And now for something completely different…
Lots of folks want an alternative to Microsoft Office, and it seems that LibreOffice isn’t the answer for many. I may have a solution.
On our discussion list for Mac-using attorneys (MILO) we’ve been discussing FreeOffice/SoftMaker Office:
FreeOffice (free) (from SoftMaker)
SoftMakerOffice ($70/$40 or by subscription)
A comparison chart of the features and costs of each of the three versions:
SoftMaker offers three versions of their Office product, one of which is entirely free and surprisingly competent. The product’s compatibility with the Microsoft Office file format took me by surprise. It was perfect in my tests.
FreeOffice/SoftMakerOffice is very similar to MS Office, so if you are coming from MS Office, you will be comfortable almost right away. (I don’t think you will find it to be such with Pages/Numbers.)
This is a disarmingly good alternative to MS Office, and the free version might be all that you need. At the price, it’s worth checking out the free version. Even if you decide you need to step up to one of the paid versions, they are a fraction of the price of MS Office.
If you try any version, please let us know what you think.
Randy B. Singer • Attorney at Law
Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)
Mac OS X Routine Maintenance • http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html