I find that Softmaker runs a different website for its free product and that there are no links or references to the free product from Softmaker's web site. I'm left scratching my head what the difference is between the products. I found a comparison page by internet search that does not appear to have a current link on the Softmaker website, but it seems dated: https://www.softmaker.com/en/comparison ... ker-office

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https://www.freeoffice.com/en/
and
https://www.softmaker.com/en/
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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by fehlix » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:58 pm

figueroa wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:46 pm
It was very difficult to find there was a difference.
It's just two or three clicks on their website:
https://www.freeoffice.com/en/ -> Discover -> Comparision
Seems, some user forget to read and just using search engines.
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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by figueroa » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:20 pm

fehlix wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:58 pm
It's just two or three clicks on their website:
https://www.freeoffice.com/en/ -> Discover -> Comparision
Seems, some user forget to read and just using search engines.
That particular "Comparison" is badly in conflict with the information I found on the Softmaker web site through the search engine. I found that meaningless and unhelpful.
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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by KBD » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:43 pm

In an earlier post I linked a Twitter comment from Softmaker that they are adding 'doc' format to Freeoffice like they have in the paid version. After the updates the only differences I can think of between paid and free version will be that the paid version offers a dark theme, and the icons don't say 'free' across the corner like with Freemaker, also I'm not sure how they handle updates in the free version. I'm using the paid version and get updates, but I had to add their repo.

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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by KBD » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:54 pm

I just downloaded a copy of freeoffice on another distro and noticed they no longer ask for an email to send you a registration key--it just installs like normal via software center or using gdebi.
Also a couple of Textmaker tips:
Under Tools-Options-Files menubar you can set default format for Textmaker. I set to docx for Textmaker. Under that same settings area you can set the default option to return to your last position in Textmaker within a document, as well as how many minutes to save the document.
Under Format-Character on the menubar you can set your default formatting. I like it to default to 12 point font instead of 10 point. Use the 'set as default' option, but make sure you tick the box enabling default to it on all documents, not just the current document.
On Freeoffice, Textmaker, a big weakness is no default word counter, but if you right-click on the status bar at the bottom left of the page on Textmaker and then check/tick statistics you will have a floating word count box that you can move where you want to on the page. I generally move it up to the top right on Textmaker. It may disappear if you update Freeoffice, then you just repeat the previous steps.
I mostly use Textmaker so will throw in another tip for it. Under the abc spelling icon at the menu or ribbon you can drop that down to enable background spelling.
Under 'help' and 'check for updates' if there is an update available it will take you to a page that describes how to set up updates:
https://www.freeoffice.com/en/tips-and-tricks-linux
Just scroll down the page a bit. After you set it up once it should continue to update.
Hope those help.

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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by manyroads » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:46 am

I too have begun using this to see what it's like. So far the only thing I miss is the single launcher for the Office Suite (like LibreOffice variants offer). Anyway I built one using YAD; I have made the code available to anyone who might like it. :happy: You will need to install YAD available from the repos. :eek: The popup code (dialog) and images (so you can see what you're getting) are here (the third example):

http://eirenicon.org/knowledge-base/yad ... er-dialog/
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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by fehlix » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:18 am

Some comments:
KBD wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:54 pm
Under 'help' and 'check for updates' if there is an update available it will take you to a page that describes how to set up updates:
FreeOffice can be installed from MX Package installer -> Populare Apps. The softmaker repo is added and will take care for updates.
manyroads wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:46 am
You will need to install YAD available from the repos.
Within MX Linux yad is pre-installed.
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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by KBD » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:34 am

manyroads wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:46 am
I too have begun using this to see what it's like. So far the only thing I miss is the single launcher for the Office Suite (like LibreOffice variants offer). Anyway I built one using YAD; I have made the code available to anyone who might like it. :happy: You will need to install YAD available from the repos. :eek: The popup code (dialog) and images (so you can see what you're getting) are here (the third example):

http://eirenicon.org/knowledge-base/yad ... er-dialog/
That is nice. Good job manyroads!

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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by KBD » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:36 am

[quote=fehlix post_id=524934 time=1567433888 user_id=18947
FreeOffice can be installed from MX Package installer -> Populare Apps. The softmaker repo is added and will take care for updates.
Within MX Linux yad is pre-installed.
[/quote]

Thanks fehlix! I wasn't sure about how the updates were managed when installed from Package Manager.

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Re: SoftMaker Free Office now available

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Post by KBD » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:41 am

Just got in an email from Softmaker:
We have just released revision 970 of SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018. It offers a whole range of new features:

FreeOffice can now not only open documents in DOC, XLS and PPT formats, but also save them.
FreeOffice TextMaker can now also store documents in OpenDocument Text format.
All FreeOffice programs now feature an optional dark program interface ("dark mode") that is easy on the eyes.
As always with FreeOffice, these improvements are completely free of charge.

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