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Old 10-22-2015, 03:23 PM   #1
Hugh Wyn Griffith
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Default Softmaker 2012

Has anyone used Softmaker 2012 for Windows as an alternative to OFFICE?

I got an email offering me a free copy and a free set of handwriting fonts! So I've downloaded it since I need to put something on my hybrid tablet laptop ... which does have a 63GB drive.

I need to know I can handle WORD and Excel not for anything very complicated . LibreOffice is most talked about over on CIS but probably more than I need.


lists Softmaker first but probably the current version 2015 or 2016

Any experience? Any thoughts?


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Old 10-22-2015, 06:16 PM   #2
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Never heard of it...I'll take a browse around. I have installed OpenOffice on one of my sister's laptops (the sister in ME) and one of my niece's laptops--I didn't install everything, just the Writer part because they didn't need the other bits. I've heard good things about LibreOffice--outgrowth/splinter of OpenOffice?--but have never used it...

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Old 10-23-2015, 02:54 AM   #3
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Never heard of it until now, but it seems to have some good reviews under it's belt.
The free version is now called SoftMaker FreeOffice - there is a paid for version as well.

I use LibreOffice 5 and it is working very well and looks a bit slicker than it used to - it comes with a set of alternative icons for the interface if you don't like the look of the standard ones.

It might be more than you need but it is free some you don't pay extra for stuff you aren't going to use.

As for OpenOffice, I read somewhere about potential security issues stemming from a lack of development. Since the Apache Foundation have been the organisation behind Oo there haven't been much progress, so there might be some truth in that statement.

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