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What's new in SoftMaker Office 2021? – Part 2

Dear SoftMaker customers:

Welcome back to our blog series about the exciting new features that make SoftMaker Office 2021 so special. Once again, we will show you how to make use of the new functions with illustrated examples.

Feel free to try out all the described features for yourself. If you haven't purchased SoftMaker Office 2021 yet, you can download the free trial version here.

Enjoy reading!


New document templates

The attractive new document templates let you create professional and vivid printed matter in no time at all. Even better: The new dialog box gives you a clear overview of the templates, displaying each one with a preview image:

Document templates

Give it a try: just go to File | New and select a template of your choice. There are many possibilities, you will surely find something to your liking.

Fold marks

You may have seen this before: You wanted to fold a letter to put it in a window envelope. However, once you inserted it, you noticed that the letterhead just didn't match the position of the envelope's window.

With TextMaker 2021, this is a thing of the past. The new fold marks feature lets you add fold marks at the correct positions with just a few clicks:

Fold marks

Go to the "Fold marks" tab of the dialog box Layout | Page setup and activate the fold marks. After confirming the dialog box, they will appear directly in your document, in a way that prevents accidental relocation.

Mail merges from XLSX, PMDX and SQLite files

TextMaker's database module has been completely revised. It now lets you create mail merges not only from DBF and CSV files, but also from Excel or PlanMaker spreadsheets (XLSX/PMDX) and from SQLite databases. This makes using data from third-party software like CRM systems easier than ever before.Mail merge

TextMaker even lets you convert your old dBASE (DBF) database to the new SQLite format. To do this, go to Mailings | Edit database, open your old DBF database and select Save as SQLite table.

By the way: the new templates included in TextMaker 2021 come together with a new SQLite database ("addressbook.sqlite") that you can populate with all the data you need.

Presentations: portable slide shows

Imagine having prepared a slide show but once you arrive at the PC where you want to play it back, you notice that there is no presentation software installed. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

With the latest version of Presentations, this will never happen to you again. It lets you create portable slide shows that can be played back on every Windows PC, even if there is no presentation software installed. You can store them on a USB flash drive and open them wherever you need them.

Portable slide shows

Go to File | Export as | Portable slide show and select the preferred settings in the dialog box that appears. Then select Copy to folder. Now you can easily take your presentation with you and play it back wherever you like; including all animations, transitions, sounds and movies.

PlanMaker: page break preview

In the past it was often difficult to arrange tables on pages when printing. Thanks to the new page break preview, these times are over as it enables you to do it in a much more intuitive way. Simply drag the page margins to your preferred position with the mouse:

Page break preview

It is really that easy. Give it a try: just activate View | Page break preview.

PlanMaker: Multiple real-time calculations in the status bar

You might know real-time calculations in the status bar from previous PlanMaker versions. However, while previously you were limited to displaying a single calculation function in the status bar, you can now show several different results next to each other. Simply click on the "Online calculation" section of the status bar and enable all calculation functions you need. If you then select a range of cells in your worksheet, the results of all chosen calculations will be shown in the status bar immediately.

Real-time calculation

We hope you enjoyed reading the second part of our series about SoftMaker Office 2021! We're looking forward to receiving your feedback in the comment section below.


Comments

mike

2020-10-21 11:27

Thank you for your great software. Office 2021, and the blog showcasing features. It's good that I Don't have to buy in to a conglomerate to use office software that harvests my data.

Stephen Downs

2020-10-19 16:58

Does PlanMaker 2021 have a Solver?

SoftMaker

2020-10-20 04:28

Currently, we don't have Solver in PlanMaker but I have forwarded this as feature idea to our development team.

DANIEL CRISTINESCU

2020-10-19 05:16

I own two licenses for SoftMaker Office 2019 and I am using the Romanian language UI. I would like very much that the next update (probably 980?) to use the same renderings as SoftMaker Office 2021, which is much better. Is it possible? I hope so. Thank you!

SoftMaker

2020-10-19 06:48

Thanks for your suggestion but actually we don't have any SoftMaker Office 2019 version.

We have SoftMaker Office 2018 if that you are referring but for SoftMaker Office 2018, we already released 18 service packs and there will be no more service pack for this version. We will release only security patches if any required.

Please upgrade your license to SoftMaker Office 2021 to enjoy the latest features.

Larry Lindberg

2020-10-22 23:51

How do I upgrade to softmaker 2021?

SoftMaker

2020-10-23 07:04

Thanks for your interest in SoftMaker Office upgrade. Please follow these steps:

1. Purchase the upgrade from our online shop : www.softmaker.com/.../purchase
2. Download SoftMaker Office 2021 from www.softmaker.com/en/applications
3. If you want to keep previous version then you can keep it otherwise please uninstall it and restart your computer.
4. Install and activate downloaded SoftMaker Office 2021.
5. Enjoy new features.

Thanks

John Strathearn

2020-10-17 21:14

Can I add a company logo to all templates without doing it individually.

SoftMaker

2020-10-18 00:38

You have to do it once individually, once you updated company logo in any template, all documents created from it will have that logo.

Tom Inglis

2020-10-17 09:35

I had hoped that it might be possible to make no hyphenation the permanent default option in TextMaker but, although I can change it for the document(s) I am working on, if I close TextMaker, the option reverts to hyphenation.

SoftMaker

2020-10-17 13:02

Please send your technical questions on the link below. Our technical support team will be happy to assist you.

Technical support: www.softmaker.com/en/support-assistant

Harold Neale

2020-10-17 17:17

I've done that. Set up a blank document as you require - hyphenation, font, size, borders etc. Save as... then save then select Template (*.tmvx), call it Normal, click Save. Every time you open Textmaker you will get a blank document with those settings.

Fritz M. Fleming

2020-10-16 17:11

Does the NX subscription version also have the ability to make portable presentations?

SoftMaker

2020-10-16 18:11

Yes, you can create portable presentations using NX subscription also.

James

2020-10-16 14:46

how much to upgrade

SoftMaker

2020-10-16 14:54

Please visit our online shop to check the latest pricing and to purchase/upgrade the product : www.softmaker.com/en/shop-softmaker-office

Herb Williams.

2020-10-16 14:21

2 Questions:

1] Can I create bookmarks like I do in Word?
2] Can I disable CTRL + click to follow hyperlink. Then I can use the STD method using 1 hand on the mouse.

Regards
HW

SoftMaker

2020-10-16 14:52

Yes, you can create bookmarks but can't disable Ctrl+ click to follow hyperlink.

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