Softmaker FreeOffice

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Softmaker FreeOffice

A lite version of the commercial application Softmaker Office

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Our rating: 

3

Pros & Cons:

Small, fast & simple. Easy to pick up and use.
No macro/scripting, intrusive tips bar, very limited features.

Our Review:

Softmaker FreeOffice is a free version made available from June 2012. It is a lite version of the commercial application Softmaker Office 2012. Softmaker is a German software developer who also specializes in office suites for both Linux and Android OS. BasicMaker the macro language isn't included in the freeware version. Bundled within the free version is:

  1. TextMaker, a fully functional word processor compatible with MS Word & OO Writer.
  2. PlanMaker, a complete spreadsheet solution with MS Excel & OO Calc compatibility.
  3. Presentation, a software presentation program with MS Powerpoint & OO Impress compatibility.

The advantages of the small installation file size mean low memory consumption and faster loading times. It comes complete with all the usual formulas & formatting features and won’t win any awards for originality. PlanMaker lacks any scripting or macro support making it unsuitable for the more advanced user.

There are a couple of annoying features your hit upon opening an application. The first is the tips window which pops up automatically on the right but can be disabled by selecting View>Sidebar>Hide. Within PlanMaker, the spell checker (and background checking feature) isn’t activated by default and is buried deep in the options to get it started. When loaded into the system, the SMASH quick launch starts at start up and floods your taskbar with four shortcut buttons which could have been better as a stacking window rather than individuals.

For free, Softmaker FreeOffice offers a simple, easy to use, basic featured solution that will run comfortably on slower computers and won’t use a great deal of space and resources. It can import all the latest file formats and supports direct PDF exporting.


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