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Invitation for all: SoftMaker Office 2016 available immediately for public beta testing
The German software manufacturer SoftMaker released the beta version of SoftMaker Office 2016 for Windows today. The new Office is now even faster and more compatible with Microsoft Office. Numerous functional improvements make it the alternative to Microsoft Office. SoftMaker invites everyone who is interested to download the beta version for free and test it.
- SoftMaker Office 2016 for Windows is available immediately for public beta testing.
- Everyone who is interested can download the beta version from www.softmaker.com free of charge.
- Incorporates new versions of the word processor TextMaker, the spreadsheet program PlanMaker and the presentation software Presentations.
- As a novelty, E-mail and calendaring is provided by an extended version of Thunderbird with Lightning – both for SoftMaker Office Standard and SoftMaker Office Professional.
- The professional version additionally includes Berlitz dictionaries for English, German, French and Italian.
- Seamless support for all Microsoft Office formats such as DOC and DOCX, XLS and XLSX as well as PPT and PPTX
- Link: http://www.softmaker.com
SoftMaker Office 2016 enters public beta testing: starting today, anybody who is interested can download the beta version from the SoftMaker website www.softmaker.com free of charge and test it. The new Office package from the Nuremberg software manufacturer incorporates new versions of the word processor TextMaker, the spreadsheet program PlanMaker and the presentation program Presentations. As an alternative to Microsoft Outlook, SoftMaker positions the E-mail and calendar program Thunderbird which has been improved and had new functions added by SoftMaker.
SoftMaker Office 2016 is even faster, more compatible and comfortable.
The new SoftMaker Office 2016 convinces with numerous improvements. One of them is the further improved speed. The previous 2012 version was already streamlined, resource-friendly and fast, but SoftMaker Office raises the bar still higher.
Thus, Microsoft Office files are opened as fast as lightning, sometimes even faster than Microsoft Office itself manages. The graphics functions can now use several CPU cores, drastically accelerating the handling of documents with large images. The result: an incredibly fast Office package.
Compatibility with the Microsoft Office formats has once again been improved. In any case, the SoftMaker import and export filters serve as references within the market: both the older Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats DOC, XLS and PPT as well as the latest Microsoft Office 2007-2013 formats (DOCX, XLSX, PPTX) are already opened and saved true to the original. SoftMaker Office 2016 now closes the last gaps, for example by supporting the font color “Automatic” and the integration of a Word-compatible text highlighting function (text marker). No other Office package provides such seamless data exchange with Microsoft Office.
SoftMaker Office 2016 has also become more user-friendly, for example with its real-time preview of text formats, file preview of documents before opening them, improved table and page layout formatting and a lot more. SoftMaker Office also supports modern 4K monitors and enables agile zooming and scrolling on touchscreens using your fingers.
SoftMaker Office 2016 also improves its functionality
TextMaker 2016 not only offers improved PDF export with tagging and bookmarks, but also for the first time is able to export files to the E-book format “EPUB”. Therefore, E-books can be created from written documents in two common formats in a matter of seconds. Now, charts in eighty different 2D and 3D variants can be inserted and diversely formatted in TextMaker 2016 as well as in Presentations 2016.
PlanMaker 2016 makes it possible for the user to edit and create pivot tables for precise data analysis and structuring. The new version of SoftMaker’s spreadsheet program now also supports huge worksheets with 1 million rows. Conditional formatting now works as in Excel 2013 – including color bars, marking the highest and lowest values as well as new icons for value trends.
Presentations 2016 now uses “smart guides” to support the fast, precise alignment of objects with one another. Tables were fully redeveloped in Presentations 2016: instead of a collection of AutoShapes, it now incorporates real tables as in TextMaker and PowerPoint.
Both in Presentations as in TextMaker and PlanMaker, photo frames are supported; images can also be directly cropped directly in the document in all three programs.
SoftMaker Office 2016 comes with integrated version management for documents: an unlimited number of backup copies of each document can be created fully automatically for each document. The integrated version manager enables the user to revert to any earlier file version at the push of a button.
New on board: Extended Thunderbird with Lightning
The two open-source programs Thunderbird and Lightning take over the E-mail, appointments and task management part in SoftMaker Office 2016. SoftMaker has improved the Thunderbird user interface and integrated functions for fast filing of E-mails in folders.
Moreover, SoftMaker provides an import filter for E-mails, contacts, calendars and tasks for the “eM Client Professional” application that SoftMaker had previously shipped. This means that the move from eM Client to Thunderbird is done with a few keystrokes.
Everybody is welcome to test it!
Managing Director Martin Kotulla: “We are proud to be able to present the public beta version of the new SoftMaker Office 2016 to our customers and those who wish to become our customers. We invite all interested users to download it free of charge from our website and to test the package thoroughly. We look forward to feedback."
The Nuremberg software house was founded in 1987 and has worked on the development and improvement of its own Office program SoftMaker Office since then. It incorporates the word processor TextMaker, the spreadsheet program PlanMaker and the presentation program SoftMaker Presentations. The compact, stable office suite which is compatible with Microsoft Office is offered for the operating systems Windows, Linux, Android, Windows Mobile and Windows CE. SoftMaker also offers professional font collections, including the MegaFont XXL and infiniType collections.
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