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SoftMaker Office 2018 – Anniversary Update

Dear SoftMaker customers:

It's our 30th anniversary! Thirty years ago, SoftMaker Software was incorporated. To celebrate our company's anniversary, we have created the free Anniversary Update with numerous new features for all users of SoftMaker Office 2018 and SoftMaker Office NX.

What's in the Anniversary Update? Find out in this article.

Improved scanner support

While current versions of Microsoft Word have not offered any functions for scanning images for several years now, we have once again significantly extended the scanner support in SoftMaker Office with the Anniversary Update.

In response to many customer requests, we have now integrated scanning via WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) in addition to the existing TWAIN support. SoftMaker Office now works with practically all scanners, and users of the 64-bit version of our software will be excited to hear that they can access their scanners now as well using WIA.

The new WIA support has the added benefit that it also lets you scan multiple pages in one step. In TextMaker, a separate page is created for each scanned image. Presentations places scan after scan on new slides. In PlanMaker, the scanned images are simply stacked on top of each other in the active document.

Compatibility with Microsoft Office 2019

For years, SoftMaker Office has been able to open, display and save Microsoft Office documents accurately. With the Anniversary Update, SoftMaker Office adds compatibility with Microsoft Office 2019.

SoftMaker Office is now compatible with Microsoft Office starting with ancient versions such as Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 and up to and including the latest Microsoft Office 2019.

Compatibility has also been improved in other places – for example, you can now add a "negative" crop to images in documents. Just like in Microsoft Office, you can use Picture | Cropping not only to remove unwanted areas from an image, but also go in the opposite direction to add a wrap margin to images.

Copy & paste for formatting

You may already know our Format painter for applying formatting quickly. With the Anniversary Update, you can now use the format painter with the keyboard: Select any text, copy its formatting with Ctrl+Shift+C, select the destination text and apply the formatting with Ctrl+Shift+V.

User interface and localization improvements

Users who prefer the classic interface with menus will immediately notice an improvement: The Anniversary Update offers a set of redesigned toolbars that significantly facilitate access to numerous functions.

The dropdown element Insert | Character has been enhanced with new typographical characters and made more user-friendly: If the mouse pointer is positioned over an entry, a tooltip displays the technical term as well as the Unicode value of the character.

Entry of Unicode characters has also been simplified in SoftMaker Office for Windows: If you hold down the Alt key, you can now insert characters with Unicode values higher than 255 using the numeric keypad. For example, use Alt+8364 to insert the Euro symbol.

You can use the key combinations Ctrl+F12 and Ctrl+Shift+F12 to quickly switch between ribbon tabs.

In addition, numerous translations of the user interface have been updated and SoftMaker Office is now also available with a Polish user interface for the first time.

Users who work on French documents will also be pleased: When French text is entered, protected spaces are automatically added to quotation marks, question marks, exclamation marks, colons, and semicolons.

Direct line to SoftMaker

With the new function ? | Support, you can contact our support team directly from inside SoftMaker Office (classic menus: Help > Support):

In this way we can answer your questions more efficiently than before.

In the rare event of a program crash, you can now send your crash report directly from the application without having to have an e-mail program installed.

Important new features in TextMaker

Latest version of Duden Korrektor: SoftMaker Office Professional 2018 and SoftMaker Office NX Universal include Duden Korrektor, the best spelling and grammar checker for the German language. With the Anniversary Update, Duden Korrektor is updated to the latest version and offers even better grammar checking results.

Print selected text: Previously, you could use TextMaker to print complete documents or certain pages of documents. The Anniversary Update adds another printing option: printing the selected text. To do this, simply select as many lines of your document as you like, choose File | Print and select the option Selection in the "Print" dialog box:

Then only the part of the document that you selected before is printed, including embedded images and objects.

Incidentally, you can also export selected text to PDF.

New functions for the database module: The database module of TextMaker can now also handle CSV files. You can open CSV files for viewing, searching and creating selections for mail merges.

Save charts as image files: In PlanMaker, you could already save charts as image files. This is now also possible with TextMaker and Presentations. Simply right-click on a chart in your document and select Save as picture from the context menu.

Quickly change the text language: Clicking on the displayed language in the status bar now opens a convenient pop-up menu that allows you to directly change the text language of the selected text.

Important new features in PlanMaker

Experimental import of OpenDocument Calc files: With the Anniversary Update, PlanMaker offers an experimental import filter for OpenDocument Calc files. Users who previously worked with OpenOffice or LibreOffice can now edit their Calc files with PlanMaker. Not every feature of ODS is already supported; so please let us know if you notice something's missing.

Calculate with rounded results: The option Precision as displayed has been added to the "Calculate" tab of the File | Properties command. When you activate this option, calculations are always continued with the visible accuracy of cells:

For example, if cell A1 contains the calculation =10/3, but displays it with only two decimal places (3.33), then 3*A1 results in the value 9,99 and not 10.

