SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 v1.0.4650

A straightforward and free Office-compatible productivity suite

 
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SoftMaker FreeOffice is a free Microsoft Office-compatible productivity suite.

The package includes a word processor (TextMaker), spreadsheet (PlanMaker) and presentation tool (SoftMaker), and each of these can open both the old-style and Office 365/2010 files for their equivalent Microsoft application (DOC and DOCX/ DOCM/ DOTX/ DOTM, XLS and XLSX, PPT and PPTX, and so on). And reasonably accurately, too, although there are occasional problems with more complex documents.

If you're not a fan of the Microsoft Office ribbon then the SoftMaker FreeOffice interface may appeal, as it offers a classic style (a ribbon is available an option) to the more conventional menus and toolbars.

And the suite has plenty of useful extra features, including a handy "Export to PDF" option on every File menu, and the ability to be installed on a USB flash drive.

If you need more, though, SoftMaker is hoping you'll upgrade to the commercial version, SoftMaker Office 2018, which can be yours from $99.95. The commercial version has a more flexible user-interface, including a dark mode, includes a 64-bit version, advanced document creation, advanced presentations and much more.

Note that you need a personal serial code to use FreeOffice, which you can obtain here.

What's new in v2018 (see the complete release notes for more)?

- New UI. It's your choice: ribbons or classic menus
- Optimized for touchscreens
- Numerous other improvements from the commercial edition

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SoftMaker FreeOffice is a capable free Office-compatible productivity suite.

Specification: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 v1.0.4650:

Platforms:
Windows 7 (32 bit),Windows 7 (64 bit),Windows 8,windows 10,Linux
Version:
1.0.4650
Licence:
Freeware
Developer:
SoftMaker Software GmbH
Date Added:
May 16, 2018