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Linux.com: SoftMaker Office 2006 Beta: Not a Killer App

Nov 23, 2006, 09:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"German software developer SoftMaker has released a free 30-day download of the beta GNU/Linux version of SoftMaker Office 2006, a proprietary office suite that retails for $70. The suite includes word processor TextMaker, spreadsheet PlanMaker, and subsystems for databases and drawings. These tools are fast and robust, and include a moderately complete features list--somewhat less than the equivalent tools in OpenOffice.org, but greater than those in KOffice or GNOME Office. However, where TextMaker is a full-featured application with only a few areas where functionality is basic, PlanMaker is sparse to the point of often being inconvenient.

"The SoftMaker 30-day beta comes in two tar files: one for TextMaker and PlanMaker, and another for language files that contains 17 European languages or their variants, including UK and US English. Since SoftMaker is self-contained, you do not need to extract the tar files as root unless more than one user on the system wants to try the software. Instead, all you need to do is extract both files to the same directory..."

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