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New Public Beta Opens for SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PCs
      #29935 - 04/03/08 09:15 PM

A new public beta version of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PCs is now available as a free download. If you do not already have the previous beta, please visit to register and
download the fresh beta. If you have the previous beta, simply download the new installer file from without registering again for the beta.

Here is more info on the new beta:

"SoftMaker Office 2008 comes with the following applications:
Word processor: TextMaker 2008
Spreadsheet: PlanMaker 2008
Presentation graphics: SoftMaker Presentations 2008

SoftMaker Office lets you do on a Pocket PC what you can do with Microsoft Office on your Windows PC. Imagine having a full-fledged office suite in your pocket!

Furthermore, SoftMaker Office 2008 is not only available for Pocket PCs, but also for Windows and soon for Linux and Windows CE. You can exchange your documents, without conversion, between all these platforms.

NEW: SoftMaker Presentations 2008: now on your Pocket PC!

SoftMaker Presentations 2008 lets you edit PowerPoint files on the Pocket PC without file conversion and without loss of quality.

All elements of PowerPoint files are preserved, among others:
all types of formatting
all slide transitions and animations
all slide designs and color schemes
all graphics, drawings, and backgrounds
all notes and comments

... simply everything that could be in a PowerPoint file!

But highest compatibility is not the only advantage of SoftMaker Presentations: It offers the complete feature set of a desktop presentations program. You can create, edit, and manage slides, insert and edit all types of drawings, graphics, and tables ... even apply all animations and transitions that you know from PowerPoint, etc. etc

Numerous ready-made design templates make it easy for you to effortlessly create elegant presentations. If you you don't like a chosen design, simply switch to another template or create your own one ? with slide masters, placeholders, color schemes, and all the other features that you know from professional presentation programs.

NEW: TextMaker 2008: Word processing on highest level.

Since TextMaker made its debut on the Pocket PC in 2003, it has earned itself an excellent reputation: There is no alternative to TextMaker if you need professional word processing on the Pocket PC, and there is no other mobile word processor that opens and writes Word documents as accurately as TextMaker.

The 2008 version improves on its predecessor TextMaker 2006 yet again. It adds many important new features:

NEW: Create PDF files directly with TextMaker ? optionally with font embedding and even as fillable forms
NEW: Print directly from TextMaker ? on a wide range of printers by using "Jetcet Print" or, without any additional software, directly to Bluetooth-capable PostScript printers
NEW: Reading and writing of Microsoft Word files has been improved yet again.
NEW: You can now save documents in the OpenDocument format, making it easy to exchange files with
NEW: Apply borders or shadings to whole pages, change the vertical alignment of whole pages
NEW: Copy stylesheets between documents using the new built-in stylesheet manager.
NEW: Objects and graphics can now be anchored to tables. This does not only improve import of Word files but also offers additional layout options.
NEW: Toolbar with built-in word counter
NEW: Menus and dialogs are now also available in Dutch, Italian, and Bulgarian

... and many more improvements!

NEW: PlanMaker 2008: Calculate and present data like in Windows.

PlanMaker is the only spreadsheet for the Pocket PC that offers the userfriendliness and capabilities of professional desktop spreadsheet packages like Microsoft Excel. A huge number of calculation functions, Excel-compatible charting, AutoShapes, drawings etc. ? no other spreadsheet does that on the Pocket PC!

Probably the most valuable feature: PlanMaker reads and writes all Excel files seamlessly. If you need to reliably read and write Excel files on the Pocket PC, you can always count on PlanMaker.

PlanMaker 2008 builds upon its predecessor PlanMaker 2006 and offers important new functions:

NEW: Create PDF files directly with PlanMaker
NEW: Print directly from PlanMaker ? on a wide range of printers by using "Jetcet Print" or, without any additional software, directly to Bluetooth-capable PostScript printers
NEW: New automatic functions such as AutoSum and AutoProduct help you fill out worksheets more quickly.
NEW: QuickInfos give useful hints about formulas right when you create or edit them.
NEW: PlanMaker 2008 now comes with more than 330 calculation functions.
NEW: Menus and dialogs are now also available in Dutch, Italian, and Bulgarian

... and many more improvements!

System requirements

Any Pocket PC with StrongARM or Xscale CPU
Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, Pocket PC 2003, Pocket PC 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5, or Windows Mobile 6

Installation on a memory card is recommended"


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