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Re: Softmaker Office for Linux

#11 Post by penguin » Sat May 05, 2018 7:47 am

also WPS Office for Linux, is a good chose :happy:

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Re: Softmaker Office for Linux

#12 Post by KBD » Sat May 05, 2018 9:30 am

Gordon Cooper wrote:Have not needed to use docx recently and have heard tales of others having problems with it. Think I did use Abiword for the occasional docx.
It's too bad odt open document format is not the default file format. If it was LO would certainly be more than enough. MS pretty much owns business office space.

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Re: Softmaker Office for Linux

#13 Post by KBD » Sat May 05, 2018 9:32 am

penguin wrote:also WPS Office for Linux, is a good chose :happy:

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Last time I tried it the program was filled with advertising which was a put off. Though it can be purchased to get rid of ads.

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Re: Softmaker Office for Linux

#14 Post by KBD » Sat May 05, 2018 9:45 am

linwinux wrote:
Jerry3904 wrote:Sure. At that level of complexity, I usually deliver PDFs as the final product (as I did just an hour ago--yeah!) or switch software.
I agree with that 100% because I've been using both, MS Office from the 90s until the mid 2000s, and then switched to OpenOffice, followed 3 years later by switching to LibreOffice. I've used Microsoft Office to create Brochures, Flyers, Business Letters, Databases, Presentations, and more. I have never had a problem converting any files to OpenOffice / LibreOffice yet. Sure, I've noticed formatting differences, but generally minor enough to be either easily ignored or quickly adjusted. I believe anyone who needs to create such complex documents that "perfect formatting" is an absolute must, more than likely wouldn't be a Linux user in the first place, but rather the kind of person who uses a Mac.
Converting important files to be shared by others to PDF is a no-brainer, that really goes without saying ...

Granted, I also believe in having more applications to choose from, but in some cases more software only makes things more confusing to less experienced users. Just imagine trying to explain specifically how you achieved a particular result with LibreOffice, to someone who started using SoftmakerOffice. LibreOffice also makes a large selection of additional Template files available on their site, with a community has been extremely well established for many years. If LibreOffice is too much or not good enough for you, there are already alternatives available with Abiword and Gnumeric (others too).

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I would hate to think someone would be pushed to use a Mac if they happen to be a writer or otherwise needed high quality office software and precise formatting :(
Disagree about it being confusing having more software. More software and choices are what Linux is all about :) It is not a negative, but a positive. And having another serious competitor to MS Office is great.
In a perfect world MS Office would not have such a stranglehold and instead free open doc formats would be the rule. If anyone is well served by LO that is a good thing, and for those times when they are not, options beyond MS are good :)

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