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SoftMaker Office 2021 and NX have just been updated again. Besides bug fixes, the new revision 1030 adds new tools that make SoftMaker Office even more powerful.

Read here which new features you get for free with this revision.

If you haven't purchased SoftMaker Office yet, you can download the free trial version here.

Out with the old revision, in with the new!

We had to update SoftMaker Office 2021 because revision 1026 introduced a bug in our Linux and Mac versions that broke numbered lists. Note to self: Don't add fixes at the last minute ;-)

The good thing is that we not only corrected the broken fix, but also took the opportunity to add new features.

#1 TextMaker: The Search sidebar gets a memory

The first new feature will save you time when using the Search sidebar in TextMaker. From now on, you can recall your old searches.

This means that you don't have to type in frequently-used search terms again and again, but can select them from a list with just two mouse clicks – what a time saver!

Simply open the Search sidebar and click the dropdown button at the end of the "Search for" field. This opens a drop-down menu which lists recent search terms. Pick one, and all its occurrences in the document will be displayed.

#2 PlanMaker: CSV import accepts multiple separators

PlanMaker now comes with a more flexible import function for CSV files. From now on, it allows you to choose more than one separator for a CSV file. Yes, there are indeed CSV files that use more than one separator!

In the preview section, the dialog box shows you how the CSV file will be imported. Tip: click on a column header to change the field type, for example to number or text. Yes, this is not new, but too few users know about it.

#3 PlanMaker: CSV import now understands the "sep=" line

There really is no standard for CSV files. Fields may be delimited by commas, by the system-defined separator (a semicolon in many countries), by tabs or even by arbitrary other characters. Since it is hard for an import filter to determine the field separator reliably, some developers invented the convention of adding a sep= line at the beginning of CSV files that specifies the separator used in a certain CSV file. While we do not write such CSV files because this would confuse many other programs, PlanMaker now reads and uses this information when present in a CSV file.

Getting this update

If you use SoftMaker Office 2021 or NX in Windows, you receive revision 1030 automatically. On Linux and Mac, you can install it manually. Find instructions here.


We are interested in your feedback. Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.


Costin M 2021-11-13 12:57
Hello Softmaker. After much time playing with the Freeofice, I decided to go ahead and buy your 2021 Standard Office.

Not because I need it, (I have MS Office Enterprise on windows) , but because I decided to stick to Fedora Linux,and because I wanted to support you guys .

Libreoffice is bloated and heavy, and it died on me, after messing with some opencl drivers. Softmaker Office works on and on, and its fast.
Thanks !
SoftMaker 2021-11-13 19:05
Thank you for your valuable feedback and for supporting us.
Pascual 2021-10-23 21:10

I am using FreeOffice in Linux since 2019 and I like the fact that the editor has good compatibility with .docx files and is lightweight compared with Libreoffice. Of course, in Linux it is more important than Windows to have a very good Office Suite as an alternative because Microsoft Office is not available (using Microsoft Office through Wine doesn't work very well).

In office you have either the Equation Editor or the option to use LaTeX notation in Word. In FreeOffice TextMaker you cannot use this, but it is not possible in the paid version in Linux, which has kept me from buying the Software. The web page says it works in the Windows version, but I found surprising because as I mentioned before if there are Operating Systems which need more a different Office Suite are all Linux-base Operating Systems. Without being an Expert, I am aware that AbiWord (which is simpler piece of Software and made for Linux) allows inserting LaTeX notation, which makes implementing this in Softmaker a realistic option, right?

Thanks for your attention and this great Software, I hope this can be done in the near future.
SoftMaker 2021-10-24 21:04
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded the request to our developer team.
Chad Hooper 2021-08-17 01:21
Are there any plans to add the XLOOKUP formula to Planmaker in the 2021 version? If not, is there some other formula available to duplicate the flexibility and increased accuracy of XLOOKUP over VLOOKUP within Planmaker that I have overlooked?

I use XLOOKUP to cross reference between workbooks quite often at work and there are also applications for this in my hobbies at home. Availability of the most versatile lookup function may be the determining factor in which suite of Office-like software I finally buy for my newest home computer.
SoftMaker 2021-08-17 11:15
Yes, XLOOKUP is in our task list and I have again forwarded this request to our development team.
Don Robinson 2021-06-03 15:55
As a visually impaired user of Textmaker, I need Speech to Text. Why does Windows 10 dictation not work?
SoftMaker 2021-06-03 19:04
Thanks for reporting this problem. I have forwarded the details to our product management...
M. Michael Ball 2021-05-10 01:26
Is there a Softmaker Office Suit available for the Apple MacOS?

