martin-k writes: Mozilla Thunderbird is used by millions of people as the e-mail client of choice. Even after Mozilla cut back their support, usage worldwide has been rising and continues to grow. German office-suite developer SoftMaker has now announced that it will pay for a full-time developer to participate in the Thunderbird project and help the Thunderbird volunteer developers fix bugs and add features. First topics include CardDav support and a rewrite of Thunderbird's addressbook. Disclosure: The submitter is head of SoftMaker.
martin-k writes: "SoftMaker runs an unusual campaign this year to promote its office suite for Windows and Linux: Download an unrestricted copy of SoftMaker FreeOffice for free, and we pay money. Not to you, but to charity projects around the world. Each download is worth 10 Euro cents of SoftMaker donations. Not a lot by itself, but if you multiply this with a large group people, it might become a sizeable amount of money that helps needy people. The Load and Help campaign is in full swing, with more than 15,000 downloads already completed."
martin-k writes: "SoftMaker Office is a Microsoft-compatible office suite that competes with OpenOffice.org. Its creator, German software publisher SoftMaker is nearing completion of the latest release, SoftMaker Office 2010 for Linux. This new release offers document tabs, high-quality filters for the Microsoft Office 2007 file formats DOCX and XLSX, and presentation-quality charts in the spreadsheet. It also brings integration into KDE and Gnome, using the system's colors and fonts. A release candidate is available as a free download."
martin-k writes: The office suite SoftMaker Office for Windows and Linux is now available as a free download... with a twist: For every successful download, the developer donates ten Euro cents to charity and development projects on the open charity platform betterplace.org. Nearly two weeks into this campaign, the site has logged more than 57,000 downloads. But hurry, the campaign ends on December 31.
martin-k writes: "Looking for alternatives to OpenOffice.org or KOffice or Gnome Office? German software vendor SoftMaker today released the public beta of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Linux, a commercial office suite that is also available for Windows and for Pocket PCs. The manufacturer pushes it for its high degree of compatibility with the Microsoft Office file formats, its speed, and its reliability. So, are you willing to venture into proprietary territory?"
martin-k writes: "Commercial office suite software is coming to FreeBSD... and Linux, Windows, Sharp Zaurus and Windows Mobile! SoftMaker, a German developer, today released SoftMaker Office, a multi-platform office suite that excels in Microsoft Office compatibility, is much leaner and faster than OpenOffice.org and works on many operating systems, down to PDAs."
martin-k writes: "Like it or not, Microsoft Office is still the dominant office suite — of course, it's available only for Windows. FreeBSD and Linux users need to look elsewhere. A promising alternative could be SoftMaker Office 2006, a new office suite that is in beta right. SoftMaker, the suite's maker promises better filters for Word and Excel, but TextMaker also offers OpenDocument (ODF) import."