SoftMaker Office 2008 focuses on compatibility with Microsoft Office
Posted by: Anonymous
on November 21, 2008 09:17 AM
This review seemed a little pessimistic to me. I bought Textmaker back in the day when it was stand alone, and have bought two versions of Softmaker office since. It's not perfect, but I like it. It's fast - I can use it even on my PIII 555Mhz with 128Mb RAM! It's fast as a document viewer for people that send me Word docs. I hate using OO.o to view Word Doc attachments because I have to sit through the splash screen and load, and OO.o takes a long time.
It's also phenomenally stable - I have not been able to crash it, even with complex documents and docs with a lot of pictures and tables in them.
OO.o is certainly more feature complete. But Abiword is not stable for me - frequent crashes, so I don't trust it on long documents. And Kword has never printed a document cleanly for me. It has some sort of problem where the fonts wave up and down along a page (I'm told this was a QT problem but I don't know) so I can't use it to produce much of anything interesting.
Softmaker Office isn't perfect but I think it's a very useful piece of software and it's my first choice for writing.