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« Reply #75 on: December 07, 2011, 06:03:00 PM »

SoftMaker Office Standard 2012 is now available, too, and we are also offering upgrades to it.
Great!  This is what I've been waiting for.  I love Office Standard 2010, and now I'll upgrade to 2012.
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« Reply #76 on: December 18, 2011, 05:16:10 AM »

Ashampoo are offering an upgrade for 30 euros, they're not offering the pro version.
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« Reply #77 on: December 28, 2011, 09:09:53 AM »

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1. Introductory prices for SoftMaker Office 2012 will expire on Dec 31
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The introductory price for upgrades to SoftMaker Office 2012 for Windows
expires at the end of the year:

* An upgrade to SoftMaker Office Professional 2012 is still available at
EUR 49.95 / US$ 59.95. On January 1, the price rises by 10 Euro.

* You can also still purchase the upgrade to SoftMaker Office Standard
at just EUR 32.95 / US$ 34.95. On January 1, the price rises to 39.95.

This is a good opportunity to switch to the most full-featured SoftMaker
Office ever released at a great price!

Find out more:
http://www.softmaker.com/


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2. Service pack 654 for SoftMaker Office 2012 for Windows
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Shortly before the holidays, we released service pack 654 for SoftMaker
Office 2012 for Windows.

If you have not installed it yet, you should do it right now. This
service pack introduces some bug fixes, but also adds new features.
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« Reply #78 on: December 30, 2011, 04:51:53 AM »

Thanks for the heads up Thmbsup.

I kind of wish they'd offer a Danish localized version of SO, but the market probably isn't big enough to cover the cost.

I know English well enough to be able to live with the English UI, but I noticed today that unlike the rest of SO, the e-mail client doesn't include Danish spellchecking Sad. I guess maybe that might get added later on.

Anyway, nice that they gave fair warning when the discount ends.
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« Reply #79 on: December 30, 2011, 09:25:31 AM »

-I expect you to be right, when you say Danish may be added later on. However, eM Client is both new to SoftMaker, and a BIG program, so I wouldn't be too disappointed if it takes a while or a year...



I am surprised so much eM Client can do!
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« Reply #80 on: February 20, 2012, 03:08:46 PM »

For the records:

I want to leave LibO for a while, I want to try if I could live without some of its annoyances (including its slowness). Now I have been on OOo/LibO since OOo m580 or what the first "prerelease" was, so most of my "important" files are in .odt and .ods. Ironically, choosing these open formats leave me quite unable to switch at all, as none of the concurring products are able to handle OpenDocument nearly as perfect. While .odt is beginning to spread, .ods is still too exotic, as it seems. I had a lot of fun trying to open my shoppinglist.ods file in Gnumeric, for example, which natively supports .ods but was overburdened by cell borders, dynamic formatting and multiple pages. So I had dropped the urge for .ods support, but still most applications failed. SoftMaker 2012 even failed to display a simple, multi-page prose .odt file correctly, wtf?

So I'm on WordPerfect Office X5 now. Yay.
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« Reply #81 on: April 09, 2012, 04:46:17 AM »

eM Client is on Bits du Jour today, Monday 9'th April 2012
for half the normal price, making it $25:

http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/em-client

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« Reply #82 on: May 03, 2012, 10:44:03 AM »

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For a few days only, we include a Sandisk USB flash drive with a whopping 16 GBytes capacity with every CD-ROM order of SoftMaker Office 2012 for Windows.

Extended until Thursday: Shipping fees slashed to 1 cent worldwide! But hurry: This sale ends this Thursday evening (which unfortunately is "now!").

A portable version of SoftMaker Office 2012 for Windows is already pre-installed on the USB flash drive, and there is more than 15 GBytes space left for your documents, pictures, and music files. Take your office with you, wherever you go!

This massive USB flash drive is included both with full versions and with upgrades.

