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Old 15. Aug 2012, 01:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think it's going to come down to personal choice as to which one of these best suites your needs, as regards file types etc. They both come installed with user manuals (PDF) for each application. Looking at those, Ashampoo is the 2010 version - Softmaker is the 2012 version.

I didn't put a real address while registering for Ashampoo, no chance, but you can always just use your imagination for that You will get emails from both though, offers etc, so it's best to use an email account set up for such purposes.

Once you have the installers and the keys you can save them and use them when you want. I wound the clock forward a few years and tried them both - they still work. Although it might be best, if you want it, to get the Ashampoo version now while the offer is still good. It may not last forever, as has been mentioned here. I don't see there being a problem, time wise, with the Softmaker one, though.

I think they're both good, depending on your needs (file types) and they both run light. Both can be installed onto a USB stick to use as a portable office suite. Both offer the same installation options - just watch out for the toolbars with the Ashampoo one.
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Old 15. Aug 2012, 02:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks .

I have used free products both from Softmaker and Ashampoo. And yes, both send emails, but not bordering on spam. People generally do not like Ashampoo because of the amount of emails they send. They might have used to send many emails earlier, I don't know, but I have availed some of their offers since a few years, and I haven't had any problem with emails. They arrive with long periods of time in between, and that's OK with me.

Regarding Ashampoo offer, I don't think they ever close them, despite saying that they are time-limited. I have availed some of their offers for burning studio, and it's just a matter of finding the offer link. They usually keep working. So, I think this one will keep running too.

Well, I could use a fake address, but I don't like doing such fake things. Anyways, I will think it over. Asking for address is a stupid thing anyways

I rarely use office products though... mostly requiring to use a text processor. So, for me, a basic lightweight office is what I need. Softmaker Office 2008 was great for that. I mostly use a separate text processor like Abiword when I need one, but I like to keep office setup with me, just in case.

I may download Ashampoo Office via the offer. Will think about it. Thanks guys!
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Old 18. Aug 2012, 09:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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But there are differences, one being the file types you can save. For example, you can't save MS Word 2007 (.docx) with the Softmaker version, but you can with the Ashampoo version.
You seem to compare SO 2008 and AO 2010. I got a small hint for everyone. You can use the key you got from the SoftMaker Site for Ashampoo Office 2010 also on the real SoftMaker Office 2010. And that version also supports saving files to docx and xlsx.
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Old 19. Aug 2012, 06:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
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You seem to compare SO 2008 and AO 2010. I got a small hint for everyone. You can use the key you got from the SoftMaker Site for Ashampoo Office 2010 also on the real SoftMaker Office 2010. And that version also supports saving files to docx and xlsx.
Although this might be possible, it may well violate their terms of use in which case it is something that we would not support.
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Old 19. Aug 2012, 09:03 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Yes, could be. I only know that they gave away SO 2010 for Linux via German mag c't.
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Old 19. Aug 2012, 07:54 PM   #16 (permalink)
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It may be that you can do that, I wouldn't do it though. I'm happy enough to register for each free product to obtain a license key. The keys I had emailed to me for the free offers are different, you can't use one for both, they're not interchangeable. But I would only use them for the free offers in respect to the company concerned. I'm happy enough with that.

The thing I'm wary of, as with the Ashampoo offer, is giving an address. No problem with giving an email address, but I don't think you should have to give your home address. No disrespect to them but you don't know what they're going to do with the information you provide. It could be passed on to other parties for all we know. It does happen.

The software is very good, and it's great that they offer it for free. I just don't think there's any need for them to ask, or for them to know, where you live.
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Old 19. Aug 2012, 08:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I have the exact same view as deya ..
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Old 22. Aug 2012, 03:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thanks for this. I was not aware of Softmaker Office 2012 having a free version.

The comparison of the free and commercial version is not on the site however, atleast I did not find it. Would be good to know, what are the differences, if there are any.
Here's a comparison of Free, Standard, Professional versions. http://www.viewdocsonline.com/document/0okj0j

This was present in the MyDocuments folder after installing Softmaker Office/
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Old 22. Aug 2012, 05:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Thanks GJ. It was already shared by Sope on his post here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...html#post75276
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Thanks GJ. It was already shared by Sope on his post here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...html#post75276
Yeah, but the link which I've given to, mentions functional differences in detail between the 3 versions. Just scroll down to "Functional Differences"
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