SoftMaker Office for Android and the competition

SoftMaker has never been afraid of competition. Our main competitors in the Windows market are behemoths like Microsoft Office and OpenOffice, and we are continually gaining market share against them. In the same way, we want to make inroads in the Android market against the well-entrenched tools.

Competition is good, and being able to compare is even better. That’s why we created three comparison pages that let our customers compare SoftMaker Office for Android against other Android office tools:

I have a request for you: We wrote these comparison pages in all good conscience. If you still find errors, please report them and I will update the pages quickly.

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  • PJE says:

    Will the software be available from the Android Market, to via SoftMaker direct?

    Is this going to be device locked, or user locked? I’d love to use the software on both my Droid and Nook Color tablet, but unless the cost is low I’d have to choose one or the other.

  • Mark Ramsey says:

    Will it be possible to use Softmaker with Dropbox on the Android and PC?

  • admin says:

    Mark, Dropbox support will not be in the initial release, but it’s high on our to-do list.

  • admin says:

    PJE, you will be able to purchase the software both from the Android market and via our own web store. It can be installed on up to three Android devices that one person owns.

  • Craig Horlacher says:

    Excellent! It looks like you’ve got the applications at the level of your last Windows Mobile version I had which was impressive. I’m very glad you kept the PDF generation. That’s a great feature on the road to be able to give any file to anyone to view easily.

    It looks like you’ve beat the competition once again by a long shot. I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Richard says:

    TextMaker for Android: Feature Comparison
    I’d suggest you add to this list what some might consider the most valuable feature of TextMaker Mobile (if indeed this feature has been ported to the Android version): Outline View, which Word Mobile never had. Some of the competing software enables the creation of a linked table of contents, but none has a sophisticated Outline View (with linked headings) as offered by TextMaker for Windows Mobile.

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  • William says:

    Is there a test model to use to verify that this would work? Like a one month test?

  • phbenito says:

    Looking forward to the beta release! Loved Softmaker for windows mobile. It was hands down the most complete mobile office suite, so very excited to have it on Android!

  • Ed says:

    Thank God! I needed you guys to save me from the misery that is quickoffice!

  • admin says:

    William, we will provide a way to test-drive the software. We haven’t yet decided if that will be a trial version or a free viewer version.

  • Arno says:

    I am glad to see that SoftMaker Office for Android will eventually hit the shelves.

    In your statement, you say that SoftMaker Office is gaining marketshare against MS Office and OpenOffice.

    What about Linux ? Do you gain more users on this Operating System ? Is there 10 times or 100 times more Softmaker office users on Windows than on Linux ?

    Thanks for your clarification

  • admin says:

    Arno, Windows is a much larger market for us than Linux, about 8 times more Windows than Linux users. But both markets are growing for us.

  • Ramon says:

    Hi

    Actually, Softmaker is one of the very few companies I trust enough to state right now before even having seen the product:

    I will buy it.

    Having used SMO 2008 and 2010 on Linux and Windows I trust SMO for Android will be a fine product, too. (My major reason to switch: OO proved to be unreliable, unprofessional, and a large resource monster)

    Reasons for me to buy SMO for Android:

    - Compatibility with desktop and MSO versions
    - Not a large monstrosity
    - trust in Softmaker

    Extra Android wish: Good integration with Android (e.g. ability to use Androids addressbook)

  • Karlheinz Weiand / Am Kalkbruch 5 / 48683 Ahaus says:

    Hallo ich habe zwei Computer. Mit dem Jay-tech komme ich einfach nicht ins Internet. Wie ich das immer wieder feststellen muß geht das mit dem Ding wahrscheinlich gar nicht. Können Sie mir helfen ???

  • ari-free says:

    I haven’t tested Openoffice support but if Softmaker Android does a good job with ODF, it will be a killer app for those who use it on the desktop.