Find out more: http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofw_en.htm

Order now: http://www.softmaker.com/...hp?lang=en&category=0




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« Reply #83 on: May 21, 2012, 03:51:19 PM »

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SoftMaker eM Client (a component of SoftMaker Office Professional)

Contemporaneously with the release of this service pack, SoftMaker eM Client Professional is being updated to version 4.0. This new release offers completely rewritten access to Google Calendar (including Google Tasks for the first time) and is able to import PST files directly, without Microsoft Outlook installed.

To update SoftMaker eM Client, use the Help > Check for Updates command.

Version 3 didn't live for long.
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« Reply #84 on: June 14, 2012, 02:54:01 PM »

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We have just reduced the cost of upgrading to SoftMaker Office 2012:

- Upgrade to SoftMaker Office Standard for only EUR 29.95 | US$ 34.95.

- Upgrade to SoftMaker Office Professional for only EUR 49.95 | US$ 59.95.

Find out more:
http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofw_en.htm
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« Reply #85 on: July 14, 2012, 03:06:57 PM »

14+15+½16 July 2012

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Until Monday at noon (CET), we give a whopping discount of 30% on all our
products:

http://www.softmaker.com
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« Reply #86 on: August 14, 2012, 04:12:06 PM »

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SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux is here!
The public beta test has started today. Download it now.
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Dear SoftMaker customer:

The free beta version of SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux is available
now, and we invite you to participate in the public beta test.

This new version comes with significant improvements, some of which are:

* Seamless reading and writing of the Microsoft Office 2010 formats (DOCX,
XLSX, PPTX)

* Improved system integration, also on 64 bit systems

* Improved spell checker: 38 new languages have been added to the spell
checker

* Improved usability with an enhanced sidebar in TextMaker and SoftMaker
Presentations

* Zoom slider in all SoftMaker applications

... and many more!

Find out more and download the beta:
http://www.softmaker.com
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« Reply #87 on: September 01, 2012, 02:21:04 AM »

1'st of September 2012:

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In this newsletter:

1. It´s finally shipping: SoftMaker Office Mobile 2012 for Android

2. Second beta: SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux
¤     If you would like to participate in this beta for the first time, click to download the beta and get your personal serial number: http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofl_en.htm
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« Reply #88 on: September 09, 2012, 03:09:05 PM »

 thumbs up I have been using Softmaker Office since 2008 version and I love the software. It's fast and feature rich, the addition of eM client with 2012 Professional edition was a great move!

I use eM client V4.x exclusively for email, and haven't had any problems with it. No software is perfect, but I must say I don't regret switching to Softmaker Office and ditching MS Office.

Just my opinion, I realize your's may vary...

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« Reply #89 on: September 09, 2012, 09:34:02 PM »

I too have been very pleased with SoftMaker Office, which I've been using since the 2010 edition.  Unlike dvally, I opted for the Standard version, which doesn't have the email client but is less expensive.  I took advantage of a special offer and wound up paying about $25 for the entire suite.  I've never regretted moving from MS Office to SoftMaker.
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« Reply #90 on: September 09, 2012, 10:29:58 PM »

+1! It's a great alternative to MS Office - and also Libre/Open Office if you use Linux. Always nice to have the exact same software available for both Linux and Windows. When I need a full wordprocessor, I prefer to use TextMaker. Especially since I never did like that miserable 'ribbon' interface in MS Word.
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« Reply #91 on: October 01, 2012, 08:35:50 AM »

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1. Now shipping: SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux
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We have just started shipping the finished version of SoftMaker Office
2012 for Linux.

If you own any version of SoftMaker Office, TextMaker, PlanMaker,
Presentations, or Ashampoo Office, you may upgrade at the low upgrade
price of only EUR 39.95 | US$ 44.95.

SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux is the most powerful and user-friendly
office suite that we ever created for Linux:

* Well-integrated into Linux: SoftMaker Office now uses (also on
64-bit systems) the system colors and screen fonts that you have chosen
in KDE, Gnome, or Unity, and works with all CUPS printers.

