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Giveaway of the day — SoftMaker Office NX Home

Your new Office suite. Intuitive to use, seamlessly compatible.
$17.94 EXPIRED
User rating: 66 (66%) 34 (34%) 44 comments

SoftMaker Office NX Home was available as a giveaway on July 2, 2019!

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SoftMaker Office NX Home for Windows is the No. 1 alternative to Microsoft Office and LibreOffice. Plus, it’s easier to use and highly reliable. The software offers everything you’d expect from a professional office suite. Thanks to the native use of the file formats DOCX, XLSX and PPTX, it offers seamless compatibility with Microsoft Office. The resource-friendly system requirements allow a quick workflow with nearly any hardware setup. The office suite can be installed to a USB flash drive so that it can be used on any PC without installation.

Please note: the program includes a 6 month license! Only for the new users - you won't be able to extend the activation period with a new free product key if you already took advantage of the previous GOTD offer. The program archive includes ONLY readme file with the download and registration instructions to follow!

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer; Mac; Linux

Publisher:

SoftMaker Software GmbH

Homepage:

https://www.softmaker.com/en/softmaker-office

File Size:

4 KB

Price:

$17.94

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#15

What does SoftMaker Office use for macros. Did quick review of the site and did not see macros mentioned. Any office suit without macro functionality is kind of useless for me.

Reply   |   Comment by grean  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

If this was a giveaway for SoftMaker Office 2018 product I would have concidered testing it out and reviewing it and if it was functionally equivilent or better (value or functionality) than Microsoft Office I may have recommended it to my social and professional aquaintences. But a short 6 month new user only free trial of the subscription model of the product I'd not be interested in as a product in general or as a potential product to recommend to my customers as I do not believe in a susbcription model for stand alone software. Only on software that requires ongoing finacial costs to the vendor like Anti-malware that requires ongoing research labs to discover malware and devise countermesures for it on an ongoing basis or cloud applications that require the use of an ongoing hosting service to even function. But not for a stand alone office suite whose ony ongoing workload is bug fixing and version feature improvement that they will sell in the future and should not be subsidised by existing customers because developers should resolve bugs before selling the product and existing customers should not have to pay for new versions they may never want to buy.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#13

Another pretty good free package comes from ssuitesoft.com (there are multiple versions, all free). It's somewhat similar to this one, in that it is relatively lightweight and, while it covers the basics well, is not really competitive with MS Office or LibreOffice in features. My primary interest is in advanced Excel usage, and not even LibreOffice matches Excel for analytic tasks; the free or low-cost packages are not in the same league. As for WPS, I wouldn't touch it. Too many complaints from users about bugs, lack of functionality, and lack of support.

Reply   |   Comment by Harlan  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#12

SoftMaker is a 30 year old company developing office & PDF apps & fonts. Their Office suite is one of the best -- some feel The best -- alternatives to Microsoft Office. It's also sold with Ashampoo branding. You can sometimes pick up the Ashampoo branded version for less that $20 during one of their frequent sales -- after that SoftMaker will offer upgrade sales when there's a new version, usually in my experience for around $20. SoftMaker also has excellent Android versions of their office apps. And they have a free version too -- it lacks some of the features of the paid version, and may be based on an earlier version of SoftMaker Office, rather than the latest, current version.

TechRadar has a decent article listing the best, free office apps, including SoftMaker's:

techradar[.]com/best/free-office-software

The only caution I'd mention is regarding WPS Office, and it's really a Big Maybe right now... NOT getting anywhere near political topics, the US has been black listing an increasing number of Chinese tech companies, and WPS is Chinese. *IF* that happened, they wouldn't be able to get support etc. from Microsoft for future Windows updates.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

I agree about WPS Office. I installed it (in the free version), and it immediately began doing some suspicious things related to the cloud, and to my personal data.

It's also too close to Microsoft Office for comfort. I really feels as if it were pirated.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#11

Been Using Open Office Free For Years Enough Said!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I Agree Ron and I have never had a problem using open office alongside people who have Microsoft office my documents seen to open fine for the Microsoft office users. Open Office works for me and it's free for life. For me 6 months is useless.

