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Giveaway of the day — SoftMaker Office NX Home

Your new Office suite. Intuitive to use, seamlessly compatible.
$24.98 EXPIRED
User rating: 62 (70%) 26 (30%) 75 comments

SoftMaker Office NX Home was available as a giveaway on July 23, 2018!

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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 to 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!

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10

Publisher:

SoftMaker Software GmbH

Homepage:

http://softmaker.com/go/officedeal

File Size:

4 KB

Price:

$24.98

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#24

Did not down load only readme

Reply   |   Comment by Frederick Gilbert  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Frederick Gilbert, the readme has a link. Follow that link. On that site you can register and ask for a key. You will receive the key and download link by mail.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

This is not working Only 1 file here

Reply   |   Comment by Darrell Pagnucco  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#22

It's not bad, it's just that there are better ones - free. I recommend LibreOffice.

Reply   |   Comment by wyrwolf  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

freeoffice from softmaker is a better alt
they also gaveaway softmaker office 2016 a few months ago
I'll skip this 6month trial

Reply   |   Comment by ia  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

downloaded, and received only a readmw file. where is the rest of the software?

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Andy, visit the link in the readme. You only need to give a name, country, fictitious address, working mail address to get your key and the download link for the software. You do not have to provide other data.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Andy, read it

Reply   |   Comment by buckoooo  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#19

Why not use their FreeOffice suite at www.freeoffice.com which is always free and has most the features a home user would want. Or look around and sometimes you can get the Pro version for free though an older version. The 6 month license in the main reason I will not be taking advantage of it. Thanks anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Leland  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
#18

Downloaded and all I got was zip file which only contained readme file.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Settle  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

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[ Ron Settle ],

... and what part of the readme.txt file are you having difficulty reading?

... it directs you to the link for acquisition of today's offering.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Peter Blaise,
This was first time I only received a readme text file as the only item in a download package which had to be unzipped/extracted.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Settle  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

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[ Ron Settle ],

Yeah, unusual that.

Perhaps they should include a second file:

-- No-really-read-the-ReadMe.txt-before-commenting.txt
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Peter Blaise,
Based on your response, I have cancelled my subscription. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Settle  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#17

If someone is free, than the SoftMaker page why ask the bankcard dates?

Reply   |   Comment by Laslie  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#16

Requires credit card info

Reply   |   Comment by Anthony Lukac  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Anthony Lukac,

I gave them Bill Gates' info. It made absolutely no difference.

Reply   |   Comment by bad-dog  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#15

Is the cost of the program a penny or free because it is asking for my credit card information?

Reply   |   Comment by Monique  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#14

No complaints about SoftMaker products -- I've bought several version upgrades of their regular office -- but always on sale for around $20. In a note to the developers, their subscription model at $50/year is too close to the best sale pricing for Office 365 Home, which offers an awful lot that SoftMaker frankly cannot match.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#13

Does this alternative to Microsoft Office provide an alternative to Access?

Reply   |   Comment by Leon Magill  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Leon Magill, nope
they've only got a word processor, a spread sheet app, a presentations app and a separate pro only visual basic for applications tool for embeding vba macros in your documents they also bundle Mozilla Thunderbird as an email and calendar client

Reply   |   Comment by ia  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Just sharing this while on the subject of office suites. I have used LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice, WPS Office Free(Kingsoft), SSuite Office, and probably some I don't recall. I have settled on Ashampoo Office Free and am very happy with it. I'd recommend anyone who has not tried it to give it a shot.

Thanks for the offer SoftMaker but I have no need for this. And thanks to the GOTD team!

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

jboy, Re "Ashampoo Office Free" is a product of SoftMaker.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

krypteller, Thanks, I did not know that. So I guess I need this offer even less than I thought! hehe

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#11

I use OFFICE 2003 Pro which is the industry standard even now! Of course with the 2007 compatability pack. Can be obtained for free as it came with infinite licencing.
Or the nearly as good OpenOffice which is free and OFFICE compatible.
Cant see the point of using any other OFFICE like product for money.

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

john, did you know the 2003 version is no longer supported by Microsoft? Not even Office 2007 is.