* Seamless access to the modern Microsoft Office 2010 file formats:
DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX are opened and saved accurately by SoftMaker Office.

* Navigate and format quickly using the new sidebar in TextMaker

* Improved character and paragraph style handling

* PlanMaker now offers data consolidation, lets you work with external
references more easily, has Excel-compatible custom number formats,
and offers new chart types.

* Many additional new features in all applications

Find out more:
http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofl_en.htm
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« Reply #92 on: December 05, 2012, 03:30:05 PM »

rev 675:

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1. SoftMaker Office 2012 for Windows updated
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We have just released a new revision of SoftMaker Office 2012 for
Windows which adds important new functions:

- TextMaker now also opens WordPerfect files.

- Optionally, the dialog boxes in SoftMaker Office use the visuals of
Windows 8 (you can set this with the Tools > Options command).

- Three functions have been added to PlanMaker: SumIfs, AverageIfs, and
CountIfs.

If you already use SoftMaker Office 2012 for Windows, you can download
this new revision as a free service pack.

Read more about it:
http://softmaker.com/
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« Reply #93 on: December 05, 2012, 04:07:28 PM »

Curt, thanks VERY much for posting this!  I haven't yet received this message, but I'm very excited to know that TextMaker will now read WordPerfect files.  Until now, I had to read such files on an old computer that had WordPerfect installed.  I'm pretty basic in my use of PlanMaker, but some of those changes may be useful as well.
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« Reply #94 on: December 07, 2012, 07:40:35 AM »

What is the difference between this and FreeOffice BTW?
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« Reply #95 on: December 07, 2012, 08:09:47 AM »

What is the difference between this and FreeOffice BTW?

I hadn't heard of that one - sounds roughly like the previous version



PDF link (comparision of sorts):
http://www.softmaker.net/...n/officecomparison_en.pdf
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« Reply #96 on: December 07, 2012, 08:14:06 AM »

I see. So, basically, switching from LibreOffice would not make much sense. Damn.
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« Reply #97 on: January 19, 2013, 02:13:30 PM »

The road from eM Client 3.5 to version 5 has not been long, but is at least a free upgrade.

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SoftMaker eM Client Professional 5
E-mails, tasks, events, and contacts...


SoftMaker eM Client Professional 5, which is part of SoftMaker Office Professional 2012, competently manages your e-mails, events, tasks, and contacts:

    Its powerful e-mail module lets you receive, create, and manage e-mail messages.

    Tasks and events are taken care of by SoftMaker eM Client Professional, too. You can keep them locally on your PC, but you can also connect to calendars of friends and colleagues over the Internet.

    SoftMaker eM Client Professional stores your personal and business contacts on your PC, but also synchronizes them over the Internet.

    The built-in chat program lets you stay in touch with your friends, regardless of whether they use MSN, ICQ, Google Chat, or Facebook Chat.

By the way, eM is made in USA, even though SoftMaker is  German:





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« Reply #98 on: February 17, 2013, 05:28:53 PM »

hmm... SoftMaker's offers on Bits du Jour used to be 50% off, but eM Client 5 today is only "40% off". Maybe because version 5 still is quite new?

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valid for another 8½ hours...
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« Reply #99 on: February 17, 2013, 05:54:16 PM »

I see. So, basically, switching from LibreOffice would not make much sense. Damn.

I've used both.

SoftMaker has more of an MS Office 2003 feel to it. Libre is Libre and not overly concerned about being quite so close to the MS Office experience as SoftMaker seems to be.

Functionally they're equivalent to each other although SoftMaker feels lighter on some PCs. However, with the advent of Libre v4 that may change since they're finally cutting out the Java nonsense previous versions were saddled with. 

If you're happy with Libre there's really no major reason to switch unless you're curious or like to try new software. That said, SoftMaker puts out a fine product - so it might be worth a try just to see if you like it more.

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