SoftMaker has certainly been making waves lately. The company generated headlines when it partnered with popular Linux distribution Manjaro. Now a new update to FreeOffice is bringing several welcome additions to the non-paid version of the Linux, Windows and macOS office suite, including 2019’s must-have visual feature: Dark Mode.
The highlight of FreeOffice is its ability to work with a classic or “ribbon” interface and both open and save newer Microsoft Office formats like DOCX, XLSX and PPTX. The update that drops today expands that to include classic DOC, XLS and PPT formats. This is an important one, because the previous free version only opened these formats in read-only mode. Now they can be both opened and saved.
The update to FreeOffice also expands compatibility with LibreOffice by adding full ODT (Open Document Text) functionality.
Additionally, FreeOffice adds a new dark interface to make things easier on your eyeballs. I appreciate this, because I dark mode all the things.
Though FreeOffice is a multi-platform Office suite, SoftMaker says these features are a direct response to requests from its Linux community. As it stands now, FreeOffice may be a viable alternative to the widely-used LibreOffice, which is included by default in a number of popular Linux distributions. In fact, making the switch is boldly encouraged in the accompanying press release.
Both non-paid and paid commercial versions of FreeOffice are available to download for Linux, Windows and macOS at freeoffice.com.
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