GERMAN SOFTWARE house SoftMaker has released a new version of its office suite, emphasising its freeware credentials.
FreeOffice for Windows and Linux is the successor to SoftMaker Office Basic, and is, we're told, all about compatibility. The firm claims that it has the highest levels of compatibility with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Softmaker FreeOffice consists of TextMaker, a Word alternative that includes DOC and DOCX support, plus change tracking and export to PDF and EPUB.
Planmaker, the Excel alternative, can open XLS and XLSX files, and can offer worksheets of up to a million rows with pivot tables on a par and compatible with Excel.
Presentations is the PowerPoint equivalent which opens PPT and PPTX files and offers DirectX graphic acceleration for effective animations and transitions.
FreeOffice is a free alternative to the company's full SoftMaker Office Suite of which we've been fans for some years. The team first went to market way back in 1987, and has picked up some seven million users since the current SoftMaker Office suite appeared four years ago.
FreeOffice offers many of the advances found in the paid version, including multiple core use and touchscreen support. It also supports everything from Windows XP to Windows 10, all Linux distributions and is compatible with 4K monitors. The use of multi-core has resulted in much faster graphics rendering than in previous editions.
Martin Kotulla, SoftMaker’s managing director, said: “If you’re looking for a free, highly performing Office suite which offers top compatibility you cannot look past the new FreeOffice 2016.
"We are convinced that FreeOffice 2016 is the best free office suite, and we cordially invite everybody to download it. FreeOffice 2016 is licensed for home and business use alike."
If you need something even fancier, Softmaker Office HD is still available, and you know we love that as we gave it our Best Business Software award at the INQUIRER Tech Hero Awards last year.
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