Improved AutoFilter: The AutoFilter of PlanMaker has been enhanced with helpful functions. It now offers a hierarchical grouping of dates:

It has also been extended to include additional options for filtering dates, numbers and text.

Insert copied cells: When you copy cells to the clipboard and paste them somewhere else, the regular Paste command overwrites any existing cell content in the destination area. With the new command Insert copied cells, PlanMaker makes room for the pasted cells by pushing the existing cells either down or to the right:

Numerous new calculation functions: We have added nearly 50 new calculation functions to PlanMaker, mainly in the area of statistics. All are fully compatible with Microsoft Excel.

Multi-column formatting of text in presentations

With the new command Home | Columns (classic menus: Object > Columns), Presentations now allows you to format text in text frames and placeholders in multiple columns:

This lets you create "real" multi-column layouts without having to resort to using multiple text frames or tables. Of course, your files still remain compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint.

We hope that we have given you a first impression of the new features that SoftMaker Office 2018 and SoftMaker Office NX users get for free with our Anniversary Update. If you do not yet own a full version of SoftMaker Office 2018, you can download the free 30-day trial version.

However, this blog article can give you just a glimpse of the new features. Explaining all features here would be beyond the scope of this format. For those who want to know all the details, this page gives a complete list of the changes.

As always, we are looking forward to your feedback, ideas and suggestions in the comment section of this blog. Thank you for taking the time to read this article!


Comments

Bogdan

2019-06-12 20:34

Thank you for the Polish interface!!!
Wonderfull!

Diego

2019-05-09 23:04

I bought the license of SoftMaker's office package and was surprised by the practicality of the product, I really liked the interface.
But I did not like the dictionaries for Portuguese Language !! He is very weak for those who have professional jobs to do!
You could include in the next updates a decent Portuguese dictionary, because the one that comes with your product is very outdated and does not work!
With all due respect, but this attitude of having a support to the Portuguese Language so bad is, without a doubt, a disrespect with the client !!
Improve it!

Att .: Diego.

SoftMaker

2019-05-10 08:02

Hello Diego, Thanks for your comment. We are glad to hear that you like the user interface of our software. Unfortunately, you didn't mention any details about the issues you encountered with our Portuguese dictionaries. If you would like to share more details with us, please send them directly to our technical support team. This makes it easier for us to review your inquiry. You can reach our support either directly from inside SoftMaker Office 2018 ("? | Support") or by using our support form:

www.softmaker.com/en/support-assistant

Maybe you also would like to have a look at our Hunspell dictionaries which you can install alternatively:

www.softmaker.com/en/dictionaries

Yeoman

2019-05-09 16:38

When will Zotero integration be available in linux version of SoftMaker Office? I've seen an official reply elsewhere (softmaker.com/.../...), but no clear time table was declared.

SoftMaker

2019-05-10 08:09

We are working on it, but a release date has not been announced.

Pawel

2019-04-17 20:00

I don't see any differences between Home and Professional editions, except for Berlitz dictionaries. If I buy the Professional edition offered here (I assume it's the only one offered in the Anniversary edition), will I be able to purchase updates for the Home rather than Professional version?

SoftMaker

2019-04-18 07:35

In addition to the features of SoftMaker Office Standard (NX Home), SoftMaker Office Professional (NX Universal) offers the Berlitz dictionaries for reliable translation from/to English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Plus, it allows Administration with more than 240 group-policy objects which is helpful for system administrators.

Regardless if you buy the Standard or the Professional version, you are entitled to upgrade both to future versions of SoftMaker Office Standard and SoftMaker Office Professional at a special price. If you subscribe to SoftMaker Office NX Home or NX Universal, all upgrades to new versions are included for free as long as your subscription runs.

Pawel

2019-04-18 13:01

But the upgrades to Professional are still more expensive than upgrades to Home. If I buy Professional at the anniversary price (there seems to be no Home edition at a discount), will I have to upgrade to Professional when a new version comes out, or will I be able to upgrade to Home? I don't really need the dictionaries, and I am not a system administrator.

SoftMaker

2019-04-18 13:16

Please let me help you differentiating between the different versions of SoftMaker Office.

SoftMaker Office Standard = purchase version, you can use it as long as you want.
SoftMaker Office Professional = purchase version with additional features, you can use it as long as you want.

SoftMaker Office NX Home = subscription version, you can use it as long as your subscription runs.
SoftMaker Office NX Universal = subscription version with additional features, you can use it as long as your subscription runs.

Upgrades to new versions of SoftMaker Office Standard or Professional are regularly available at discounted prices, regardless which version of SoftMaker Office you have used before.
We usually do not offer special prices for upgrades to our subscription versions SoftMaker Office NX Home or Universal though.

In other Words: If you now buy SoftMaker Office Professional, you are entitled to upgrade to new versions of SoftMaker Office Standard or SoftMaker Office Professional at a special price in the future.

If you do not need the additional features of SoftMaker Office Professional / NX Universal, the Standard / Home version might be the right choice for you.

