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Hmmm I could be interested in softmaker office as an alternitive.
I don't need office as such but I may need it later on.
The more I think about it, the only addition I would really need
would be the home and student addition which while a little steap
in price at 250 is at least affordable as long as thats all I ever
There are software places like buy.recycled.com which are
supposed to be selling legal recycled software, but it really
doesn't matter to much as long as I get something that works for
Which needs 2010 or higher.
Crazy thing is that if I handle upgrades right I may be able to
get an old 2007 office install disk with 3 keys on it but thats
I have been contemplating office 360, the only reason I am not
for that as such is I don't really need or use office on a daily
I have jarte pro for most things.
I wander if softmaker have been approached on the interface type
On 11/12/2020 10:53 am, Brian Vogel
By the way, I am
back to strongly recommending SoftMaker Free Office
as an alternative to Microsoft Office for those who need only a
word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation manager. It has the
added bonus of running under Windows, Linux, and on the Mac.
Now, this strong recommendation comes with several provisos:
1. When you first start any one of the programs, you are asked
what user interface style you want, but nothing is announced for
each of the three choices for ribbon options nor for each of the
two options for menu-driven options.
2. The ribbon interface is absolutely, positively NOT accessible
with NVDA. I presume this is a problem with SoftMaker's software.
3. From the testing I've done, the menu-driven user interface
(UI) is 100% accessible with NVDA, which is what makes this suite
You would want a sighted assistant right after install so that
when you fire up any one of the three programs, TextMaker (word
processor), PlanMaker (spreadsheet), or Presentations (equivalent
of PowerPoint) as that's the point at which the user interface
choice is made. Making it for any one of the three makes that
choice apply to the other two as well, or at least it did for me.
This suite is the most like MS-Word of any that I have worked
with, and now that it appears it is accessible if the menu-driven
UI is chosen, it's worth another look. If anyone tries it, and
finds accessibility stumbling blocks with the menu-driven UI,
please report back on where it is/they are occurring. There's no
way I can get beyond basic testing and dig in to each and every
option in each and every menu.
You can have SoftMaker Office save the files it creates in
Microsoft document formats and set this up as the default. But
the initial default is not the Microsoft formats, but it's own.
Brian - Windows
10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042
If you think that
you can think about a thing, inextricably attached to
something else, without thinking of the thing it is
attached to, then you have a legal mind.
~ Thomas Reed Powell