It is not wise to call unsupported software "the industry standard".

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

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[ krypteller ],

Well, "user-standard", anyway, and once a product works, what support does anyone need from the original programmers, versus the incredible support from the user community for tips and tricks and tutorials and add-ins -- Office version prior to 2003 still work fine but don't have add-ins to load DOCX files, as v2003 does.

The most unique feature for me in Microsoft's own brand if the ability to search and replace for ^p paragraph marks and other invisible characters to assist me in cleaning up the integrity of a document's formatting for presentation.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Peter Blaise, I use Office 2003 also. I hated what they did to the suite in 2007 and have not used MS products - except for Access 2003 - since.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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Thanks, [ TK ], but Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier have no need for Internet connections of their own, and, the power to run macros / VBA can be blocked / turned off, so they're capable of being as safe as when they were done.

Thanks for identifying that there are add-ins for DOCX reading for earlier versions -- great!

Your conspiracy theories of coordination between Microsoft public release products and US clandestine spy agencies is worth every reference you supply -- none, nada, zilch, nothing.

I have witnessed companies offering extended support for legacy discontinued programs in use by large corporations, factories, and agencies in and out of governments, that cannot be replaced or updated with newer versions, and so to indemnify themselves against suit, vendors sneak known security patches out to the public in spite of claiming no more support, no more patches -- there are many manufacturing and commercial computers running Windows 98 and Windows XP that is needed to support expensive dedicated custom-built programs and legacy 8/16/32-bit IO input-output controllers for factories and commercial production, and the old versions of Microsoft Office on those computers is stuck in the olden days, hence your observation that patches just seem to keep coming in spite of Microsoft claiming no more, no more ... well, except for this one ... and this one ...
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My challenge to all Office clones is to provide search and replace functions equal to Microsoft's, where ^l line feeds can be replaced with ^p paragraphs, and other such awareness of special invisible non-printing characters within search and replace.

Does anyone know of an Office clone with such capabilities?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

john,

Like you, I use Microsoft Office 2003 Professional (paid retail version) in a Windows 7 Pro OS desktop. I much prefer the 2003 version because I got used to it and know the user interface commands well.
I am not used to the new ribbon interface of the 2007 version.
Other users say Ms Office 2003 & 2007 are not supported by Microsoft. That may mean "updates" and anti-virus patches. However I was able to find support by Microsoft in the sense that the Ms Office 2003 could be "activated" by Microsoft online.
Even in the year 2018.
And as for MsOffice 2007, I lost my original disk that I bought from a retailer. I thought I lost the software forever. However, I still has the activation key code. In a Microsoft website, I was able to download the entire software using the activation key code and then burn it to a DVD. This resurrecting my long dead and gone original MsOffice 2007 disk.
Now that is what I call solid "support" by Microsoft.
For those who want to know, MsOffice 2003 works beautifully and flawlessly in Windows 7 Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, Sorry to cut in like this, but I have to chime in on this. I am running MS Office 2007, and have been running it for 8 years with no problems. I have the full package with every application it comes with, some of which I never use; however, for the ones I do use I am served well for what I do with them. As for security risks from such old versions, I have never experienced any in the whole time I have used it. And I will say this also: In my opinion MS Office 2007 is better that any that were released after it by Microsoft. I've tried 2010, and even the later versions, and found them to be lacking in essential tools which I use on a regular basis that I am not willing to give up. The newer versions are not as good as 2007.

So if anybody thinks that I am making a mistake for not upgrading to the supposed "latest and greatest" versions, I say to you that to me they are not as great as what I have. I will not pay a monthly fee to have access to a version that definitely does not meet my needs. What I have still works great for me, and I see no reason to fix what is not broken.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ TK ],

I think you are voting for WordPerfect for DOS as more then enough ( it is, has reveal codes, and no VBA risk ).

I have the NSA pack ... I see no reason for the NSA to coordinate with or even tell any vendors what they are doing when they crack export distributions of vendor's wares, but I do see a reason for vendors to study the NSA pack and clean up their own sieves.

Intelligent and aware search-and-replace is critical for my editing tasks, but others might like macros, or menus not ribbons, or reveal codes ... we each mean something different when we say we like an Office clone as "best".

