SoftMaker FreeOffice Reviews

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A very limited free version but with better compatibility with Microsoft's Office to read and write than other alternatives

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Creating PDF with Free Softmaker TextMaker is excellent
drag and drop images :D :D ... cannot do that with OO/LO
I cannot fault Free Softmaker TextMaker PDF results
Fonts are totally stable and reproduce exactly
(Softmaker's FlexiPDF is beta, and requires a lot of fine tuning before I will consider it)

Optional MenuBar (laptop) is also brilliant, ribbons are real estate hogs.
IMO best of all the alternative office products ... almost.
OO and LO seem to stumbling, their Writer to PDF is very unstable/unpredictable

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Requires online activation

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Despite being a truly free office suite, FreeOffice requires an online license activation.

I'm fine with developers asking me to supply my e-mail address or set up an account to obtain the software. But online activation is definitely a step too far – one of my main reasons for looking for free software alternatives is exactly so I don't have to put up with crap like that…
(Excuse the language, but no gentler terms seem appropriate for that kind of mechanism.)


Softmaker Rulez!

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The Wonderful thing about the latest, i.e. 2016 paid version of Softmaker Office is that -- unlike all the other alternatives I've tried so far -- it really is fully compatible with MS Word. By that I mean that it doesn't spoil things like footnote numbers in Word files that are edited in it. You can work on the same file on various computers using both MS Word and Softmaker and the end result is exactly the same This is something unique, I think, and makes the latest version of Softmaker Office definitely worth buying.

Another exciting thing -- and I think this is going to make people sit up and take notice -- is the fact that there are also versions of Softmaker Office 2016 for LINUX, which now makes ditching Windows a much more viable proposition for those who -- like me -- used to be frightened off by the prospect of being condemned to use Open Office etc. instead of MS Word.


That's the best free office suite

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I've supported LibreOffice for a long time and used it on various machines, but my appreciation of it is wearing very thin (and my view hasn't changed with the current version 5.1).

LibreOffice needs a lot of resources, it's slow and has a clunky interface, important shortcuts are missing, and it destroys formatting when opening or saving MS Office formats.

In contrast, SoftMaker FreeOffice, which I currently use, needs less resources, is much faster, works highly reliable, has a better user interface and an excellent compatibility with Microsoft Office.


Feateure-packed office suite, very good MS Office replacement

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Microsoft Office inncluding Outlook costs $269 per license, SoftMaker Office Professional incl. eM Client 6 Professional only $99 for three licenses.

SoftMaker Office not only much cheaper, but many of its features are even better than those in Microsoft Office (e.g. spell checker, tabs for several opened pages, portable use, effects in presentations etc.).

All Microsoft Office formats can be opened/saved without flaws. Open files by a simple double-click, and the only difference you'll ever notice is that you're using SoftMaker Office.

It's a compact, powerful, and sleek application.

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This has the most "feel-like-MS Office" product I have ever come across. This makes it easier to switch between my work computer (Office) and my personal home computer (SoftMaker.)


Great office suite and the only true competitor for Microsoft Office

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I LOVE this office suite, all Microsoft Office files look absolutely original, no formatting losses (in contrast to all other alternatives like LibreOffice, OpenOffice and such), and the range of features is enormously, it even has many functions that Microsoft Office doesn't include, e.g. the ability to be installed on a USB flash drive.

It's sold for a cheap price that includes 3 licenses and full support by e-mail, forum, and even phone.

But there's one thing I have to mention: all the screenshots here at this website are completely outdated, they're from an old version,current SoftMaker Office 2012 for Windows and Linux (UI, charts, ...) looks way more modern. Btw., everyone can download a free trial version from the SoftMaker website and try it out with full functionalities for 30 days.


A really good alternative to Microsoft office!

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In my opinion SoftMaker Office is one of the best alternatives to MS Office. It's free, except of the latest version.