What's new in SoftMaker Office 2018?

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What's new in SoftMaker Office 2018?

Post by martin-k » Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:32 pm

Basics, installation
  • Software available as 32 and 64 bit versions
  • The setup is now a pure MSI setup (file extension .msi instead of .exe).
  • Simplified use of the setup program: there are only "default" and "custom" installation options.
  • There will also be a Linux (32 and 64 bit) and a Mac version (64 bit only).
User interface
  • You can use SoftMaker Office either with classic menus and toolbars, or with ribbons. You can select this when you start the application for the first time.
  • Dozens of dropdown controls that make using SoftMaker Office easier – for example for inserting fields, adding bullets and changing the formatting of objects.
  • All dropdown controls can not only be used with ribbons, but also on toolbars in classic mode.
  • Ribbons can be edited to a certain degree (add new ribbon tabs, append new sections to existing tabs).
  • The "quick-access toolbar" shows commonly used symbols and controls.
  • In ribbon mode, there is a touch mode with larger symbols and more generous spacing (there is a button on the quick-access toolbar to toggle touch mode). In classic mode, the software offers optional large icons (see menu View > Touch mode).
  • You can now toggle touch mode and large icons without restarting the application.
  • There are not only document tabs, but also separate windows for documents: click on the respective checkbox in File > New or File Open, or drag a document tab to the desktop.
  • General drag and drop with document tabs: rearrange tabs in the tabbar, move to the desktop, move between the tab bars of several open application windows.
  • All toolbar and ribbon icons have been drawn in a completely new style.
  • You can "pin" important files in the dropdown lists of the recent files and recent templates, letting you access them easily.
  • You can empty the recent-files list directly from the dropdown.
New features across all applications
  • New file formats TMDX for TextMaker and PRDX for Presentations. PlanMaker continues to use PMDX.
  • When you save for the first time, you are asked if you prefer working with DOCX/XLSX/PPTX or TMDX/PMDX/PRDX.
  • When you send a document by e-mail, a Microsoft format is selected by default, because the recipient is more likely to be able to open that instead of a SoftMaker format.
  • Picture can now be rotated with .1 degree precision.
  • In File > Options, you can now clean up backup files conveniently.
  • The spell checker optionally skips words that begin with a digit.
  • Underlining now offers many styles, and the underline color may be chosen separately from the text color.
  • The dialog box "Edit dictionaries" now not only lets you delete entries, but also edit them and add new ones.
  • Typographic quotation marks now also support Swedish.
  • Real-time word counter in the status bar (must be added manually by customizing the status bar at the moment).
  • Table styles (replace the old table AutoFormat function)
  • You can insert rows in tables "above" and "below" the current row. Previously you could only insert above and append at the end of the table.
  • Change the structure of databases
  • Import the Thunderbird address book
  • Additional page-format options in Format > Chapter
  • New RTF import filter for improved import results
  • Table frames
  • Embedded objects can now be easily resized.
  • Database fields in Word files are kept even if the attached database is not currently available.
  • Simple insertion of page numbers in headers and footers
  • Edit fields
  • Smart guides
  • New options for indexes
  • Alignment tabs in headers and footers for improved Word compatibility
  • "Tables" are now supported (ranges of a worksheet with their own formula syntax and pleasing formatting).
  • Cell styles like in Excel 2016
  • The size of the tabs in the worksheet register can be changed (see File > Options).
  • During text-file import, it is now easier to recognize that you can change the data type of columns by clicking on the column heads.
  • Improved freezing of rows and columns
  • New options for comment placement

  • Presenter view: the slide show runs on one monitor, and the second monitor offers tools for the presenter.
  • The concept of master slides is now compatible with PowerPoint 2007-2016.
  • Movies are now inserted and played using modern media APIs instead of the old MCI interface.
  • Movies are exported using modern media APIs instead of the old MCI interface.
  • Slide shows are now shown using OpenGL instead of DirectX. This has the side effect that all animations and transitions, including the ones that SoftMaker added, will be available in Linux, on the Mac and in Android, too.
  • Slide export as images offers new options.
  • Improved guide handling
Martin Kotulla
SoftMaker Software GmbH


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