KingSoft WPS Office Free AND SoftMaker FreeOffice BOTH finally appear to have much of MS Office's features for search-and-replace for non-printing-characters such as ^l line breaks, ^p paragraph breaks, and so on.

It's still hard to beat the plethora of MS Office versions that seem to come with every old PC I touch, even including CD and keys ( which some folks seem to be selling cheap on Ebay ? ) ...
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, I feel that your comment was meant for me, though the person named is Peter Blaise.

I do understand that many may have problems with the way Microsoft handles things; I do myself. That said, I have my ways to protect against such attacks, mainly because I use MS Office 2007 offline, and I ensure that it won't be running in the background of my OS when not in use. I move in specific circles on the internet, not visiting sites I have no interest in for any reason. So I miss out on a lot, but not on anything I consider as important to me. Much of the cyber-spying is done on social media, as the NSA monitors those sites for key words. It is one reason I do not do FaceBook, Twitter, or other such sites. Because of that I have only ever been attacked on my computers four times since i started using the internet. I'm a very cautious person by nature; looking at everything with a critical eye, and I do research on programs I find that i might be interested in. I let nothing in that does not have more than 80% good reviews. That's just the way I work, and it serves me well.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ L. Cleveland Major ], [ TK ], et alia,

All caution aside, most folks get whacked because [ 1 ] they themselves misstep, not because of their computer software choices, such as accidently landing on a faux-Microsoft-you-are-infected-call-us web page, or answering the phone, or an email, and believing the phishing web page, caller, or emailer, and then turning over their computer to the phisher -- even 100% new full price software including anti virus can't protect them from themselves as they unlock and open the door to phishers.

The second risk is [ 2 ] from credentials being stolen from the credential holder, such as Bank of America or Amazon, and we have little control over that, and all we can do is either respond when they instruct us to change our passwords, or change our passwords often in anticipation of our prior passwords being stolen en masse ... or not connect to such massive data targets in the first place ... except that our own employers and our own governments are also targets, how do we protect ourselves from them?

I am registered with Facebook and Twitter, though I hardly read them once a month, let alone contribute once a year, and never offer anything incriminating or personal, including stripping EXIF from JPEGs before posting anywhere, and yet my data was stolen from Yahoo ( email ) and from the government ( my own and someone else's employer, including security check information on everyone we know or are known by ), both of which organizations denied it at first, then dragged their feet before finally leaking some non-specific admittance to compromise ... so, what, we all must change our passwords periodically, if not also change our banking relationships periodically ... and drive pre-1986 cars without on-board computers, or ride a bike, or walk, and never fly or use public or commercial transport, and mask our faces in public to avoid facial recognition even from tourists who may post our image in the background of their travel photos?

I have a second-hand donation / charity / used Dell computer that suddenly turned on it's CMOS BIOS CompuTrace from Absolute Software, which installed sniffer / pinging software into the operating system, and although Absolute Software now says they have closed the ancient original account for the computer, they offer no way to turn off the CMOS BIOS CompuTrace signaling ... so, what, never use Dell computers or other computers with CMOS BIOS tracking capability?

Should we all smelt our own hardware, and program our own software, live in the woods, or on the ocean, and live off the land, or the sea ... should we all cut our browsing experience to a fraction of it's potential and live behind VPNs, even multiple VPNs ... should we all have nothing of value in our lives, nothing to steal, no money, no resources ... should we all live on the street, use Library computers anonymously?

While I appreciate words of caution shared here, we each choose our own risk awareness, and risk management schemes, and our own sense of acceptable risk thresholds, nothing is perfect, no scheme is all purpose, and we each may be surprised at how even the most cautious among us takes risks that we would not.

Point being, in this case, that if Microsoft, or any software vendor, tries to lock an old VL Volume License, then, and only then, must we migrate to an alternative ... versus avoiding that with a current subscription that migrates us monthly or any other periodically to maintain a current subscription.

Some prefer the insurance of the current subscription, some prefer the risk that, occasionally, they will have to migrate once, or maybe once again ( though no one here has testified that they have had to migrate from an old VL Volume License, ever ).

