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Tips & Tricks for SoftMaker Office

 

Installing SoftMaker Office in Windows 8

SoftMaker Office 2012 and 2010 run flawlessly under Microsoft Windows 8.

However, the installation program included with older revisions of SoftMaker Office refuses to work in Windows 8 because it does not recognize this operating system.

This has been corrected in November 2012. If you still have an older revision, please download the full version (not the trial) of SoftMaker Office 2012 or 2010 again and install it in Windows 8. The download address can be found in the registration e-mail that you received after your purchase of SoftMaker Office.

 

Managing your SoftMaker Office for Windows installations centrally

System administrators:

If you install SoftMaker Office 2010 oder 2012 for Windows in a network and wish to use your existing software deployment tools, you can extract MSI installation archives from the setup program. Here are the instructions:

 

How to run SoftMaker Office for Windows from a USB flash drive

If you want to carry SoftMaker Office for Windows and important documents with you, you can copy SoftMaker Office to a USB flash drive. You can then run SoftMaker Office from the USB flash drive on any Windows-based computer (a borrowed or public computer, for instance). Once you unplug the USB flash drive, no trace of FreeOffice is left behind on the PC.

Here's how it works:

1.

Install SoftMaker Office on your regular PC's built-in hard drive. This lets you work with SoftMaker Office in the regular way, even without a USB flash drive.

2.

Click on the Windows Start button, then select Programs, SoftMaker Office, Utilities, Install SoftMaker Office on a USB stick.

3.

Follow the prompts, and the program copies the complete SoftMaker Office folder and the complete folder My Documents\SoftMaker to your USB flash drive. This gives you access to SoftMaker Office program files, as well as all of your documents and settings from My Documents\SoftMaker on the USB flash drive.

4.

When the program is done, your USB flash drive contains a fully functional copy of SoftMaker Office which does not register itself in Windows, in addition to all of your documents and configuration files.

What does usbstick.exe do exactly? If you want to know the details, here they are:

It determines the folder in which SoftMaker Office is installed, and copies the complete folder to the USB flash drive.

It then copies the complete folder "My Documents\SoftMaker" to the USB flash drive (more exactly: into the folder "SoftMaker" below the SoftMaker Office folder).

However, the program only copies files that do not exist yet on the USB flash drive and replaces only those which are older on the USB flash drive than on the hard disk.

Finally, the usbstick program creates a file named portable.txt in the SoftMaker Office folder on the USB flash drive. This file, whose contents are irrelevant, is a "marker file". Its existence causes SoftMaker Office to not install itself in the Windows Registry or the Start menu.

 

How to run SoftMaker Office for Linux from a USB flash drive

You can run SoftMaker Office for Linux from a USB flash drive, too. Here's how it works:

1.

Install SoftMaker Office on the built-in hard drive of your Linux PC. This lets you work with SoftMaker Office in the regular way, even without a USB flash drive.

2.

Create a folder on the USB flash drive and copy the contents of the SoftMaker Office application folder (for example, /usr/share/softmakeroffice) to this folder:

mkdir /media/disk/softmakeroffice (replace /media/disk with the path of your USB flash drive)
cd /usr/share/softmakeroffice
cp -Rv * /media/disk/softmakeroffice (replace /media/disk with the path of your USB flash drive)

3.

In the new folder on the USB flash drive, create a file with name portable.txt. Its content does not matter:

cd /media/disk/softmakeroffice (replace /media/disk with the path of your USB flash drive)
touch portable.txt

The portable.txt file is just a "marker file" that informs SoftMaker Office that it should run in portable mode and not leave any configuration files on the host operating system.

4.

Then, launch TextMaker:

./textmaker

TextMaker then creates two folders:

/media/disk/softmakeroffice/SoftMaker – that's where the documents and templates go
/media/disk/softmakeroffice/.softmaker – that's where the configuration files go

TextMaker then installs its default document templates and configuration files into these folders. This can take up to half a minute. Once the installation is complete, TextMaker starts.

Now you can also copy documents and templates that you need to the flash drive. Place documents in /media/disk/softmakeroffice/SoftMaker and templates in /media/disk/softmakeroffice/SoftMaker/Templates.

5.

To launch one of the programs, open the SoftMaker Office folder on the USB flash drive and double-click on the program you want to launch (textmaker or planmaker or presentations).

 

Tips & Tricks for TextMaker and PlanMaker

You'll find more tips and tricks for both applications on the respective tips pages for TextMaker and PlanMaker.

 

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