SoftMaker FreeOffice is a more basic version of the premium SoftMaker Office suite. The free version is compatible with both Windows and Linux PCs. If you want to replace Microsoft Outlook or another email client, you will need to upgrade to SoftMaker Office Standard or Professional. Both of these options carry an additional charge, for which you get Thunderbird for managing your emails, contacts and calendars.
Whether you choose the free, standard or professional version of SoftMaker Office, the three main programs you get are identical. TextMaker is the word processing application, PlanMaker is the spreadsheet application, and Presentations lets you put together slideshows. Although you don’t get a separate drawing program, graphics-drawing and image functions are integrated into each application, including image cropping, special effects, and advanced settings like gradients, contrast and gamma. You can also build and insert over 80 different kind of charts, including bar charts and histograms. The spreadsheet program contains over 350 calculation functions, and each worksheet can have up to 1 million rows and 16,384 columns. The presentation software allows you to include sound files and insert image collections.
This free office suite from SoftMaker is fully compatible with Microsoft Office files, including PPT and PPTX formats. It also includes a number of PDF tools, such as fillable PDF form creation, PDF tagging and PDF bookmarking. SoftMaker FreeOffice also supports exporting files to EPUB format. While it is widely compatible and offers PDF and EPUB support, this software does not provide any collaboration features. There’s no way for multiple users to access or edit shared documents simultaneously. However, with the companion app for Android, you can access, edit and save files to Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive.
With the free version of SoftMaker Office, you can install it on as many devices as you want. However, with a single install key, every installation requires the same email address and name. To combat this, you can simply request multiple free product keys. If you choose one of the page options, whether Standard or Professional, you’re restricted to three installations for home or business. SoftMaker does not provide email, phone or live chat support for FreeOffice, but you can make use of its tips and tricks page, the company blog, and the community forums should you need help.