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    Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    Hi,
    I have just installed xubuntu 12.04 and everything looks good for me execpt that I am using Softmaker Office 2010 for linux and the gui fonts look very scratchy. I have been using this software in an rpm distribution and the gui fonts look very clean. I have set the options in Softmaker Office to use the linux system colors. I have tried the other settings available and none seem to help. Then I thought it might be a qt program so I installed qt4-conf to get QT4 Settings. This didn't help. So, that brought me here to ask for help as a google search found nothing.

    If anyone has any experience with Softmaker Office 2010 for linux and could tell me how to get the better font rendering, I would so appreciate it.

    thx

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    More info on this. Out of curiosity I installed Vector Linux (slackware based) and the gui fonts as well as the documents fonts are nice and clean. In the softmaker office options I discovered a slight difference. In Vector there is one additional appearance setting (use linux system colors) that doesn't appear in the options on the xubuntu install.

    NOTE: the softmaker appearance option allows the user to pick from several different themes for the gui ranging from windows 95 through windows 7 and one option (on xubuntu) to select linux grey. On Vector, the additional option is the linux system colors.

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    No one using this program or know why this is happening?

    thx

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    I installed Softmaker office yesterday, the new beta, and the font rendering was so awful, that after a few minutes i uninstalled it.
    I know this doesn't help, but at least you're not the only one.

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    I am using a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04.01. I have the Unity Desktop and I first installed the server version and then added the Desktop with

    sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

    I have also installed Softmaker Office 2012 for Linux and it all works perfectly. The fonts look great and I am happy...

    Dig
    Last edited by Closetheloop; October 29th, 2012 at 01:50 PM.

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    That's because this thread is 10 weeks old & Softmaker is now out of Beta. The fonts are fine now.
    I'm still not sure how softmaker is anymore beneficial than LibreOffice though.

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    Well I'm aware that Libreoffice has been developed over many years by lots of generous people. However I am not sure that it always reliably reads and writes .docx etc

    Given that .docx etc from MS Office 2007 onward seems pretty pervasive I thought I'd use Softmaker Office 2012 because they specifically say that they read and write those MS formats. Also the program layout and workflow is nice and solid as well.

    As a commercial organisation it is in Softmaker's interest to ensure they work seamlessly with MS formats...

    So far it is looking good...
    Last edited by Closetheloop; October 29th, 2012 at 03:55 PM.

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    It looks like libreoffice repackaged? Am I missing something? Dn't get me wrong I totally get the comercicial support ect issues, but it really doesn't look like a new office suite

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    Re: Softmaker Office 2010 Linux Gui fonts

    No its totally different from LibreOffice. I reckon its fairly similar to the pre MS Office pre the 2007 makeover i.e. it does not have complicated bloatware that nobody uses...

    It runs as an exe program in its own space but I don't mind that...just need a suite that is easy to use and not overloaded with options. Functional and fast...so far this seems to tick the boxes.

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