Thanks for sharing, everyone, it's been a very productive and expansive discussion -- I learned a lot.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter Blaise, You make some very valid points there, and for many people the things you describe are true. I had a really good professor teaching me the ins and outs of Microsoft. He gave warnings against the way hackers can get to your information, and provided a good way to keep said information off my internal hard drive. I actually excelled in his class, even though I had rarely used any computers up to that point. Once I learn something, I have this need to dig deeper into it, and learn all I can about it; which is what I did in his class. I had classmates that had been using computers for years who were constantly suffering cyber attacks on their computers. Meanwhile, I suffered just one of those while studying under him, and he helped me learn how to combat it. Then once again, I dug deeper into that aspect, learning more about what not to do and why. Since that time, I have suffered just three more cyber attacks, but had my tools in place to deal with them quickly.

The old saying "Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!" applies here; as each attack was a learning experience for me, telling me what to avoid doing. So there you have my way of doing things, and why it works so well for me.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ L. Cleveland Major ],

"... If your computer offends you, kill it ..." works for me.

At any surprise, power down, go away, think about it, then decide:

-- power on in safe mode with DOS prompt, no network, run inspection and repair utilities?

-- yank the hard drive to clean it, and back it up, as an external drive on another computer?

-- boot from repair / diagnostics / rebuilding CD / USB?

Regarding pop-up web pages, email, phone calls, even offers on the street, about anything:

"... Never execute a transaction that I did not initiate ..."

Even if it's from my own bank: shut down, hang up, go away ... then initiate my own contact with them to pursue my own goals ... but never, never, never respond to an unsolicited contact from anyone.

Hard drives are cheap, swapping them on demand is easy.

A fresh reinstall of Windows is quicker than days of rebuilding and endless unreliable behavior.

Watch and observe ... I'm running:

-- free GlassWire, and

-- free PeerBlock,

and I just saw

-- free Zhuhai KingSoft WPS Office

phone home, even though it's not loaded, and not running, so now I can run

-- free Microsoft SysInternals AutoRuns

to find and kill any of KingSoft's WPS Office background tasks ...

-- ksolaunch.exe
-- wpsupdate.exe
-- wpscloudsvr.exe

Yet, the competition:

-- free Libre Office

only adds context menu entries [ Open with ... ]

and

-- free SoftMaker FreeOffice

appears to be absolutely missing and silent in the background -- excellent behavior.

( Microsoft Office is all over the registry, running anything it dang well wants to run, whenever it dang well wants to run it -- awful, awful behavior, shame on Microsoft! )
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I'm curious as to what are your specific learned behaviors regarding warding off and avoiding and dealing with cyber risk, [ L. Cleveland Major ] -- tell us more ... "... once I learned something ..." ... what is that "something"?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  11 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter Blaise, Hello Peter,
As it would be a very long description concerning everything I do to keep my computer safe, I'll just name a few things. First is system restore when all else fails only. I use this when there is something happening that I cannot combat in other ways, usually I restore back to a week earlier than the point at which the event occurred.Next I have Malwarebytes, Glary Utilities, and CCleaner, which I run on a weekly basis to catch anything that Defender does not. With all of those applications doing their jobs, I rarely have to do anything else. There are a lot of temp files that get in from various sites (with the main site being Microsoft itself) that I will go and manually clean out; and many that I cannot figure the purpose of get scanned by one or another of my protection software programs to determine if they are harmful other than being temp files. One can never be too careful with those types of files. Temp files sometimes tend to act as the ride for piggyback malware, phishing, and trojans, to name a few.

Another thing I do is perform a search for downloads that occur without informing me that they are happening. Some legitimate sites will do this even though you set them to notify before download.

Email is managed by me through using the spam folder which I only open to see what is in there (just in case something I need went there instead of to my inbox), and then I delete all in that folder en-mass. I send emails I do not wish to open to the waste bin (which I named trash), and then delete all from that folder en-mass. If I get a lot from one site in my inbox that I don't want, I use two methods of ridding myself of them:
1. I go to the unsubscribe page and unsubscribe. If they ask why, I type "unwanted email" and click done.
2. I set the offending site's emails to go to my Spam folder. If when I check the folder for what is in it I see emails from that site, I will find a way to stop them from coming into that folder as well. Blocking often works well if you can figure out how to do that for each offending site.

