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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

martin-k Re:Please change the name! (360 comments)

LibreSSL? LibreOffice?

This reminds me of something...

http://youtu.be/iV3-OdQkXPU

about 5 months ago
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Devs Grapple With 100+ Versions of Android

martin-k That's not our experience (386 comments)

We are currently porting SoftMaker Office to Android, and we are not experiencing any extraordinary issues that weren't present when we developed for Windows Mobile. So there are different screen resolutions, different Android OS versions, phones and tablets and netbooks, but a well-designed application should be able to handle that.

more than 3 years ago
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SoftMaker Office 2010 For Linux Nearing Release

martin-k Re:Objective comparison with OO.o (110 comments)

I didn't sound dismissive, or at least didn't want to. I simply invited him to track this down, if he has the time and inclination to do that. That's all.

more than 4 years ago
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SoftMaker Office 2010 For Linux Nearing Release

martin-k Re:Objective comparison with OO.o (110 comments)

If it takes 12 seconds to start a SoftMaker Office app, there is something seriously wrong with your setup. If you care, start it with "textmaker -debug", and it will create a log file (tmlog.txt) that protocols the launch process. Might be interesting to figure where it's idling.

As for the test documents, is it possible to get them? We take pride in our DOCX and XLSX filters (and their quality has been confirmed by several reviews), so I'd like to check them out.

On 32 bit systems, SoftMaker Office inherits the colors and fonts from the system (if you are running KDE or Gnome). On 64 bit systems, this doesn't work yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Released, Supports ODF Out of the Box

martin-k Not a good start (274 comments)

>> it includes the earlier-promised support for ODF text documents ...

And boy does it suck at that. We tried it out, and it is extremely unimpressive. Tracked changes are gone when you save to ODT, nested tables from ODT often lose their text, and object positioning is often wrong. Generally speaking, anything more than simple letters requires manual intervention.

Did they just repurpose the open source converter they commissioned? It certainly is the worst filter I've seen from Microsoft in a long time.

more than 5 years ago
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Hands-on Look At USB 3.0, Spec Details Revealed

martin-k Full speed, high speed, superspeed (251 comments)

After USB full speed and USB high speed, we now have USB superspeed. What comes next? Hyperspeed? FTL-speed?

Gotta love the marketing hyperbole...

about 6 years ago

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An unusual campaign: Download our software, and we pay money

martin-k martin-k writes  |  about 2 years ago

martin-k writes "SoftMaker runs an unusual campaign this year to promote its office suite for Windows and Linux: Download an unrestricted copy of SoftMaker FreeOffice for free, and we pay money. Not to you, but to charity projects around the world. Each download is worth 10 Euro cents of SoftMaker donations. Not a lot by itself, but if you multiply this with a large group people, it might become a sizeable amount of money that helps needy people. The Load and Help campaign is in full swing, with more than 15,000 downloads already completed."
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SoftMaker Office 2010 for Linux nearing release

martin-k martin-k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

martin-k writes "SoftMaker Office is a Microsoft-compatible office suite that competes with OpenOffice.org. Its creator, German software publisher SoftMaker is nearing completion of the latest release, SoftMaker Office 2010 for Linux. This new release offers document tabs, high-quality filters for the Microsoft Office 2007 file formats DOCX and XLSX, and presentation-quality charts in the spreadsheet. It also brings integration into KDE and Gnome, using the system's colors and fonts. A release candidate is available as a free download."
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SoftMaker Office now free... with a charity twist

martin-k martin-k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

martin-k (99343) writes "The office suite SoftMaker Office for Windows and Linux is now available as a free download ... with a twist: For every successful download, the developer donates ten Euro cents to charity and development projects on the open charity platform betterplace.org. Nearly two weeks into this campaign, the site has logged more than 57,000 downloads. But hurry, the campaign ends on December 31."
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SoftMaker Office 2008 now a free download

martin-k martin-k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

martin-k (99343) writes "The office suite SoftMaker Office 2008 is now a free download ... with a twist: For every successful download, SoftMaker donates ten Euro cents to charity and development projects on the open charity platform betterplace.org. Now there's a way to get a free office suite and do some good at the same time. Slashdot has reported about SoftMaker Office before."
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A new office suite from Germany enters public beta

martin-k martin-k writes  |  about 6 years ago

martin-k writes "Looking for alternatives to OpenOffice.org or KOffice or Gnome Office? German software vendor SoftMaker today released the public beta of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Linux, a commercial office suite that is also available for Windows and for Pocket PCs. The manufacturer pushes it for its high degree of compatibility with the Microsoft Office file formats, its speed, and its reliability. So, are you willing to venture into proprietary territory?"
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martin-k martin-k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

martin-k writes "Commercial office suite software is coming to FreeBSD ... and Linux, Windows, Sharp Zaurus and Windows Mobile! SoftMaker, a German developer, today released SoftMaker Office, a multi-platform office suite that excels in Microsoft Office compatibility, is much leaner and faster than OpenOffice.org and works on many operating systems, down to PDAs."
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martin-k martin-k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

martin-k writes "Like it or not, Microsoft Office is still the dominant office suite — of course, it's available only for Windows. FreeBSD and Linux users need to look elsewhere. A promising alternative could be SoftMaker Office 2006, a new office suite that is in beta right. SoftMaker, the suite's maker promises better filters for Word and Excel, but TextMaker also offers OpenDocument (ODF) import."

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