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    SoftMaker Office

    Hi guys

    I just got a copy of SoftMaker Office for Linux (you have to pay though) and it is a great alternative for Microsoft Office. It beats Ooo (being paid, naturally)...

    It make beautiful documents (yes, even the presentation files turn out looking good). Compatibility with MSOffice is good. I've noticed that while Ooo gets the job done, you get a hideous piece of work (no offense!)

    I would urge everyone who wants to move onto a viable solution for doing school/homework on Linux by investing in this.

    Random screenshot I took:

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    I'm a newbie... all help appreciated.

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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    Just to check the compatibility, I opened the same file on Windows (MSOffice 2007):

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    I'm a newbie... all help appreciated.

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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    By supporting commercial software for linux you're doing a great job, but since in linux community we like to talk about alternatives give a shot to IBM Lostu Symphony. Is a heavy patched by version of OpenOffice from IBM that come for free.
    It is not just about compatibility with MS Office, but also deliver the IBM's way of business.
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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    Not bad. As I have been consulting businesses on moving their offices to open source, it would be interesting to know better how good the compatibility is, here. If they only had to pay a small fee for this program, it would still be major savings, and it would be another program to boast as available for Linux, although not open source (nyeh).

    Still, I think it would be a far more adequate solution to get people used to ODF, instead. There are many places around the world where it's becoming very common- if it becomes as common as PDF, the support for it will rise, and the options people have will increase in flexibility and quality. After all, people shouldn't complain when you send them an open format that can be read by any number of free programs (as in price). And, if Microsoft Office supports ODF, as I've heard, then I don't see why we shouldn't send our files in ODF as often as we please. However, I get the feeling people aren't using whatever versions do support it, as most people still prefer doc over docx.

    Aside from that, the interface doesn't look horrible. It's better to use your own interface than to try poorly to integrate it(like OpenOffice.org). Still, it would be good to do some more testing on the compatibility, since this could be an ace in the hole for the people who can't jeopardize the compatbility of their old formats.

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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    I played with Softmaker briefly through the trial, and it feels quite solid. Integration seemed smoother than OOo - it keeps, for instance, comments and tracked changes in .docx, which OOo loses. Lotus Symphony I tried, but it had some problems with my desktop, and it doesn't support .docx at all.

    Since .odt is supported in MS Office now, as well as Google Docs, I'm not really worried about any potential format war here. It seems like, in the near future, we won't have to worry about these things so much. I mean, a lot of organizations seem to think that they need a specific piece of commercial software to handle documents of any kind. That illusion is still there, but the practical underpinnings are going away.

    I'm sticking with OOo for now, myself, even if I hate having to convert to .doc (as opposed to .docx) if I'm making comments on a paper and even if the formatting is still somewhat less than trustworthy. I don't really have to deal with the cruddiness of the interface, simply because I have all the toolbars turned off and do everything from the keyboard anyway.

    I'd definitely pick up Softmaker in full version if I could afford it right now. It's just $80, and the presentation editor and format preservation in general seems much nicer than OOo, but, yanno, $80. = P
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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    Keep meaning to check out Lotus Symphony, but thanks for the recommendation on Softmaker. 80 bucks isn't bad at all compared to non-student costs of office suites

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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalimol View Post
    I played with Softmaker briefly through the trial, and it feels quite solid. Integration seemed smoother than OOo - it keeps, for instance, comments and tracked changes in .docx, which OOo loses. Lotus Symphony I tried, but it had some problems with my desktop, and it doesn't support .docx at all.

    Since .odt is supported in MS Office now, as well as Google Docs, I'm not really worried about any potential format war here. It seems like, in the near future, we won't have to worry about these things so much. I mean, a lot of organizations seem to think that they need a specific piece of commercial software to handle documents of any kind. That illusion is still there, but the practical underpinnings are going away.

    I'm sticking with OOo for now, myself, even if I hate having to convert to .doc (as opposed to .docx) if I'm making comments on a paper and even if the formatting is still somewhat less than trustworthy. I don't really have to deal with the cruddiness of the interface, simply because I have all the toolbars turned off and do everything from the keyboard anyway.

    I'd definitely pick up Softmaker in full version if I could afford it right now. It's just $80, and the presentation editor and format preservation in general seems much nicer than OOo, but, yanno, $80. = P
    I can open .docx with symphony just fine...
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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    Quote Originally Posted by alexan View Post
    By supporting commercial software for linux you're doing a great job, but since in linux community we like to talk about alternatives give a shot to IBM Lostu Symphony. Is a heavy patched by version of OpenOffice from IBM that come for free.
    It is not just about compatibility with MS Office, but also deliver the IBM's way of business.
    It would be awesome if they provided a 64-bit version though; I cant run it.
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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    It would be awesome if they provided a 64-bit version though; I cant run it.
    I just installed the ia32 libs and it installed and runs fine.
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    Re: SoftMaker Office

    @ screaminj3sus - That's fair, and I didn't really give it enough time. I'll try it out again when I have some of that. It's not like I need the ability to save into .docx for some reason.

    As I said, I'd also had desktop integration issues of some kind, where the text would disappear as I typed it - maybe some high-contrast mode thing gone horribly wrong, or a Java conflict. I only played with it very briefly, but I do like the interface and might try to give it a fairer shake in the future. For now, though, I don't see an immense improvement over OpenOffice.org, which, if I'm honest, is totally sufficient and usable after a few tweaks.

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