M. Michael Ball
SoftMaker 2021-05-10 07:00
Yes, SoftMaker Office 2021 is available for macOS also. Please refer to our product page for more details :
Dtigers 2021-05-01 15:36
How can I print my work?
SoftMaker 2021-05-03 18:47
You can print by pressing Ctrl+P or from ribbon command File | Print.
Trevor Hendricks.... 2021-04-06 16:56
I am exploring whether I can use Soft Maker with
sketches and graphic illustrations..much like an
AutoCad programme with accompanying texy.
Dieter Schuch 2021-03-20 08:53
Ein positives Merkmal bei der Bearbeitung von CSV Dateien, die aus dem Internet bereitgestellt werden (Beispiel Kontoauszugsdaten) war, dass sie direkt nach Download in einem Fenster zur weiteren Bearbeitung (Planmaker) bereitgestellt wurden. Durch Hinzuladen einer weiteren Planmaker Datei aus dem Filesystem war es möglich, downgeloadete CSV Teildaten aus der CSV Datei per Cut-and-paste direkt in die andere Datei zu übernehmen. Das scheint jetzt, nach der Überarbeitung der CSV Dateiimportfunktion, nicht mehr zu funktionieren. Bug or feature?
SoftMaker 2021-03-20 16:07
Please submit your technical questions/suggestions using the link below along with the sample file and some screenshots of the problem. Our technical support will assist you.

Technical support:
Fahad 2021-03-14 19:34
I replaced MS office and Libre Office by SoftMaker office in my two companies. However we really miss the ability of using MACROS in this great office suit on MAC. Do plan to add this feature to SoftMaker office? THX
SoftMaker 2021-03-15 11:09
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded this request to our product management...
Matthew Walker 2021-03-06 13:51
Is it possible to get Alt shortcuts for the Ribbon interface sometime? I love the look of the Ribbon, but can't use it because I prefer using keyboard shortcuts for my most used formatting options.
SoftMaker 2021-03-06 14:24
Please submit your technical questions/suggestions using the link below. Our technical support will assist you.

Technical support:
Fabian Finlay 2021-03-01 09:38
I have been asking since the earliest version of Softmaker Office for Planmaker to work with DDE links without which it has never been able to claim to be Excel compatible. Without it I am tied to Microsoft.
SoftMaker 2021-03-01 12:06
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded this feature request to our development team.
Harold Charns 2021-02-21 20:09
I am a MS Access programmer and would love to see Access added to you Softmaker suite.
SoftMaker 2021-02-22 10:58
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded this request to our product management...
Chris Thurgood 2021-02-11 17:32
Any possibility of adding voice dictation to Textmaker?
SoftMaker 2021-02-11 17:55
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded this feature request to our development team.
Lisa Knight 2021-02-10 23:01
Thank you for this. A couple of wish-list items please:
1. Include in statistics - character count including spaces.
2. Autocorrect first word (after full stop) where capitals is not turned off.

Many thanks!
SoftMaker 2021-02-11 17:21
Please submit your technical questions/suggestions using the link below. Our technical support will assist you.

Technical support:
Herb Williams 2021-02-10 17:59
Does this Ver still allows for selection between new type menu bar & std menu wit icons like w 2003 and doe it support bookmarks like 2003 with the cntr/alt function.

please advise

SoftMaker 2021-02-10 18:28
Yes, we still have Classic menu and toolbars option available along with Ribbon type as shown in the above image.
Harry Lattik 2021-02-10 17:45
I have the Ashampoo office What's the diff?
SoftMaker 2021-02-11 12:07
Actually, it is a version with a some reduced feature set but for complete details please contact Ashampoo support. They will be able to provide more details.
Leirbag28 2021-02-10 16:01
Playing or inserting sound or a song STILL does not work on Office 2018 for Ubuntu Linux. Please fix this also.
Softmaker Offfice is the best most native Office for Linux.
SoftMaker 2021-02-10 17:30
Thanks for reporting this problem. I have forwarded the details to our development team.
Leirbag28 2021-02-10 15:57
Video??? Video? It's long overdue for Linux version to be able to insert video into a presentation. Way way way overdue. Please send out an update for Office 2018 and 2021 to add video support...a competitor Chinese office app has had this for a while and quite lovely and recently updated. PLEASE!
SoftMaker 2021-02-10 17:27
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded this feature request to our development team.
Aine Pedersen 2021-02-10 08:49
There is a feature which I enjoyed and frequently used in older word processors which none seem to offer today. It allowed one to correct case mistakes - not just an accidental second capital letter in the first word of a sentence, but an entire sentence accidentally written with CAPS LOCK on. It also permitted you to select such things as "capitalise the first letter in each word" - For example if you were quoting a book title.
I don'0t think I have ever seen this function in any program designed for Windows, but it was a feature of the one I used on my Compaq back in the 80's, and Oh! How I miss it! Any it could be resurrected? (and that was in the "bad old days" when my computer had no hard disk and my operating system was on a 3ˇdiskette, with an optional second diskette on which to save my work. I could get a whole translation onto a single diskette which would not contain even a 5-page document today - but none of the programs I have tried have the functionality of my second word processor with regard to dealing with accidental CAPS LOCK.
Unlike today's first correspondent, I still prefer SoftMaker. Thanks.
SoftMaker 2021-02-10 10:51
Thanks for your feedback. As you mentioned "capitalise the first letter in each word", this function is already there in TextMaker 2021.
John Stanfel 2021-02-09 19:17
I have stopped using SoftMaker Office and FlexPDF because both programs do not have a 'dark mode' setting which can be easily set up, i.e. GUI, menu backgrounds, document-, spreadsheet backgrounds etc.
Sadly, competitive programs allow easy setup to 'dark mode' for GUI and documents and when in 'dark mode' no resetting is required to print normally.
SoftMaker 2021-02-10 04:40
Thanks for your suggestion. I have forwarded the feature requests to our development team.

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