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SoftMaker Office 2018 for
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2019-08-27: Revision 970

All programs
40604 Windows When one of the SoftMaker Office applications is started via OLE Automation, messages from the update checker are suppressed so that scripts can run without interruption.
TextMaker
40752 40774   Opening a DBF database which contains deleted records could crash TextMaker.
40798   Pasting web pages from a web browser now also pastes the images again.
PlanMaker
40662 40735 40479 40761   Improvements to pivot tables

2019-08-14: Revision 968

All programs
38447 40391 Windows When the taskbar was not in its default position at the bottom, SoftMaker Office did not always restore its window position after a restart.
40507 Linux On some printers, printing no longer worked via PDF because they could not handle WinAnsiEncoding which was used in our PDF files.
TextMaker
40324 40238 40424 40474 40424   Improved RTF import filter
PlanMaker
40357   Cells with Chinese characters became unreadable when being edited in-place.

2019-07-05: Revision 966

TextMaker
40335   Merging table cells could causes crashes in TextMaker.
40329   Editing table cells in headers works again now.
40282 Mac Feature: Paragraphs can now be promoted and demoted with the key combinations Shift+Ctrl+Left and Shift+Ctrl+Right.
33109 40327   Improved RTF import filter

2019-07-01: Revision 965

All programs
37459 Mac, Linux Feature: SoftMaker Office now supports TrueType Collections (TTC fonts) in macOS and Linux, too.
39986 Mac Feature: The IME for Chinese, Japanese and Korean now lets you cycle through text alternatives with the Space key.
39905 Mac Feature: Improved keyboard handling: Alt+Cursor and Alt+Shift+Cursor move the caret word by word.
37331 Windows Dragon NaturallySpeaking now works with SoftMaker Office when running in ribbon mode.
39933   Icons in user-defined ribbon tabs now keep their label.
39947   When a firewall or anti-virus software blocks access to our licensing server, there is now a clear error message.
39474 39736   Resizing the program window no longer causes screen flickering in macOS 10.14.2 and higher.
TextMaker
38858   Feature: New version of Duden Korrektor with improved German spell checking and grammar checking.
39838   Feature: User fields such as name and address are now preserved in DOCX format.
39768   Improved automatic capitalization: When a paragraph ends with a comma ("Dear Sir,"), the first character in the next paragraph is no longer automatically changed to uppercase.
39918   RTF import now works better with broken RTF files from other applications.
39887   Tabs work again as separators in text files used for mail merges.
39926   The RTF import no longer converts straight quotes to curly quotes.
39989   Duplicating records in the database window works again.
39849   New rows appended to tables now inherit the formatting from the row above.
40033   The ODT import filter now imports hyphenation settings from ODT files.
40108   The RTF export function now saves paper-tray settings.
PlanMaker
39980   In some instances, sorting tables included the header row.
39974   The Kina of Papua New Guinea has been added as a currency.
39984   Cells with dates are now displayed correctly in the Pivot table field list in the sidebar.
BasicMaker
39901 Windows The string functions MID, LEFT, RIGHT and SPACE now work correctly in the 64-bit version.
40234 Windows The status bar of the BasicMaker editor now shows the correct column number in lines with tabs.

2019-04-18: Revision 962

All programs
39736 Mac Reduced screen flickering with macOS 10.14.4
39758 Windows When a service pack installation was interrupted because Windows decided to reboot to install some system updates, an incomplete SoftMaker Office installation remained which could not even be repaired by running the service pack installer again.
TextMaker
39804   In some cases, purging a database could cause a program crash.
39775   The database viewer that appears when you choose a document template with an attached database now remembers again if you last used list or form view.
39769   When you choose a document template with an attached DBF database, the character set for the database is now chosen again correctly.
39808   When you use a DBF database with DOS character set, it is now opened with code page 850 instead of 437, allowing use of accented characters of most Western European languages.
PlanMaker
39786   Changing what the AutoFilter displays now updates the online calculation in the status bar.
  Several improvements to the ODS import filter
BasicMaker
39778   A BasicMaker script can now read cell content from PlanMaker even if the cell is protected.

