Hmmm I could be interested in softmaker office as an
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 need.
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
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
3. From the testing I've done, the menu-driven user interface
(UI) is 100% accessible with NVDA, which is what makes this
suite an option.
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
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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.
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