- Lacks web apps and collaboration features
- Limited document-viewing options
- Slow performance with huge worksheets
- No recorded macros and scripted macros only available for Windows version
SoftMaker Office’s Interface
SoftMaker Office Professional 2021 Rev S1046.0405 Crack is clean and elegant. An optional sidebar in its apps enables you to manage formatting features without opening a separate menu. You can also choose between a classic toolbar interface and a Microsoft-style ribbon interface. The classic interface may be frustrating because some features are only on the toolbar. If, for example, you can’t figure out which icon opens the Research menu, you may not even realize that this feature exists. I’m more convinced than ever that Microsoft got it right by using only a ribbon-style interface to reduce the confusion that results when you switch between and navigate various menus and toolbars.
lets you choose between its ribbon interface (shown here on a Mac) and a traditional toolbar interface
Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, and Corel WordPerfect Office include a search field that lets you type in a few letters of the feature you’re looking for, and then get taken instantly to the menu item you want. SoftMaker and LibreOffice lack this essential interface convenience.
After experimenting with its interface options, I chose to run SoftMaker Office with a traditional menu-and-toolbar interface, reminiscent of 1990s versions of Microsoft’s apps, but with a notably clean and restful look.
The alternate toolbar interface is shown here, with the Windows-only feature that displays Berlitz dictionaries in four languages.
An Overview of SoftMaker Office’s Apps
The TextMaker word processor supports text variables called fields, a feature pioneered by early versions of Microsoft Word that’s still available in recent versions, if you know where to look. TextMaker’s menus make this feature easy to find and use. Unfortunately, TextMaker doesn’t include a view option like Microsoft’s and Corel’s that lets you work in a realistic page view, but with the top and bottom margins not shown; for sentences that extend across a page break, this ensures that there are not two vertical inches of white space in the middle of it. Like all the other suites I’ve reviewed, TextMaker has a continuous view that formats the text to fit the window, not the printed page.
TextMaker supports variable “fields” with a more accessible interface than you can find in Microsoft Word, which pioneered the field feature but now keeps it well-hidden.
SoftMaker Office Professional 2021 Rev S1046.0405 Crack has all the features you’d expect from a spreadsheet editor, including convenient menu items for creating and managing pivot tables. Cells can include references to external PlanMaker or Excel worksheets, but, unlike Excel, can’t reference online data like stock prices.
PlanMaker’s interface is mostly convenient, but its Function dialog displays existing functions in a confusing one-line style instead of the hierarchical outline display in LibreOffice and Corel WordPerfect. I also ran into performance issues when importing a huge spreadsheet for testing, which I discuss in a later section.
PlanMaker’s function menu uses the same hard-to-follow one-line display of existing functions found in most other spreadsheets, not the hierarchical display in LibreOffice.
There isn’t much to say about SoftMaker Office Professional 2021 Rev S1046.0405 Crack Presentations app. It offers dozens of templates in familiar, unexciting styles. Slide transitions range from the standard checkerboard-and-fade option to slightly weird transitions like one called, Ferris Wheel, in which the next slide appears like a Ferris wheel compartment rotating into view. The app gets the job done, but if you’re trying to dazzle an audience with a presentation, you’ll almost certainly prefer Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote.
SoftMaker’s Presentations app has all the transitions you could want, but identifies them only by name, without visual clues to what they will look like.
SoftMaker Office Professional 2021 Rev S1046.0405 Crack most of the tools you would expect from a modern office suite, along with some unique capabilities. For example, it offers a version control feature that lets you preview or restore earlier versions of any document. Drawing functions throughout the suite can convert its built-in autoshape objects to curves that you can manipulate.
The Professional versions include Berlitz dictionaries for English, French, German, and Spanish, plus spell-checking in twenty languages. This doesn’t nearly match Microsoft’s online translation tool, but it’s a start. Academics and scientists who use the open-source Zotero reference management system can insert and edit references from a menu, too.
SoftMaker Office Professional 2021 Rev S1046.0405 Crack menus include links that enable you to create, access, or edit databases in either SQLite or dBase formats. A related menu item in TextMaker offers to convert a Thunderbird mail-client address book to SQLite, dBase, or text format, but TextMaker crashed when I tried to use it, so be cautious when working with SoftMaker’s database-management features.
SoftMaker Office Professional 2021 Rev S1046.0405 Crack is the closest thing you can find to Microsoft 365 at a lower price. It offers an elegant interface and all the capabilities home-office and small-business users need.