gute Nachrichten für alle Linux-Anwender: SoftMaker Office 2016 für
Linux ist fertig und wird ausgeliefert!
Das neue SoftMaker Office für Linux besitzt dieselben 400 Verbesserungen
wie SoftMaker Office 2016 für Windows – von kleinen Verbesserungen wie
dem "Dark Theme" und der Unterstützung für 4K-Monitore bis zu großen
neuen Features wie Pivottabellen, Arbeitsblättern mit einer Million
Zeilen, Diagrammen in TextMaker und Presentations, EPUB-Export zum
Erstellen von E-Books, erweiterten PDF-Exportmöglichkeiten u.v.m.
Ergänzt werden diese um linuxspezifische Verbesserungen wie die
OpenGL-beschleunigte Bildschirmdarstellung sowie – erstmals unter
Linux – den vollständig integrierten Duden Korrektor in SoftMaker
Office Professional 2016 für Linux.
Standard und Professional
Bereits mit SoftMaker Office Standard 2016 für Linux erhalten Sie die
vollständigen Programme TextMaker, PlanMaker und Presentations sowie die
SoftMaker-Add-ons für Thunderbird.
SoftMaker Office Professional 2016 für Linux ergänzt diese um
- Duden Korrektor, die beste deutsche Grammatik- und Rechtschreibprüfung
- Duden: Deutsches Universalwörterbuch, d-a-s deutsche Wörterbuch
- Duden: Großes Fremdwörterbuch, das Fremdwörter verständlich macht
- Vier Langenscheidt-Wörterbücher für Deutsch/Englisch, Deutsch/
Französisch/Deutsch, Deutsch/Italienisch und Deutsch/Spanisch
One method that works regardless of GNU/Linux distribution is to add any (additional) font you want to use on a specific user in the ~/.fonts folder (simply create it if it's not there). After restarting an application, the fonts are recognized and usable.
Beware of having too many fonts "installed" as it can slow down operation.
If you have a Windows installation (even VM), you can copy the font files from there (although for some later Windows font versions, usage of Microsoft fonts outside running Windows system is prohibited by EULA, if the EULA is valid in you country that is)
~ = the tilde means home folder so /home/nameofuser/.fonts
On many file managers, Ctrl+H toggles hide/unhide hidden files (those starting with a dot). Otherwise, check in the View menu.
> Do you send client files edited using SoftMaker only back to clients? Have you never experienced any problems?
No, I've never had any problems with clients complaining about returned files.
> Also, what about customer's own fonts? When I edit files containing customer's own fonts In MS Word, the fonts are unchanged (even if I can't view them). This is a bit of problem with SoftMaker, no?
No, the fonts are unchanged even if you can't view them in SoftMaker (i.e. the client will see them like in the original version of the file). BTW, it's similar with VBA macros (they remain unchanged even though SoftMaker can't play them).
I currently mostly work on LibreOffice 5, with Microsoft Office 2010 running from Linux through PlayOnLinux and on a Windows VM as well.
LibreOffice helps with all internal files (CVs, bookkeeping, exporting billingual document for review, tracking changes, glossary management, etc.) and most docs received (simple excel files, or non complex formatting .doc/.docx). I just open them on MS Office for a final review if need be or for an occasional CodeZapper.
The rest, I manage with MS Office. I also have WPS Office installed (but only use it occasionally) and currently testing SoftOffice, so I can't yet report on their usage yet.
Some helpful extensions for LibreOffice:
Antidote (if you have Antidote for Linux, that is!)
Languagetool (grammatical (and spellchecking) review for other language pairs than EN-FR)
If no Antidote and mainly using French as target language, I recommend Grammalecte over Languagetool
Linguist (detailed word count, unrecognized words by spellchecker, list words by frequency, complete word list)
MultiFormatSave (save as odt, docx, pdf, etc. all at once or selectively)
Alternative Find & Replace for Writer
Copy only visible cells (for Calc)
Export As Images (for Impress or Draw)
ExportToGlossary (to quickly export XLSX or CSV glossary as TXT, intended for OmegaT but compatible with Cafetran from what I know)
I can't find an option in SoftOffice to disable "font replacement" feature, only to disable already installed/recognized fonts. LibreOffice offers a configurable font replacement feature, but does not change a font if you don't set it up for it. An Office program should definitely leave the fonts as they are unless you specifically ask it to replace them! This is a not go for sure.
If they are non critical, you might try to extract embedded fonts from a PDF. There are some online services for that, or applications such as FontForge can help you do it. I never ventured to do it so far, so can't report on that either. If it's critical for DTP etc., would have to see with the file provider...
I use LibreOffice 7.4 and the client has no complaint about DOCX files created with Writer. Even with rotated text in tables.
I'll give you that it beats LibreOffice (which is a dog) for ease of use. But it's not a replacement for MS Office when dealing with customer files, which is what it claims to be.
Have you tried installing the MS fonts on your Linux system? Perhaps that'll do the trick (just a guess).
Yeah, I read very good reviews. One of my reasons to migrate from Windows to OS X and not to Linux, was the availability of Office for Mac. If I would have to make the decision now, I could consider Linux with Softmaker.
BTW: Perhaps it's a good idea to investigate whether Softmaker can be set as preview app (Translation > Action > Preview document) as an alternative to Office.