Those looking for a capable alternative to a certain well-known open-source office suite may be interested to know that a new update to SoftMaker Office 2018 is now available.

SoftMaker Office 2018 (which shouldn’t be confused with FreeOffice by SoftMaker) is the current version of this closed-source, paid-for Microsoft Office analog.

Now, although I haven’t mentioned the suite for the best part of a year, a major “anniversary update” was pushed out to the app a few months back.

That update introduced a number of changes, such as making the ‘ribbon’ interface optional, defaulting to Microsoft Office formats natively, buffing up touchscreen support, and adding in a ‘tabbed’ interface.

But the update that prompted me to write this (thanks Lou!) is a touch more modest.

A pair of service packs were pushed out to the suite’s users across Windows, Mac and Linux this month. Among the changes and improvements on offer:-

  • Support for TrueType Collections (TCC fonts) on Linux & macOS
  • Improved RTF import filter
  • Improved automatic capitalization
  • User fields preserved in .docx format

Further details on these (and previous changes) can be found in the official list of changes.

Get SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux

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SoftMaker Office is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. You can download the latest release from the official SoftMaker website:

Download SoftMaker Office 2018

Do keep in mind that SoftMaker Office 2018 is not free software so you will need to buy a subscription or make a one-off purchase to use it longterm.

With this in mind do take full advantage of the free 30-day trial first. For the costs of an email address you’ll get a product key that unlocks all features, albeit for a limited time, on which you can better assess its suitability.

Also: Try FreeOffice First

If you like the sound of SoftMaker Office 2018 but don’t want to pay for it, I recommend checking out the latest version of FreeOffice by SoftMaker.

This is is a free (as in beer) office suite made by the same company that’s equally compatible with the latest Microsoft Office files.

Thanks Lou

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