In case anyone's interested in trying Softmaker on an older/unsupported Android, I've just downloaded the beta of Textmaker to my Samsung Galaxy Portal running Android 2.1.
It downloaded and installed okay. It's a bit slow on opening. I was able to open a txt document from my Dropbox, but all I get is the "black blobs instead of letters" issue, which is indicated as having been solved on this page: http://www.softmaker.com/english/tipsandroid_en.htm I presume the version I downloaded is the "solved" one as I only downloaded it today but, if so, it's no good for Android 2.1.
2.1 is not officially supported because it has problems with OpenGL. You can turn to Tools/Options to turn off OpenGL, but will experience a significant speed hit. Depending on the speed of the device, it will either be acceptable or not. Try it.
Thanks Martin, that worked.
It doesn't appear to be much slower because it was already slow to open to begin with. I guess it does scroll around a bit jerkily. The speed of the device shouldn't be an issue because the Galaxy Portal supposedly has a 800Mhz processor in it (I've run previous versions of Softmaker on devices with much slower processors and much less memory without noticing a speed issue before).
I love Softmaker Office but, if I'm to be honest, this isn't one I'm going to be buying into just yet. I run many versions of Softmaker Office, and the most usable mobile version is Softmaker Office 2002 on my HP Jornada 720 H/PC. Softmaker certainly appears to run much more snappily on that old 203MHz device than on a 800MHz phone. Running Softmaker on my old Dell Axim PDA with foldable keyboard was also much more usable than Softmaker on my phone.
I guess I shall have to wait for the Android experience until I have an Android tablet. Pity there's no iPad/iPhone version of Softmaker. I'm going to have to buy one of the alternatives very soon instead, when I'd much rather be giving my money to the Softmaker team.