Now that I see the real advantages of Open Type Fonts (OTF), it would really put TextMaker ahead of the curve if it provided FULL OTF support. Especially for ligature characters and font designs within the font being used.
Ligatures like fl, fi, ff, st, ss, etc. have specific characters within the font families to make them look much nicer when printed. Font designers have made these to professionalize the fonts. Fonts like Adobe's Garamond Pro, Arno Pro, etc. are designed to specifically take advantage of OTF ligature characters along with other font design features (extra math symbols, languages, characters etc.).
The problem now is that IF you are able to find a character to replace these two characters together, one has to manually do a search and replace. Then if you do a word search these characters screw that up, making last minute edits a nightmare.
I never thought OTF was very important for Americans, but I now see that it is much more than just language support.
Ligatures are just one aspect of OTF, PC printers are now taking advantage of them as well, as is Adobe Acrobat. But more importantly, if you ever go to a professional print shop, they are requesting OTF fonts as well. They like them embedded in PDF documents.
I suspect that SoftMaker is waiting for Microsoft to provide full support in the .doc format, but since I export to PDF, I don't need .doc format. I could just keep my format native export to PDF.