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Making good progress with SoftMaker Office for Android

As some of you might already know, we are currently working on SoftMaker Office for Android. We plan to offer SoftMaker Office for Android phones, tables, and netbooks, so that users of these systems can finally use our powerful office suite. TextMaker, PlanMaker, and SoftMaker Presentations for Android offer the same high degree of compatibility [...]

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Final report on our World Cup campaign

Our World Cup campaign is officially over now. Thanks to your numerous orders, we have been able to collect € 4215 (around US$ 5300) in donations. This has exceeded our expectations wildly. A heartfelt thank-you to all of you. I have already reported on how we used the first 2000 Euros. Here is now an [...]

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2000 Euros donated to youth sport projects

Our new Soccer World Cup 2010 campaign got off to a very good start! Thanks to the generosity of our customers, we were able to donate the first 2000 Euros (around USD 2500) to youth sport projects around the world. Here are the projects we supported today: AMANDLA – Football for Development Boxgirls Berlin – [...]

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Charts in PlanMaker 2010: A picture is worth a thousand words

We completely overhauled the charting engine in PlanMaker 2010. Now you can make your own TV- or magazine-quality charts with minimal effort. I’ll simply show you some:

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DOCX support that really works

Microsoft Word 2007 by default uses a different file format from its predecessors: DOCX. Our customers have been asking for DOCX import in SoftMaker Office for quite some time. I am happy to announce that TextMaker 2010 comes with excellent support for opening DOCX files. Some customers asked us what took us such a long [...]

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Good-bye SETUP, hello MSI!

The first piece of SoftMaker Office that you get in touch with is usually the Setup program. It guides the user through the installation and makes sure that everything is set up correctly. I have to report one departure and extend one welcome greeting: Our existing Setup program will be officially retired with SoftMaker Office [...]

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Free upgrades, free upgrades :-)

As we are gearing up for the public beta test of SoftMaker Office 2010 for Windows, it’s time to make this announcement. Anyone purchasing SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows on or after October 1, 2009 at list price is entitled to a free upgrade to SoftMaker Office 2010 for Windows. This upgrade will be available [...]

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A turbo boost for text file import/export

Sometimes it’s good to step back and think a bit less Euro-centric. Our software has long supported loading and saving text files in the standard character sets: Windows, DOS, Unicode, UTF-8. Good enough? Yes, for a Western European or American user. But if you are from Russia, Ukraine, Japan, China, Korea, or several other countries, [...]

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Translation week

You may have been wondering why no new blog posts have been forthcoming from me. I’ll just say “translation week”… As you probably know, SoftMaker Office comes with menus and dialog boxes in more languages than just English and German. In fact, SoftMaker Office 2010 will reach 17 languages: US English British English (ok, not [...]

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Suppressing automatic hyphenation in a document

Several customers from English-speaking countries asked us to provide a global setting to turn automatic hyphenation off. That’s a feature request that I, as a German, never really understood. We Germans have a system called “word compounding” that lets you invent words on the fly. Basically an adhocsystemforgeneratingnewwords. When a language allows for such long [...]

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