SoftMaker Office 2018 Available as Free Public Beta for Linux

SoftMaker Office 2018 is now available as a public beta for Linux users among you. It is an Office package. In direct comparison with older versions of the software, especially the operation has been completely revised. So you can, just like with the now available Windows version for some weeks, either with a more classic menu or with Ribbons work. Also the new 2018er version is according to the developers the first, which completely as 64-Bit-Variante is available. Another variant is in the starting blocks for Apple Mac.

So you can edit all classic formats with SoftMaker Office 2018 – also DOCX, XLSX and PPTX. This guarantees seamless compatibility with Microsoft Office. If interested, you can download the free beta version directly from SoftMaker for Linux. The suite includes TextMaker 2018 as a companion to Word, PlanMaker 2018 for spreadsheets, the PowerPoint Alternative Presentations 2018, and also some add-ons for the Thunderbird email program.

If you would like to use SoftMaker Office Professional, you will also receive the Duden proofreader for a spelling and grammar checker as well as dictionaries from Duden and Langenscheidt. Also, if for any reason you do not fancy the 64-bit version, you can also get SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux as a 32-bit equivalent. For the first time, an import filter for OpenDocument Calc (ODS) is also included in PlanMaker's 2018 suite.

You can now also operate the programs much like a browser and arrange documents either in tabs or individual windows. By dragging and dropping, you also drag the documents out of the respective window or into another one. If you also work with two monitors, such as presenting, you benefit from a new speaker view. This way, your viewers only see the current slides, while on a notebook, for example, you can also view other slides or add real-time annotations / drawings.

You should know: The beta for SoftMaker Office 2018 is free, but the full version costs money: For the Windows version are currently 49.95 euros (standard) or 59.95 euros (Professional) , This price should probably apply later for the final Linux version.