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    I downloaded FreeOffice a couple of days ago to try. I had downloaded Softmaker Office based upon Randy's recommendation. I Have Office 2011 but it has been throwing up an error for a while now (don't remember the exact error). I could probably fix things with a re-install but I can't find the stuff I need at the moment. Since that program will be going away soon I took it as an omen that it was time for a change.

    Haven't started running it lately otther than initial launch, but it seems much quicker than LibreOffice.
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    Thanks for the excellent explanation Randy. For the mostly simple work I do WP and even Spreadsheet wise, Libre has never failed but with more complex work like your lawyers do, it's good to know there is something that works 100%. I will give the it Free Office a go. Thanks again.

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    I had downloaded Softmaker Office based upon Randy's recommendation.
    Hey Sly:

    You have a bad memory. I recommended Softmaker Office long before Randy suggested it and Freeoffice. We had a thread on it several months ago or maybe longer ago. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Hey Sly:

    You have a bad memory. I recommended Softmaker Office long before Randy suggested it and Freeoffice. We had a thread on it several months ago or maybe longer ago. LOL.

    I might have seen your original thread but at the time Libre was doing fine for me so I probably just ignored it. I just installed Free Office and so far seems very nice. Lots of features. Reminds me of being in Office!

    Are those two by the same company? Seems to be when I clicked the URL's.

    PS, went back to the site and answered my own question.
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    Yes, both Freeoffice and Softmaker Office are from the same developer. Long ago when I was Windows only, I purchased their Windows Office program (back around year 2004 or 05) and used it for quite awhile. When I first started the thread on Softmaker Office, several of our members downloaded their trial version.

    Freeoffice is nice but it does not have the ability to work with older Microsoft documents. It can open them but no editing. I need that capability because my archives contain close to around 500 or more older MS Word documents that I need access to. Some of those documents were made with Office 97 for Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Freeoffice is nice but it does not have the ability to work with older Microsoft documents. It can open them but no editing. I need that capability because my archives contain close to around 500 or more older MS Word documents that I need access to. Some of those documents were made with Office 97 for Windows.
    Thanks for that info. I will not rent software and that seems the path MS is taking with Office 365. I will probably purchase the full version of Softmaker when I have some extra $$$. I also have some old Word and Excel files that might not let me edit them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyC View Post
    toMACsh, when you say "global" are you referring to all documents?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Freeoffice is nice but it does not have the ability to work with older Microsoft documents. It can open them but no editing.
    That didn't sound right, so I just tried it to check...and it isn't.

    FreeOffice can open files the older Microsoft file formats, AND it CAN edit them all that you want...it just can't re-save them in the older Microsoft format, you have to save in the newer Microsoft format.

    I don't think that's a huge problem for most people. But if it is, the commercial versions of SoftMakerOffice can save in both the older and newer Microsoft formats.
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    Right you are Charlie. I had forgotten about that earlier thread. Thanks.

    BTW I got an email from them today. A couple of the versions of SoftMaker are on sale for the next few days I think


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    I received that same email. Take note that the sale is only for the subscription versions. But overall not a bad deal for the one year special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy B. Singer View Post
    That didn't sound right, so I just tried it to check...and it isn't.

    FreeOffice can open files the older Microsoft file formats, AND it CAN edit them all that you want...it just can't re-save them in the older Microsoft format, you have to save in the newer Microsoft format.

    I don't think that's a huge problem for most people. But if it is, the commercial versions of SoftMakerOffice can save in both the older and newer Microsoft formats.
    This is what they (Softmaker Office web site) says:

    FreeOffice reads the old Microsoft formats DOC, XLS, and PPT seamlessly. SoftMaker Office can also save in these formats.

    I didn't see anything that stated those older formats could be edited? However, I'm assuming they can be edited but only to the XML format. (DOCX, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    This is what they (Softmaker Office web site) says:

    [B]FreeOffice reads the old Microsoft formats DOC, XLS, and PPT seamlessly. ...
    I didn't see anything that stated those older formats could be edited?

    It's sort of implied...but I can definitively tell you that it can also edit them because I tested it.
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