2019-04-10: Revision 960 (Anniversary Update)

All programs
39006   Feature: TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations are now compatible with the file formats of Word 2019, Excel 2019 and PowerPoint 2019.
38428 Windows Feature: You can now scan pages and images using WIA, not only TWAIN. This lets SoftMaker Office work with more scanners, and scanning now also works in the 64-bit version.
11356 Windows Feature: With a WIA scanner driver, you can now scan multiple pages in one step.
In TextMaker, individual pages are created.
In PlanMaker, the images are placed one over the other.
In Presentations, individual slides are created.
37997   Feature: The format brush can now be used with the keyboard: Select text, press Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the formatting, select the destination and press Ctrl+Shift+V to paste the formatting.
36480 36524 36455 38263 19265 38932   Feature: With classic menus, TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations now offer new toolbars with a more logical arrangement.
39478   Feature: The dropdown element Insert | Character has been updated to offer additional typographic characters.
38694   Feature: New command ? | Support to send customer inquiries directly from SoftMaker Office
39053 38694   Feature: You no longer need an e-mail program to send crash reports because SoftMaker Office now sends them directly.
19374   Feature: For better compatibility with Microsoft Office, you can apply negative cropping to pictures.
38852 Mac Feature: You can now drag photos from the Apple Photos application into TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations documents.
38680 38694 38840   Feature: You can now switch between ribbon tabs using the key combinations Ctrl+F12 and Ctrl+Shift+F12.
20366 Windows Feature: You can now enter any Unicode character with the key combination Alt+nnnn key. For example, press Alt+8364 to enter the Euro sign.
  Feature: Many user-interface translations have been updated, and a Polish user interface is now available for the first time.
30336 38935   Feature: French typographic rules supported: With French text, quotation marks, question marks, exclamation points, colons and semicolons are now automatically padded with non-breaking spaces.
38016 Mac Feature: You can now enter Chinese, Japanese and Korean text because SoftMaker Office now supports the Mac IME.
39081 Mac, Linux Feature: To ensure that all users on a computer can start SoftMaker Office without having to enter the product key again, the license file is now preferred to be stored in /Library/Application support/SoftMaker (macOS) and /etc/SoftMaker (Linux).
26135   Feature: In the Print dialog box, the list of printers is now sorted alphabetically.
TextMaker
  Feature: New database module with new features such as viewing CSV files
38858   Feature: Duden Korrektor has been updated to version 3.4 which offers improved grammar and spell checking for German.
15705   Feature: You can now print selected text.
36305   Feature: You can now save charts as image files.
38392   Feature: Text frames and AutoShapes are no longer inserted immediately. Instead, a mouse cursor appears that lets you size the new object before it is created. This new default behavior can be changed in File | Options.
38377   Feature: The command View | Set zoom now offers an additional zooming option, "Fit text to window".
23583   Feature: Clicking on the language name in the status bar lets you now change the language of the selected text.
38890   Feature: You can now edit fields and calculations by double-clicking on them.
38743   Feature: New option Skip numbering in numbering lists
32926   Feature: Using the triangle icon in the bottom right of the Changes and Comments groups of the ribbon tab Review, you can now quickly change settings for tracked changes and comments.
36097   Feature: Two new field functions have been added to Insert | Field: "Page count in chapter" and "Actual page count in chapter"
8817   Feature: In File | Properties | Compatibility, the compatibility flags can now be quickly set to specific word processing programs.
36540   Feature: Table styles are now fully saved in DOCX and TMDX formats.
36755 34338   Feature: Better smart quotes in German: a single apostrophe at the start of a word is turned into a single quotation mark at the bottom.
38896   Feature: French: an apostrophe inside a word is no longer converted to a › sign.
38790   Feature: To open a hyperlink, use Ctrl+click now instead of a simple click. If you let the mouse hover over a hyperlink, a tooltip gives the URL.
PlanMaker
16847 36044   Feature: PlanMaker now supports the option Precision as displayed which continues calculations with the visible precision of cells. If cell A1 contains 3.3 but is only shown with two digits (3.33), then 3*A1 will be 9.99 and not 10.
25467   Feature: New command Insert copied cells that moves existing cells or rows down or to the right to make room for the pasted content
37212 37213 38606 38651   Feature: Improved AutoFilter function: hierarchical grouping of dates, more options for the Numbers filter, new Date and Text filters
26408   Feature: Experimental import filter for OpenDocument Calc files
27598 37928   Feature: Nearly 50 calculation functions added, mainly in statistics
35000   Feature: You can now search for line breaks in the Search dialog box.
38289   For negative base numbers, the precedence of the power operator ^ over the sign operator now works like in Excel.
  Feature: Updated manuals and help files that describe pivot tables and the new calculation functions
Presentations
36305   Feature: You can now save charts as image files.
18979   Feature: You can now format text in multiple columns.
BasicMaker
37342 Windows Feature: BasicMaker scripts can now also be run with the 64-bit version of SoftMaker Office.

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