There are a number of other methods I use as well, though to list them all would take a very long comment, which I have neither the time nor the desire to type out. The bottom line is to remain vigilant at all times, and treat anything you don't know about with a critical eye. By critical eye, I mean do research concerning it, if it interests you ensure that it is harmless before taking the leap. Never ever trust a site blindly just because they say they are safe to visit or downloads are safe from their site. Always scan with multiple protection software anything you find suspicious, or even anything you have no prior experience with. Stay up to date with all of your protection software by using the update feature of each on a regular basis; especially where it concerns malware definitions. Your protection software relies on those definitions to protect your machine to the best of its ability. And finally my most important advice is to keep your personal information on a flash drive or other external drive, only connecting it when it is needed. When connected to use it for something online, do not move the needed information to your internal hard drive; rather use the information directly from the external drive, and as soon as you are done with it, remove the connection from your machine. It cannot be accessed by hackers if it is not connected in some way to the internet. Also to further protect your information from hackers try using encryption software, creating a codekey only you will know to access it at any time. If you have sensitive files to send to a friend or other entity, encrypt it and provide an access codekey via secure means only (meaning off the internet) to the recipients of the files.

Sorry, I got a bit carried away on that last paragraph.

Cheers!

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  11 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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Thank you, [ L. Cleveland Major ], that's an excellent litany of "best practices", something we all can consider as we review the potential risk of our own choices.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  11 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Cannot run VBA macros, so no use at all.

Reply   |   Comment by PB  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

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[ PB ],

... but SAFE!
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#9

I've got no problem with a 6 month license - this may seem limited, but 6 months is plenty of time to evaluate software and decide if it meets our needs.

However, I loathe subscription models for software - I'd far rather buy the software and have it forever (or as long as current versions of Windows etc support it).

Not sure about the price either, as NX Home doesn't appear to be shown on their website (so is it a cut down version of an existing suite ?).

Anyway, pricing after 6 months can be found here: http://www.softmaker.com/en/softmaker-office-windows

(Standard: £59.99, Professional £89.99 and Universal £5.99 p/mo or £59.90 per year).

Considering how many free alternatives are available, the pricing doesn't seem great.

And with older versions of MS Office available elsewhere, or even a years subscription to Office Home 2018 for £79.99 from the Microsoft Store, the pricing definitely seems steep.

Given the pricing isn't too different from Microsoft, I'd rather see far more information on their website.

Reply   |   Comment by Paragon  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#8

Wrong Description:
It is a ABO version (new for Softmaker - but ABOs are meanwhile a well known model with MS Office and other software vendors...)

While this is no bad pricing for a good, small, fast, and reliabel package...
... for private users I would suggest NOT this nor their free Office, but "Softmaker Office 2016 Standard" for free: this is really a deal! - and as good opportunity for testing this good package or even better; to keep it!
"Softmaker Office 2016 Standard" is identical to "Softmaker Office 2016 Pro", beside the NOT integrated "Langenscheidt Wörterbücher" and the "Duden Korrektor" - but the latter is not of interest for most non german writers anyhow?!
Get "Softmaker Office 2016 Standard" for free at www_._buzz99.com/softmaker-office-free/

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

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[ wosa ],

Please define "ABO" -- thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Peter Blaise,
sorry: subscription, abonnement (from french language...)

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

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[ wosa ],

Ah, your [ ABO ] is an abbreviation [ Abo. ] of [ abonnement ], not a set of initials [ A B O ].

I wonder what is the origin [ abonner ] ...

Thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#7

Prefer to spend some money on Microsoft Office (not the silly 365 version) that you can use for many years.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#6

I have been a customer of SoftMaker directly and via Ashampoo for many years. But the reaction of their help desk to my question why I would pay €29.95 per six months after the first free six months instead of buying a permanent licence of MS Office 2016 Professional for less was: "so perfect go to MS"

Alternative: http://www.freeoffice.com/en/
SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 is free to use at home and for business.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

krypteller, to be fair, the cheap lifetime MS Office license, is probably not meant to be sold and could be blacklisted in time.

