Classic menu still available?

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Woody44
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Classic menu still available?

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The Features web page for FlexiPDF offers the following as a "feature":
NEW: Intuitive ribbon interface in the style of modern Office programs
Is the ribbon menu the only user interface in FlexiPDF 2022, or does it also offer a classic, text-based menu toolbar as in SoftMaker Office 2021?
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Ribbons only in FlexiPDF 2022.

SoftMaker Office 2021 will continue to offer a choice of ribbons and menus.
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Looks like I won't be upgrading to FlexiPDF 2022, then.

I run SoftMaker Office with the classic menus. When I use Word 2016 or Word 2019, or Excel 2016 or 2019, I run them with an add-on that provides classic menus. I still use Adobe Reader XI and Acrobat 9 because they have classic menus. I am not interested in ribbon interfaces -- they make no sense to me. The attraction of SoftMaker Office is the availability of a comprehensible, classic menu system. I have zero interest in a product that only offers a ribbon menu, and I know that I am not alone in that opinion.
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If you purchased 2022, can you install older versions of FlexiPDF?

I'm not a huge fan of the ribbon interface either. It could be a matter of just getting used to it.
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No, with a new purchase of FlexiPDF 2022, you will be unable to activate older versions of FlexiPDF. Just start using FlexiPDF 2022 and in some time you will start enjoying ribbon interface.
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SuperTech wrote: Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:52 pm No, with a new purchase of FlexiPDF 2022, you will be unable to activate older versions of FlexiPDF. Just start using FlexiPDF 2022 and in some time you will start enjoying ribbon interface.
With all due respect, SuperTech, that is HIGHLY unlikely. I don't know how old you are, but I am 77 years old and I started using computers for word processing and spreadsheets with IBM-DOS 2.10. I have been using "classic" menus for so long that the ribbon menu makes no sense whatsoever. I have to use Word 2019 at work, and I must waste at least an hour out of every day searching the Internet to find out how to do something I could do in five seconds using Word 2003 or Textmaker (with the classic menu).

Same thing with PDF readers. FlexiPDF 2019 isn't bad, but I also still use Adobe Acrobat 9 and Adobe reader 11 for some tasks. Both of those Adobe products are out of date, but I know how they work. I tried the newer version of Adobe Reader and I couldn't do anything with it, so I deleted from my system and put Reader 11 on all my machines.

Respectfully, please don't let SoftMaker fall into the same mold as Microsoft, and assume that people will follow your lead and convert to the ribbon menu. We won't. I was all set to buy FlexiPDF 2022 -- until I learned that there's no classic menu. I'm sorry, but that takes FlexiPDF 2022 off the table. I have no reason to buy a program that offers very few (or none) new features that I need, and which is going to result in massive loss of productivity trying to learn a new user interface that makes my work more difficult rather than easier.

If SoftMaker Office didn't include the classic menu, there's no way I would have bought it. I could just download Libre Office (which still uses a classic menu) and use that.
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I have to say that I do agree. Classic menus very, very much preferred.
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Yes, this is a severe setback in FlexiPDF2022. As a SoftMaker volunteer I got early access to the release version and complained about this issue at the time, but I got the firm answer from SoftMaker that there will be no classic menu option for FlexiPDF. I helped myself by putting all my standard functions in the quick access bar.
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