SoftMaker is a premium productivity suite and one of the most viable alternatives to Microsoft Office. FreeOffice is a stripped down version of SoftMaker premium with fewer features than the premium version. You can read about the difference between the features of SoftMaker and FreeOffice here.
The FreeOffice is a good enough replacement office suite for those who have been looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Office on Linux and other platforms. Do note that neither FreeOffice nor SoftMaker is open source though.
FreeOffice 2018 features
FreeOffice comes with a word processor (TextMaker), a presentation program (Presentations) and a spreadsheet (PlanMaker) application for both home and business use. All applications are seamlessly compatible with those in Microsoft Office and support open file formats for Linux.
The previous version of FreeOffice could open DOCX, PPTX and XLSX, while FreeOffice 2018 can save as well as open these file formats. With it, you can share files directly with users of Microsoft Office without having to export them first. FreeOffice 2018 also supports the older formats, DOC, XLS and PPT files as well as ODF files that are used by OpenOffice and LibreOffice.
The user interface has been completely revised. Users can easily switch from the modern ribbons to the classic menus and toolbars. The new ribbon interface also makes available menus. There is also a quick access toolbar that lets the user get quick access to the most important functions.
For those who use touchscreen computers, it is now possible to switch to touch mode with increased spacing between the user interface elements and larger icons. The touch mode works with both the ribbons and classic menu interface.
The FreeOffice TextMaker word processor is used to create all types of documents from flyer designs, brochures to writing business letters and scientific papers. It contains numerous design options with its unique object mode that can be used to place pictures, text frames and drawings in your documents. FreeOffice TextMaker also supports Hunspell Dictionaries for spell-checks. This helps users to find typos in different languages.
FreeOffice PlanMaker is the FreeOffice spreadsheet application. It is used to create complex calculations, charts and worksheets. Pictures, text frames, 2D and 3D charts, and drawings can be inserted. It also has a catalog with attractive cell styles. Cell styles and conditional formatting like that in Microsoft Excel 2016 can be created.
FreeOffice Presentations could be used to create animations and slide transitions for presentations. Animations and slide shows use OpenGL graphics acceleration.
Download FreeOffice 2018
FreeOffice 2018 is available for free for home and business usage. You can download the FreeOffice 2018 from its download page.
Note that you have to provide an email address before you would see the download options of DEB and RPM packages. A product key will be mailed to this address and you have to use this product key on the first use of FreeOffice.
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