Pawel

2019-04-18 19:13

OK, that answers my question, thank you.

Edgar

2019-04-17 11:57

Has any support for Zotero or Mendeley been added yet?

SoftMaker

2019-04-17 12:32

Not yet, it is one of the top items on our wish list for future versions though.

J.B.A. Tobben

2019-04-17 11:54

Hoe ontvang ik de gratis update van Softmaker Free Office 2018

SoftMaker

2019-04-17 12:30

Onder Windows wordt de update meestal automatisch geïnstalleerd.

Onder Linux kunt u de update installeren met behulp van onze repository.
Voor details, zie www.softmaker.com/en/tips-linux

Onder macOS moet u de laatste versie van onze Office-suite handmatig installeren:
www.softmaker.net/down/softmaker-office-2018.pkg

Als u verdere hulp nodig heeft bij de update, neem dan contact op met ons technische ondersteuningsteam:
www.softmaker.com/en/support-assistant

[Under Windows, the update ususally gets installed automatically.

Under Linux, you can install the update using our repository.
For details, see www.softmaker.com/en/tips-linux

Under macOS, you need to install the latest version of our Office suite manually:
www.softmaker.net/down/softmaker-office-2018.pkg

If you need further assistance with the update, please contact our technical support team:
www.softmaker.com/en/support-assistant]

Bill

2019-04-14 17:20

One long-overdue functionality for Presentations would be compatibility with conversion/publishing addons, such as iSpring, Articulate and such. Been waiting for years for such, but it never arrives.
Thanks

SoftMaker

2019-04-15 15:33

Thank you for your suggestion that we already have forwarded to our product management.

Nancy Rauch

2019-04-13 17:16

When will I be able to download the anniversary updates for 2019.

SoftMaker

2019-04-15 15:30

There is no SoftMaker Office version for 2019. The anniversary update is an update for the latest version of our Office suite, SoftMaker Office 2018 / NX.

DrTeeth

2019-04-13 15:50

The update does not work if one decides NOT to create a backup.

SoftMaker

2019-04-15 15:27

If you need assistance with the update, please contact our technical support:

www.softmaker.com/en/support-assistant

lorenzo del savio

2019-04-12 16:18

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE UPDATES .... LOVE THE SOFTWARE...

Jonypool

2019-04-12 03:16

Nice improvements...!

Also waiting for the portuguese translation...!

SoftMaker

2019-04-15 15:20

Thank you. We are glad to hear that you like the improvements. We offer Portuguese translations of our software, our website and our blog... May we ask you for what exactly you are waiting?

Stephen

2019-04-12 02:51

When are you going to add a solver tool for PlanMaker?

SoftMaker

2019-04-15 15:14

This is already on our wish list. However, we can not provide you with a timeframe yet.

Leirbag

2019-04-12 02:05

Great Improvements....I am however mostly concerned about the Ubuntu Linux version...particularly PRESENTATIONS.

Adding Sounds does not work....and still no Video or Movies can be dropped into slides....and still no Export presentations to video. This is truly the main reason I was willing to pay for Softmaker....it was said years ago you were working on allowing video to be dropped into presentations.

When can we expect this?

SoftMaker

2019-04-15 15:06

Supporting movies and audio files under Linux is already on our wish list for future versions of Presentations. Please note however that we cannnot provide you with a timeframe yet.

Gary Headrick

2019-04-11 20:09

I have Softmaker 18 and clicked on the update in textmaker. It said there was none. What is the link to get the anniversary update?

SoftMaker

2019-04-15 09:31

Hello Gary Headrick, such questions are best discussed with our technical support team:
www.softmaker.com/en/support-assistant

Ulf Ulvik

2019-04-11 12:08

Been waiting for Norwgian translate for years....

SoftMaker

2019-04-11 15:11

Thank you for your comment. We'll forward your suggestion to our product management.

Cosmin

2019-04-11 08:12

Congratulations! Still not completely translated to Romanian, though. Is there any progress for this task? I offered myself to complete the translation, but I was told that there are translators already working at the Romanian language.

SoftMaker

2019-04-11 10:18

Unfortunately, the Romanian translation has not been finished yet. It will be published with one of the next service packs though.

Donald Clausen

2019-04-11 05:48

Very good improvements.

Xapie

2019-04-10 20:22

When are you going to add the capability in PlanMaker to read values from a text file directly into a cell?

SoftMaker

2019-04-11 10:30

Hello Xapie, there are two ways to achieve a similar behavior with the current version of PlanMaker: You can either write a BasicMaker script or you can convert the text file into a XLSX/PMDX file and access the values using external references.

Mikael

2019-04-10 19:18

Still not fully translated to Swedish...
(Linux)

SoftMaker

2019-04-10 19:22

Mikael, the translator delivered the translation one day too late. It will be in the next service pack.

Mikael

2019-04-11 20:12

Okey.. the version before this update was also in "Swenglish" all time...

Mikael

2019-04-19 14:35

Yes, with update 2888 all text in UI is Swedish!

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