  • PJE says:

    I’m assuming SoftMaker Office will support styles in the TextMaker. At the moment Word To Go 3.001 will not allow you to create headers etc.. You have to copy a previously created header and then modify the contents of the header – not the cleanest of work flows.

    Looking forward to the beta…

  • admin says:

    Hallo Herr Weiand, bei Fragen zu dem Jaybook sind Sie hier leider falsch. SoftMaker stellt lediglich die Office-Software auf diesen Geräten zur Verfügung. Bei allen anderen Fragen sollten Sie sich an Jaytech direkt wenden.

  • Gonzo says:

    Any plans to include comparison with MobiSystems Office Suite Professional?

  • David S. says:

    Any news on the beta? I received an e-mail telling me I was added to the beta list and that we’d be working via the forums, and that I would get an e-mail when the beta actually started. But that was 6 days ago and I haven’t seen any e-mail or any private forum messages or anything… did I miss it or are you guys still getting things ready?

  • Mike says:

    I think it would be fair to mention that D2GO has basic support for Google Docs. As much as I love Softmaker Office, this is a feature of D2GO that would make it hard for me to switch over to SM Office.

  • admin says:

    Gonzo, that’s a good suggestion. We have already started work on this.

  • Steve Morgan says:

    Is Text maker available for “Market download” for devides yet?

  • Ian S says:

    I have used textmaker on my iPAQ pocket PC for many years and been very satisfied with this fully featured app. Two questions:

    - Is there a release date for the android version of SoftMaker Office?

    - Where do I sign up to test drive it?

    Thanks

    Ian

  • Jose Alberto Carranza says:

    I havent seen anyone asking if the software will support the new Android Honeycomb 3.1 on tablets like the motorola Xoom. Will te app be able to make complete use of the 10.1inch display, to take advantage of the bigger screen? Please do let me know becauseim really looking forward to having an almost desktop office experience on my tablet ; boost the productivity!

  • admin says:

    Jose, SoftMaker Office will also run on Android 3.0 and 3.1 and use the extended screen real estate.

  • admin says:

    Ian, no release yet. We are currently in private beta testing. If you wish to participate, get a forum user account at http://www.softmaker.com/forum and mail this user name along with a beta participation request to apply (at) softmaker.de

  • admin says:

    Steve: No, it is currently in private beta testing. The final will definitely be available from Android Market, and we are considering making the public beta available there (as a free download) as well.

  • admin says:

    Mike, we are already working on Dropbox support, and Google Docs looks like the natural next step after that.

  • Richard says:

    I wish you would give an update on progress – having got an Android 3 tablet, I really need this software now!

    regards

  • admin says:

    Richard: Right now, we are in private beta. If you wish to participate, create an account for you at http://www.softmaker.com/forum and send your forum to apply (at) softmaker.de

  • Marek says:

    Is it true that Hannspad already have softmaker ?

  • admin says:

    Marek, yes, they bundle it.

  • Adrian Williams says:

    I’m a user of SMO for years on my PC. I’ve just bought an asus tranformer and can’t wait for the android version to be out to compliment the PC version.

    What’s happened to the database development though ??? all gone quiet. I use filemaker and alpha5 – I’d love to try out your database software.

  • admin says:

    Adrian, DataMaker isn’t dead but we had to reprioritize things a bit.

  • Rajeev says:

    Hello,

    It has been some time now, when do we get to see the product, waiting eagerly for presentations for android, need an app that would play animations and media in presentations just as keynote does for ipad, really need to thrash the ipad guys…

  • admin says:

    Rajeev, we are putting the finish touches on SoftMaker Office for Android as we speak. It won’t be long before the public beta starts.

  • Johannes says:

    Hello,

    I’ve seen announcements for over a year now that Softmaker will come “soon” with an Ofiice for Android. Please specify “soon”, I’m getting a bit sceptic.

  • admin says:

    Johannes, your skepticism, while understandable, is unwarranted. We are very close to the public beta, and I think you will like it when it becomes available.