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

krypteller: Unless the situation has changed, I wouldn't recommend the free version of this software. That's because essential tools like spellcheckers and word counts never used to be incorporated and maybe still aren't. I don't use this particular developer so don't know if what's on offer today is the actual 'standard' version: I've no idea what 'NX' means. I do know though that malwaretips.com began facilitating a so-called unlimited-by-time giveaway offer of the full 'Standard' programme back in January this year, linking directly to the publisher itself. Obviously, the link leads to a German-language screen because it's a German publisher, but all that's asked is name, country of residence, and email. Is the offer still live? No idea. But might be worth finding out.

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

MikeR, Re "Is the offer still live? "

Yes. I got two free licence today, just to check it. I cannot check the installation, because I have a paid version of Ashampoo Office 2018. The installer senses that the Ashampoo version is newer and refuses to install the free version on my laptop.

See http://www.softmaker.com/en/comparison-freeoffice-softmaker-office

for the differences between the free and paid versions.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

MikeR, there is most definitely a spell-checker, and word count. Use them all the time.

Reply   |   Comment by SC  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

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[ Roger ],

No, Microsoft still sells non-subscription versions of Office.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

krypteller, and sc: Thanks for that info; much appreciated. That 2018 Free version certainly seems a good deal for the average user compared to the (ill-advised) subscription model the developer is otherwise seeking. Me, I still use my Microsoft Office 2000 suite, purchased in 1999. Must pain Microsoft to know this, but the ribbon' of its later versions and the screen clutter accompanying it means I'm very happy with my 19-year-old home-use software (with .docx conversion ancillary.) Moral: just because something is old, it don't mean it ain't no good. As I repeatedly tell my wife.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Peter Blaise, I am well aware of that. But, the very cheap licenses available from eBay and various other sites are never meant to be sold.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ Roger ],

I have no idea what you are talking about.

Since older versions can self-licenses without web access, then there is no way for a web service or lack of web service to deny the program's full function.

For example, virtually all versions of Adobe software before CC are now self-licensing without web control -- Adobe has moved on, and is probably grateful for old Adobe users who are at least not buying something from Adobe's competition.

To some extent, Microsoft is just happy we are not installing WordPerfect, and so, Microsoft has no super-incentive to kill old versions of Microsoft Office.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#5

Problem is it looks like another subscription piece of software after 6 month and then find it costs a fortune to keep with it. I also dislike subscription software because the things can all soon to add up. Why can't we go back to days of just buying a piece of software? Sadly everything seems to be heading subscription and piles of monthly deductions on the bank statements if you are not cautious.....

Reply   |   Comment by Paul65uk  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+66)
#4

How can anyone claim that a product that apparently was released today (I can't find a single description page on the web) is "the No. 1 alternative to Microsoft Office and LibreOffice". Number one on which list and according to which criteria?

Reply   |   Comment by Pedro  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

Pedro, their list. the criteria used was theirs is better regardless.

Reply   |   Comment by john steg  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Pedro, I have been using their products since 2005. The text editor is quite good, better than LibreOffice. And very compatible with Word. But their spreadsheet is far less compatible with Excel than Libre Office. A nice thing is that you can make a copy on a USB-stick to use on other computers you own.

What is new today is the time limited licence: six months. That has been devised specially for this giveawayoftheday. SoftMaker is a small to medium sized German company. Ashampoo sells a cheaper version.

See https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-microsoft-office-alternatives/
where their free version FreeOffice is described as
"FreeOffice is also an excellent choice for carrying out professional projects. Not only does it provide compatibility with password-protected files, but it can also help you create PDF files or ePUB files, track document changes, and switch between languages on the fly. More common features — i.e., spellcheck and smart typing — also wait in the wings, ensuring you’re not missing anything Office-related."

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Pedro, OpenOffice is clearly the number one alternative.

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

What is SoftMaker Office NX Home? There is no such product on the Softmaker Products page! Where is the description?

