The alternative of open source office suites for mobile is not too extensive; there is Andr OpenOffice and Collabora Office and not much else. Make it available Softmaker Office 2024 pFor mobile phones, even if it is proprietary software, it is excellent news.
If Linux users want to write a document, enter data into a spreadsheet or add elements to a presentation using our mobile device and then continue working on the computer, we must resort to cloud services such as Microsoft 365 or Google Documents. . Softmaker Office allows us to create files locally and share them via USB cable or using our own network in addition to using the most common storage services.
Softmaker Office 2024 available for mobile
As in previous editions, The suite is made up of a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation creation program. It can be downloaded from the app stores Google y Apple Lossless Audio CODEC (ALAC), for free, although for a payment you access additional functions.
Softmaker Office brings the same functions as its desktop counterpart, but with the user interface that corresponds to the device.either. All three applications have native support for Microsoft Office file formats.
The TextMaker word processor
The word processor includes the functions typically found in a desktop word processor cas a spell checker, cross-references, index generator, tables, style sheets, and photo captions.
The result can be saved in cloud storage services such as iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive.
The PlanMaker Spreadsheet
For our calculations we can use more than 430 formulas compatible with Excel and represent them with 80 types of graphs. We also have professional functions such as pivot tables, data tables and data consolidation. To search for errors we have syntax highlighting and the “detective”.
Presentations Program Presentations
The presentation program is not a simple player as is often the case with other mobile versions of similar programs. The application can not only play all content created with PowerPoint on the desktop (including transitions and multimedia content) but also create it.
The desktop version
Unlike the mobile version, The desktop version for Linux, Windows and Mac of Softmaker Office 2024 is paid. Either under the subscription modality or through the traditional license payment. The subscription version includes some very interesting additional features such as:
- Automatic translation between more than 30 languages maintaining the original layout of the document using the DeepL service.
- Integration with ChatGPT to summarize or create texts.
Both the one-time payment and subscription versions have these features:
- Native support for Microsoft Office formats.
- Grammar check in Spanish and 74 other languages.
- Barcode and QR code creator.
- Multiple copying of scattered portions of text.
- Audio and video compatibility with Linux.
- Embed fonts in documents.
- Import and export of SQLite database using the spreadsheet.
- Creation of self-executing presentations.
Softmaker Office costs 29,90 euros/dollars annually for the subscription and 99,95 euros/dollars for the permanent license.
Years ago Linus Torvalds said that he didn't care if software was free or proprietary as long as there was a good reason for its existence. Tim O'Reilly, the creator of the technology publisher O'Reilly Media, states that the only freedom that matters is that the user can get the most out of their devices. I have been a user of Softmaker products for years and as a Linux user, they really make my life easier.
Of course, I would also like to see an open source office suite for mobile that is truly competitive,