SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

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SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by kwhytte » Wed May 23, 2018 10:45 am

Dear All,
I have the 2016 version and asked to update it and I did.
I now have both 2018 and 2016 installed
2016: 85 mb
2018: 156 mb

And couldn't find any comparison info at your site
Would you please let us know the difference?

I rather have 2016. Need to know if it is worthwhile to keep 2018 if so why?

all the best
Kimberley

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by kwhytte » Fri May 25, 2018 4:58 pm

Question needs to be answered ultimately by the company I presume.
Or a moderator on behalf of them.
No one at home?

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by sven-l » Tue May 29, 2018 11:50 am

FreeOffice 2018 is based on the newer SoftMaker Office 2018 with better MS Office compatibility and ribbon interface. You can now also save your files in docx, xlsx or pptx file format (no need to use the older file formats like doc, xls or ppt anymore).
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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by campingcheese » Tue May 29, 2018 9:05 pm

kwhytte wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 10:45 am
I rather have 2016. Need to know if it is worthwhile to keep 2018 if so why?
Keep 2016 if you work with .odt files, because they removed saving in .odt from the 2018 version.

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by bill0287 » Wed May 30, 2018 3:37 pm

They seem to have removed a lot of features from 2016...who thought that was a good idea?

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by martin-k » Wed May 30, 2018 3:38 pm

... and we added a ton of new features as well. Please list specifically what features you really miss, and we'll discuss it here.
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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by bill0287 » Wed May 30, 2018 8:52 pm

martin-k wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 3:38 pm
... and we added a ton of new features as well. Please list specifically what features you really miss, and we'll discuss it here.
Off the top of my head:

.odt files (something I don't use, but is mentioned here)
Format copy/transfer feature (was removed once before and then re-added again after complaints)
.doc/.xls/.ppt support (why remove these? People still use them and may need them for legacy files)
Footnotes in TextMaker
Insert Comments in PlanMaker

There may be more...

I know you added many new features, and those greatly appreciated, of course...but what I don't understand is the fundamental reason behind the removal of basic features that people are used to having, have had for years in the free version, and now lose them when they upgrade? How are your customers expected to react to this practice?

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by rengab » Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:14 am

Was the saving in other file formats also removed in paid version?

Thanks

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by Jossi » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:06 pm

No. SoftMaker Office can still save als *.doc, *.xls and *.ppt.

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by rengab » Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:14 am

may i request link to SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 download

thanks

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by martin-k » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:49 am

rengab wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:14 am
may i request link to SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 download

thanks
FreeOffice 2016 is no longer offered.
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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by rengab » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:32 pm

hi martin

hope you bring back saving to .doc format in fo2018

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by martin-k » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:36 pm

This is a software we give away for free. It was a hard decision for us to allow saving in .docx, .xlsx and .pptx formats because it cuts into the sales of our commercial version. Please understand that we need to reserve some features for the commercial version.
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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by techchat » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:08 pm

Bring back the format paint brush. It's a must have for any office package. :(

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Re: SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 vs 2018?

Post by bill0287 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:32 pm

So can we get back any of the features I mentioned in the post above?

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