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A Simple Descending Life Line

I am typing this from a hotel room in Korea. What caught my eye immediately upon entry was this:

Simple Descending Life Line

A “Simple Descending Life Line”? How reassuring that I will be able, in case of an emergency, to jump off the window from the 9th floor and use my non-existent abseiling abilities, trusting a thin rope that is who knows how old…

That is, of course, if I am able to smash the window first, because it is blocked from opening.

Arabic and Hebrew in SoftMaker Office 2010

It has been a long time in the making, but SoftMaker Office 2010 will finally support typing in Arabic and Hebrew.

Arabic and Hebrew stand out among the other languages by being written from right to left. That’s not the only problem: Numbers are still written from left to right, and Western words in Arabic and Hebrew texts, too. This continual switching of the typing direction caused us some troubles during development, but I am proud to say that we have solved them.

That’s not all, though. SoftMaker Office 2010 also:

  • comes with an optional Arabic user interface
  • supports both Arabic and Hindi numbers
  • supports the Hijri (Islamic) calendar
  • does all the character shaping required for the Arabic script
  • and provides Arabic spell-checking.


Want to help us create a great Arabic/Hebrew office suite? If you understand Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, or Urdu and wish to participate in the private beta test for SoftMaker Office 2010 for Windows, please go to our discussion forum at and create a user account there. Then send an e-mail request for participation in the beta test to mentioning your forum name and your Arabic/Hebrew qualifications.

Document tabs in SoftMaker Office 2010

I love tabbed browsing in the Firefox web browser. In fact, I have the bad habit of keeping a ton of tabs open on web pages that I plan to revisit later. But that’s also a testament to the power of tabs.

I like tabs so much that I asked our developers to add them to SoftMaker Office. Now in private beta testing, SoftMaker Office 2010 supports document tabs across all of its applications. Here is TextMaker 2010:

Document tabs

Document tabs

In case you want to try out tabs right now, hop over to and download the beta version of TextMaker Viewer – it is essentially a “read-only” version of TextMaker. It doesn’t yet have all the bells and whistles in document tabs, but it’s good try out anyway.

First post.

He. I finally got “first post” somewhere, even if it meant that I had to start my own blog. :-)

We have an exciting new release of SoftMaker Office coming up, so many of my posts in the near future will center on SoftMaker Office 2010. Come here for first-hand information on what SoftMaker Office 2010 can do and how it will help you make your life easier.

Occasionally, I’ll post other stuff that I find interesting or amusing. I won’t bore you with pet pictures, though…

This blog is meant as a two-way medium. Feel free to comment on my posts. In fact, I do appreciate hearing from you.

Martin Kotulla
SoftMaker Software GmbH