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Re: SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative
Posted by upinVT on 2018-02-04 11:54:51
In reply to Jack M. Germain
Am using Textmaker on Android and all my Linux systems. Paid for the full version. In the past, the free version hasn't included a dictionary (among other extras).

Used to use LibreOffice but after years of having bugs and very basic usability requests ignored on the basis of a dubious (at best) notion of what constitutes their core user (I think they call him "Bob"?) I wrote off LO. LO has been a mess in terms of style-based writing. Just awful. For example, it's not possible to search for styles and it's not possible to search & replace direct formatting with styles (the whole search feature in LO is an embarrassing mess anyway...). This makes writing ebooks a PITA. But LO devs don't consider ebook authoring a valid usage scenario for "Bob" (they literally told me this), so they do little to nothing to solve these problems. Until 6.0, one needed to install a flaky (which they subsequently broke) ebook conversion extension. It's my understanding that in 6.0, the ability to convert to epub format will be built in, but will also be beta-ish. I mean, c'mon. Every other word processor has had this ability for years now.

Complain about it and they'll tell you to code the bug fix or improvement yourself.

Textmaker, on the other hand, has been and remains about a decade ahead of LO as regards style-based writing. If you want to author ebooks, save yourself the hassle of using LO and switch to Textmaker.

One feature that *is* lacking in Textmaker, however, is an equation editor (in the Linux version). The Softmaker devs claim it's on their to-do list, but they've been saying that for several years now.

Lastly, Textmaker's interoperability with MS Word is much superior to LO's.




 * Topic  Author  Date
Re: SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative  Jack M. Germain  2017-12-27 11:43:49
Re: SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative  upinVT  2018-02-04 11:54:51
Re: SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative  therapon  2018-01-08 07:55:24
Re: SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative  bcatalin  2018-01-02 22:57:28
Re: SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative  darkoverlordofdata  2017-12-28 09:51:20
Re: SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative  jymm  2017-12-28 03:23:26
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