SoftMaker Office 2006

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

SoftMaker Office 2006 includes a fast, feature-rich word processor and spreadsheet program:

  • TextMaker can open and save to a wide variety of formats including MS Word (.doc and .docx), and comes with a built-in database and mail-merge function. Includes spell-checker, thesaurus, a variety of different hotkey mappings, tables, quick text (BR becomes "best regards") and much more.
  • PlanMaker opens and can save to most major spreadsheet formats and comes with more than 320 calculation functions. It features Excel-compatible charts, conditional formatting, syntax highlighting, goal seeker, sheet/workbook protection, etc.
The collection also comes with accessory Smash.exe, which includes a quick look at major system folders including My Documents, Printers, Fonts, etc.

Version note: SoftMaker Office 2008 is freeware, contains more filters, includes a presentation program, and can be downloaded from the home page, but requires e-mail registration and extra steps for portability.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Writes empty section header to WIN.INI, as well as some OLE stuff to the registry.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch TextMaker.exe for the word processor or PlanMaker.exe for the spreadsheet program

15 comments on SoftMaker Office 2006  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

a 2009-01-05 19:01

This is less bloated than MS Office and OpenOffice.Org, which continue to get more bulkier and slower. It's an older version thus it has its quirks and doesn't it have a powerpoint counterpart, but if you need a reasonably featured word/spreadsheet suite it may be worth the download.

inforangry 2009-01-06 00:20

I would like more information about "built-in database and mailmerge function". They don't explain anything in the website.

TheVinster 2009-01-06 01:09

I don't understand, why not just use Google Apps??

opsimathic 2009-01-06 01:15

I use this as my everyday spreadsheet and word processor - much faster than OpenOffice, especially when run from a USB stick, but less full featured - also OpenOffice has a presentation (powerpoint-esq)feature which SoftMaker lacks in its free (2006) version.

Google Apps (see TheVinster comment) is a non starter when you work remotely with sporadic internet access.

I keep OpenOffice for occasional use, but rarely have to use it - especially for spreadsheets.

french 2009-01-06 10:22

This is a very nice product. It has fewer features than OpenOffice.org, but the features are carefully selected and should cover the needs of most people.

For those with questions about features or how they're implemented, there's a pdf version of the complete manuals to be found in the program folder that should answer any questions. The manuals are well written and well indexed.

MS Office Office file compatibility (pre-2007) is very good, but PlanMaker (the spreadsheet) can't handle massive spreadsheets. The row and column limits are similar to early versions of Excel.

This is good enough software that I bought the newer version, which can also be run from a portable drive.

One note: after the initial install, you need only go to the Start menu, find the SoftMaker Office 2006 entry, choose the Utilities submenu, then choose Install SoftMaker Office on a USB stick. While wandering around you may also see the Documentation submenu for easy access to the pdf documentation.

einposter 2009-02-12 09:54

user french said the most about this app. I totally agree with his comments and highly recommend these apps for use on a stick or even vintage hardware.

Although both apps are not so bloated as M$ Office or OOo, the collection of features is really more than sufficient and covers the needs of a everyday user (and even professionals). So do not be discouraged by these comments on the fewer features! One feature was not mentioned above: one can create PDF seamlessly out of both apps.

If you are capable of German - there as a forum on the manufacturer's website encompassing lots of tips and tricks. Help to even weird questions is available there.

Truely a recommendation.

And I also bought the new version for use on my old laptop

Oscar 2009-07-13 18:08

An excellent product, nice, swift, to the point. Regrettably for great suites like OpenOffice, they grow in size and unnecessary complexity. This one runs very well even in my really old PC. The only thing it lacks is a Spanish dictionary, which I don't know where to download. Otherwise, is perfect for users like me, just writing, perhaps a little spreadsheet databas here and there and not much more.

Reader 2009-09-19 20:49

I was on Softpedia and apparently they have a link to an already portablized version:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Office/Suites-editors/Portable-SoftMaker-Office.shtml

TH 2009-12-21 23:54

12/21/09 2008 free may end 12/31/09 http://www.softmaker.com/english/index_en.htm use usbstick.exe to transfer to usb stick - should be portable

Jon 2010-02-18 21:23

Free 2008 version is now available here: http://www.softmaker.net/down/ofw08charity.exe but it probably needs a serial number.

P Smith 2010-05-09 08:20

The file that "Jon" linked to ("ofw08charity.exe") is only a 30 day demo, not a full version of Softmaker Office.

Softmaker Office 2006 is still a great program, though I am considering purchasing the latest one.

Bill 2011-03-05 22:10

Just downloaded this and have been pulling in a variety of documents into TextMaker. I spend 30+ hours a week reviewing, marking up, and writing documents in MS Word 2003 at work and some at home in MS Word 2002. I've written macro's to make up for some of the things that MS Word doesn't do so well in those two versions.

Some of my more favorite features in TextMaker are the File Manager, the review all changes, and the built in database. Haven't seen how (or if) dot files are handled since that's where I keep most of my macro's. Was a bit disappointed that I couldn't pull in docx files but they have to keep some things back to make sales. Also, didn't notice on their website if they had a comparison table showing what the extra's are (other than the presentation clone) if you buy their 2010 version.

So far seems like a solid app.

tikbalang 2011-08-01 08:30

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"ofw08charity.exe" is free but needs registration at the website for the serial. follow instructions for the extract/install up to step #3. there is no need to edit .ini files because the string "OEMRegisterSkip" is not there.

keep the usb version.

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TP109 2011-08-07 08:36

The 2008 version is much lighter and faster than OOo. Wow! Looks great so far.

Midas 2012-03-05 14:13

Testing version 2008, not sure if it is stealth, but seems rather snappy, looks like a keeper...

For those having trouble with installation instructions:

Install it to you desktop machine,
choose default interface language (which you may change later via options),
enter registration details (received freely at email address given while registering for download; also, keep those details, as they are mandatory for SoftMaker Office 2008 installation),
choose location for install (not really important, as you'll be making that install portable),
then choose the custom button on the next dialog for selecting which components of the suite to install (I recommend getting the interface language of your choice, plus all the proofing tools for the languages you understand and minus the SMASH launcher),
then deselect the 'Install application for all users on this computer' option on the next dialog and
proceed to Install.

After that, find the SoftMaker Office entry in the start menu, and under 'tools' you'll find the option to transfer the installation to your portable device, after which you can uninstall from your desktop machine if you wish to.

Really useful soft, as it's multiplatform (Windows & Linux) and can be run portable.

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