Softmaker Freeoffice – a free office suite for linux

Softmaker Freeoffice

Softmaker Freeoffice is an office suite that is available for both windows and linux, with a free and paid version. The free version can be downloaded from the website

http://www.freeoffice.com/en/download

The suite provides the following 3 applications

Textmaker

This is the wordprocessor. Supports microsoft formats like docx and doc. However the free version can only ready the latest docx formats but not write them. This limitation is covered up in the paid version.

freeoffice_textmaker

Freeoffice PlanMaker

This is the excel application in the suite. This too can open microsoft formats like xls and xlsx.

freeoffice_planmaker

Freeoffice Presentations

Right as the name suggests, this is the powerpoint application of the suite.

freeoffice_presentations

Install

To install Freeoffice just register at the download page

http://www.freeoffice.com/en/download

and they would send you an email containing the download link. The download would contain a single deb file that can be easily install on ubuntu using gdebi or dpkg as follows

$ dpkg -i ./softmaker-freeoffice_676-01_amd64.deb

Features

There are some differences between the free and the commercial versions. Check out the website for a complete list of the features.

I personally find it a bit better than Libreoffice/openoffice for 2 reasons ...

1. It starts 2x faster than libreoffice. Works well on netbooks and older computer that are low on hardware resources.
2. Has got a very neat user interface compared to libreoffice even on KDE desktop. Gives a very organised and confident look.

Apart from that it can be run portably from a usb drive as well. Works good for simple day to day tasks. Try it out.







Last Updated On : 28th July 2013

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  • Gracias, lo estoy probando y me parece muy buena opción para mis trabajos.

  • Glad I found that review. Never heard of FreeOffice before, downloaded it, use it for a few weeks now, it’s a great piece of software!! Used LibreOffice before, but it was always a big hassle with interoperability, it messed up 90% of my Microsoft Office files which I have to use at work. FreeOffice makes it way better, it displays my Microsoft Office documents as I want them displayed, no formatting loss. Furthermore, it is damn fast and very easy and intuitive to use. I simply love it. Will definitely buy SoftMaker’s commercial office suite including much more functions and a mail client for little money.

    • yeah true, freeoffice works very well and the commercial version comes for a very cheap price.

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