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Software SmackDown: SoftMaker Comes Out on Top

Jul 06, 2009, 21:02 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"WordPerfect aside, most of these offerings disappoint when it comes to round tripping documents with Office users, although many provide perfectly fine alternatives for stand-alone use, particularly by those that don't need to create the most complex business document.

"The funny thing is, though, that the quality of the result, and even the ability to interoperate in a world dominated by Microsoft's Office, doesn't necessarily equate to the depth of the resources of the developer. Now isn't that an interesting observation?

"That's the lesson of a product comparison posted a week ago at InfoWorld by Randall C. Kennedy. In that article, Kennedy describes the "torture test" he used to evaluate two office suites: the one developed by SoftMaker, and the much better known offering of OpenOffice.org. You may be surprised to learn that Kennedy scores the SoftMaker suite highest. Most intriguingly, Kennedy concludes that SoftMaker cleans OOo's clock when it comes to the hardly insignificant or difficult task of playing nicely with that Other Suite that so many people around the world use."

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