Reply   |   Comment by Pedro  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Pedro,

It is not difficult to find : https://shop.softmaker.com/shop/shop.php?go&products&pp=0&category=0

JimF

Reply   |   Comment by JimF  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

JimF,
That is the link to the registration page. Can you explain where is the description of NX Home??? If so please answer these simple questions: what is the difference to version 2018? what happens after the 6 month trial? Please do not assume other people can't read or use a search engine... If you work for Softmaker you need to do better, if you don't let them answer.

Reply   |   Comment by Pedro  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

JimF, that is all: SoftMaker Office for Windows as an inexpensive subscription for 6 months. Always current: All updates and upgrades included for free during your subscription.

Flexible license: Licensed for one household with up to 5 computers, or for 1 commercial user with up to 5 computers. And now it is free!

Reply   |   Comment by Pejo  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Pedro, I am guessing that this NX home version is just a 6-month tryout. I have a license for SoftMaker Office 2016 that I purchased back in - you guessed it - 2016. It is NOT a subscription.

This is a wonderful, Microsoft-Office-compatible suite, and you can use the ribbon UI or, for those of us that hate the ribbon, the classic UI is available. It comes with a Help file that does not require you to open a browser - a real plus IMO - and they have a good forum where more help is readily found. The suite is affordable if you decide to buy a license, and the license lasts forever.

Methinks - someone correct me if I am wrong - that what you would be getting here is a good, long, six month trial.

Reply   |   Comment by kalmly  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

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[ Pedro ],

Actually, that page lists
[ 1 ] Office NX Home,
[ 2 ] Office NX Universal,
[ 3 ] Office Pro,
[ 4 ] Office Standard
... as existing products, their home page lists
[ 5 ] Office 2018,
[ 6 ] Office Universal,
[ 7 ] Office HD,
... a Google search for [ compare ] at their site also lists
[ 8 ] Free Office.
... a Google search for [ +nx ] at their site lists nothing.

NX seems to be subscription only, all others are direct purchase and free is, well, free.

It describes "NX Home" as "Home" and "Commercial", go figure:

"... SoftMaker Office NX as an affordable subscription
New SoftMaker Office NX Home for Windows (yearly subscription)
SoftMaker Office for Windows as an inexpensive yearly subscription.
Always current: All updates and upgrades included for free during your subscription.
Flexible license: Licensed for one household with up to 5 computers,
or for 1 commercial user with up to 5 computers ..."

As others have suggested, I avoid all this noise with free versions from anywhere,
-- free Libre Office,
-- free Oracle Apache Open Office,
-- free Softmaker Free Office,
... and so on.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Peter Blaise,
Actually the page is more complete now. When I added the comment (9 hours earlier than yours) there was only one item and no description. This shows that the people at SoftMaker are reading and improving (which is excellent). It also shows that this product was released yesterday and it is already the Number One :)

Reply   |   Comment by Pedro  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#2

I've used SoftMaker FreeOffice for many years. It's excellent. I see no reason to change to a subscription version.

Reply   |   Comment by P Doff  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)

P Doff,
FreeOffice 2016 is built on the same source code as SoftMaker Office 2016, just with some advanced features unavailable.
And is published on Friday, October 13, 2015, from then on I use Free Office 2016.

Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Hadrianus, FreeOffice 2018 is available. http://www.freeoffice.com/en/freeoffice

Reply   |   Comment by P Doff  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

P Doff, I agree. I've used SoftMaker FreeOffice for years. After trying many alternatives, this one stood out. It's regularly updated, and the Softmaker folks respond quickly to any queries.

Reply   |   Comment by SC  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

P Doff, ....2018...i know that, I am happy with version 2016. More than enough for me! I only use TXTmaker. Is published on Friday, October 13, 2015

Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

P Doff, I've known that for more than a month. For me version 2016 is more than enough, because I can only use txt maker. I did not install the other two parts because I do not need them.
I use Free Office 2016 from Friday 13 October 2017.
I do have XLviewer and PPT viewer from Microsoft.

Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

What happens after the six months? Charged a huge amount??? I will stick with Libra

Reply   |   Comment by Paul65uk  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

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Yes, [ Paul65uk ], I like free LibrE Office, too.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
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