Reply   |   Comment by Damo  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#10

Somethings broke. All I get is a readme.txt file and no package to unzip.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Doug, Same here... just the .txt file on zip

Reply   |   Comment by Gustavo  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Doug, Read the recipe!

Please note: the program includes a 6 month license! Only for the new users - you won't be able to extend the activation period with a new free product key if you already took advantage of the previous GOTD offer. The program archive includes ONLY readme file with the download and registration instructions to follow!

Reply   |   Comment by Basilica  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#9

It is a 6 month licence. I checked the prices if you wish to purchase.
What is the point when the prices are not much different from the real thing Microsoft Office? In addition please note that the so-called has only TextMaker, PlanMaker, Presentations, BasicMaker, Extended Thunderbird.
Microsoft Office Professional has Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. But by far the most important thing is if you are already familiar with MsOffice, you do not need to relearn all over again, some clone software that is not cheap at all.
Reliability and Usability are very important.
Spend $40 more and get the real thing.
And we are not even talking about bulk discounts given by Microsoft to big companies and government departments.
With student / academic discounts on MsOffice, there is no reason to even consider the clones (that are NOT cheap).

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

ricohflex,
i did noticed 6month. Often I may not use within 6 month or year if so maybe once or twice. In that case to eliminate stress I will skip this giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by infi05  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

ricohflex,

"I checked the prices if you wish to purchase. What is the point when the prices are not much different from the real thing Microsoft Office?"

There are different versions of Microsoft's Office. They've been slowly trying to phase out the stand-alone product that you pay for once & own. You can often get it cheaper -- SCDKey sells keys for around $40 I think -- but lots of people complain about hassles like frequent de-activation requiring a reinstall etc. regardless where you buy it. Office 365 is usually on sale [at least in the US] only in November, with 1 year personal [1 user] licenses for around $30 & family [6 user] for around $50.

There are people setting up biz or academic servers with Office 365 corporate or academic licenses, then selling alleged 1 year licenses for extremely cheap prices on eBay. You don't actually get a license of any sort -- basically they just add you to their list of corp. or edu PCs, and licensing & verification happens via their servers. And it works OK until they decide to sell your seat to someone else, or take their profits & shut down the server(s) or whatever. You have zero protection in that case. OTOH you're not out a lot of money.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#8

I used Ashampoo Office Free for quite awhile and loved it. Then one day, it started giving an error message whenever I tried to save something. Sadly, I could not figure it out. I first tried uninstalling it and reinstalling but the error continued. So I then gave Softmaker Free a try but it gave the same error when saving. I am thinking it is something in the registry that Ashampoo put and remained after uninstalling, even though I use an in/unstaller program, and that is why both generate the same error since both are by Ashampoo.

Unable to decipher the issue with those, I moved on and , finding LibreOffice to be a resource hog, I am now using Apache OpenOffice. I like that it is all self-contained in one icon/GUI as opposed to a different one for each component. There are a few quirks, like not being able to right click and paste into a spreadsheet and having to use ctrl+v, but otherwise so far so good. If this becomes problematic, I will go back to WPS.

Not really much information on today's offering, just sharing my experiences should it help anyone.

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

jboy, do you recall the wording of the error and what OS and build were you using before the error and what OS and build were you using after the error?

If windows 10 it did introduce a very heavy handed ransomware protection feature in one of the feature updates that if enabled can prevent perfectly safe normal software from being abe to save its files on NTFS drives....

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK,
It was about a year ago and I do not recall the exact wording of the error message. I tried figuring it out at the time but could not. The OS was Win10Home x64 before and after the error, though which version update I am unsure. I never had any trouble saving files from any other software but these. I gave it another try a few months ago and installed Ashampoo Office Free once again but got the same saving error. That is when I moved to Apache.

Thank you for the effort and reply, much appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Well designed office suite with really good compatibility with MS Office - it's far better at this than OpenOffice or LibreOffice plus light and lightning-fast, compared to both.
No ads, no risk of spyware, no constant connecting with unknown servers as in WPS Office case (I had only experiences with WPS from few years ago, and I almost immediately uninstalled it then, perhaps WPSO has been improved since, but I don't need or want to test it again, and I'm hard to blame for that).

