Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Free Office Suite for Windows

Yes, I know Open Office is free, but here's another excellent choice, also free: SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows. Included are a Microsoft Word-compatible wordprocessor called TextMaker and a Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet called PlanMaker.

And for WordStar users like me, TextMaker optionally supports the WordStar keyboard interface. Just select Extras, Customize, Keyboard Mappings and switch from "Default" (Word-like) to "Classic" (WordStar-like). Cool!

Oh, and at Extras, Preferences, Files, Default file format, you can set the format used for saving files to Open Document, various flavours of Word, or TextMaker's own format.

It's a nice package (in fact, I paid to register an earlier version of TextMaker back in 2003); this free version is well worth grabbing. It's fully functional, not time-limited, and has no restrictions (although SoftMaker does offer a more-recent version as commercial software, for those who want the latest and greatest).

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At December 31, 2008 11:20 AM , Blogger Silverfish said...

Thanks for pointing us towards that freebie. Stephanie

At January 07, 2009 1:23 PM , Blogger Michael Feir said...

People who don't need anything other than a free word processor should check out Jarte. The author has gone to great lengths to keep things simple and has included a special screen-reader friendly mode for blind users. There's a more feature-rich version available also for a small fee. The free one suits me perfectly. You can find it at:


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