When it comes to office suits, people often stick to the industry standard, Microsoft Office, but there are lot of inexpensive or even free alternative out there. SoftMaker is one of the best alternatives out there since it feels very similar to the older editions of MS office before introduction of the ribbon UI, and it can handle any Word, PowerPoint and Excel document formats including the newer ones with x in the file extension. SoftMaker Office is also one
The suit includes three packages TextMaker, PlanMaker, and Presentation for handing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, respectively. Users who are fond of using macros to automate tasks can use the additional tool known as BasicMaker, which is similar to Microsoft’s Visual Basic for application.
Softmaker office is capable of handling password protected documents, which is a plus as most of the others suits in the market do not support encrypted documents. The program is compact, the setup is around 100 MB in size and it opens documents in a breeze. The packages include all the tools that you would need to create professional documents including tables, fonts, arts, images, layout, themes, charts, custom text, and so on.
Softmaker Office is available in two different editions Standard and Free. The standard edition is priced at $69.95. The following features are exclusive to the standard edition:
- Spell checking using high-quality commercial dictionaries in 20 languages
- Synonym dictionaries (thesaurus function) in eight languages
- FreeOffice reads the modern Microsoft formats DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX seamlessly – The standard edition can also save in these formats
- Documents are displayed in tabs, just like in a web browser
- The extended sidebar gives you a bird’s eye view over your document and its style sheets
- Free technical support by SoftMaker
- Additional features such as envelope and label printing, macros, mail merge, cross references, and figure captions
Jordan from Softmaker has organized an exclusive giveaway for our readers. The giveaway offers the standard license of the SoftMaker Office 2012, plus collection of elegant handwriting fonts that have a total retail value of $89.9, completely free.
Visit the offer page and register with your email address to receive your free license.