I definitely prefer non-subscription license however.
For pre-7 versions of Windows, there's previous standard version (SoftMakerOffice 2016) available for free: softmaker.*de*/reg/ofw16free_en.htm (delete asterisks when copy-pasting). Note: it's good for Win 7, 8 & 10 too.

It's worth noted that the standard version of SoftMakerOffice 2018, i.e. lifetime license, not a subscription, and not an online limited (as in the case of pathetic MSO 365 educational free), but full offline version - is totally free for educational institutions (schools, universities, etc.) and for their teachers.

Reply   |   Comment by Soark  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#6

We can all agree Microsoft's annual subscription is pricey, and only a year's rental, but also consider two factors: It's the original and the one everyone else copies, and you also get a TB of storage included. BTW, I have a subscription, and I don't work for Microsoft.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

I disagree. If you need cloud storage the all in price for O365 is a bargain. You basically get the software for free.

O365 (individual) w/1TB storage at $70 USD... See if you can get 1TB storage alone for a better price.

Or get O365 (home) at $100 (USD) with 6TB storage (6 users... that could be one user w/6 logins and shared access).

Reply   |   Comment by Alli  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

John,
I have MS Office 2007 Business Edition, bought and paid for. It can be installed on any of my computers, and has a rich suite of programs beyond the main four; Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. There are at least eight more lesser used programs included in the suite.

Everything I do with MS Office 2007 Business is handled nicely. I have looked at later versions, and found that there really is not much more in them, and none are worth the high price to upgrade from what I have. Any new features that are included with the newer versions are things I will likely never use anyway.

As for the subscription version, I'm not looking to pay an annual fee for the right to use something when I have a paid for older version that works quite well for me.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

L. Cleveland Major, I also use Office 2007 but now when, on the odd occasion, I need to ask for help via the F1 key I get a message stating that Microsoft no longer supports the product. This is one of the dangers of having the help function only available online - it's so easy to abandon your older customers and force them to seek help (using the internet) by other means.

Reply   |   Comment by GrandadBob  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

GrandadBob,

" I also use Office 2007... Microsoft no longer supports the product."

I got a couple of licenses for Office 2007 Ult. as a reward for participating in their win7 insider program. Just after win7 went from beta to general release the next version of Office came out, & that was 2009, so it's not been current for 10 years. [This is the last year that win7 has any support.]

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

John, I don't use cloud storage don't need it don't trust it, I have have 240 TB of NAS storage anyway. I'll stick to Office 2007. for the little I use any word processing/spread sheet etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Black  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

GrandadBob,
Understood.

Personally, I have no need of the online help function. I do not do my work for customers that would need that type of help. I use the different programs in the suite to create my own projects, and 2007 does everything I need. Once a project is done, it is a work in and of itself, and can be sold or given away by me according to my own plans for it. I see no reasons why such a work would require help from MS. I provide answers to any questions from any customers or associates that wish to be involved, because it is my own creation, and I know how and what it is intended to be.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Alli,

>"O365 (individual) w/1TB storage at $70 USD... See if you can get 1TB storage alone for a better price."
Actually. you can get Zoolz Cloud Backup For Home: 1TB of Cloud Backup Storage for $19.99 on sale very often. You can use it in place of other cloud storage options, such as for Office suites. Do a search and I am sure you will find it.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

You might like to try WPS Office which I've used instead of Microsoft Office for some years. It used to have popup advertising but this seems to have disappeared with a redesigned that occurred recently. It as tabs which I find really useful when working on a number of documents at the same time. Nice simple and modern design which took a short time to get used to after the previous versions which were more like early versions of Word.

Reply   |   Comment by Roy Heath  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#4

What a waste of time, when OpenOffice, LibreOffice do the same thing, for free... it is even based on the same platform -

If, after 6 months, you've got to pay to use it, then you might as well use Microsoft Office and have the real deal too - it's cheaper!

Reply   |   Comment by daryl  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

daryl , at least for MS Office 2007. Which i'll have it forever.
muhuhahahah.....
Well that is not piracy, technically there was a digital copy available for Office 2007 (still now) and the serial was available too. By some serial finder software in some Winxp machine and it worked.
And i am quite happy with it, don't need the latest and the greatest, for only 6 months.

Reply   |   Comment by Snakeman  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Snakeman, I agree. Although Office 2007 is 4 versions older than the latest, I still use it and it does almost anything I need. One of the best versions ever.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Snakeman, Where did you get the MS Office 2007? I need something simple to log my media files , any suggestions? Anything besides open, id love to have MS,,thank you :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Rena  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

daryl ,

"... OpenOffice, LibreOffice do the same thing..."

Or Google Docs, or Microsoft's free web version of Office, or SoftMaker Office Free etc. But they all work a bit differently, and many people prefer one or another.

"If, after 6 months, you've got to pay to use it, then you might as well use Microsoft Office and have the real deal too - it's cheaper!"

A one year subscription for SoftMaker Office NX for 5 users costs $29.90. A one year subscription to Office 365 for 6 users costs ~$100 [$50 during sales in November], making Office 365 more expensive whenever you buy your license. You are correct for the stand alone [pay once] versions, since I've seen keys at SCDKey for example for ~$40 for Microsoft Office, v.s. $70 for SoftMaker Standard. However that's SoftMaker list price -- you can get it on sale cheaper, especially if you go with the Ashampoo branded version.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Rena, Hello you can get Microsoft Office 2007 Free Download from here:
https://www.limitlessreferrals.info/microsoft-office-2007-free-download/

However it is only a Setup file wrapped in 7z format.
Download and register if u have any problems.
Mail me at tauro_guy@yahoo.com

Reply   |   Comment by Snakeman  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

This is the NX version which is a subscription version, and a six month license for it. You'll get all updates and upgrades for six months or as long as you subscribe. The same company offers SoftMaker FreeOffice at www.freeoffice.com. That is totally free. NX has a few more features. SoftMaker also has the 2018 version to pay for, which is not a subscription version, but has any updates if needed, but no upgrades.

If you get this NX version, if you do not want to subscribe after six months, get the free version or the one-time-pay 2018 version, and there may be a 2019 or 2020 one-time-pay version by then.

I highly recommend this. It is better than LibreOffice. I paid for an earlier version. The free version is great too. If you're in doubt, try the FreeOffice version right now. It is especially great for low power laptops, and great for everything.

Mostly the free version can open DOCX and XLSX and PPTX but cannot save in those X versions, it can only save the previous non-X format versions. NX can save in the X versions.

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

J, Softmaker Free Office 2018 does allow you to save a document as type "Microsoft Word 2007-2016 (*.docx)" and a spreadsheet as type "Microsoft Excel 2007-2016 (*.xlsx).

Reply   |   Comment by Tyke  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

I own both the free version, Free Office, and the paid-for once and for all, Soft Maker Office Standard. I recommend both. It's probably the best alternative to Microsoft Office.

Free Office is already quite powerful. Soft Maker Office Standard adds many useful extra features. Neither are as powerful as Microsoft Office or, probably, Libre Office.

But contrary to all the cookie-cutter comments the Internet is awash with, Libre Office is not the miracle solution. This program, whatever the version you choose, is far better. Software is not only a matter of quantity. Quality of design is paramount.

What I advise is : take advantage of the present offer to test the program. Be aware the version offered here is the subscription-based one. It has the same set of features as Soft Maker Office Standard.

Then, after 6 months of testing, if you like the program, you have 3 choices :

- Buy the subscription, and enjoy the full set of features for as long as you subscribe.

- Revert to the free version, Free Office. It might be just what you need. It's a full-fledged program.

- Buy the single-payment version, Soft Maker Office Standard. Personally, I don't buy subscription-based software. Fortunately, this publisher gives you the choice.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#2

What's the point in only having a programme for 6 months then have to uninstall it ?

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)
#1

What happens after 6 months?

Reply   |   Comment by Sam Richmond  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Sam Richmond, You get Libre Office!

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

John, Yeah, you can do that, but Libre Office is a hog compared to SoftMaker or AShampoo's office suites.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sam Richmond, get free Softmaker Office 2016 Standard at http://www.softmaker.de/reg/ofw16free_en.htm and some fonts http://www.softmaker.de/reg/freeartnouveaufonts_en.htm

Reply   |   Comment by roshan  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

kalmly, at least its a free hog!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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