SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 vs SoftMaker Office Standard and Professional 2024

Aug 11, 2023 | Office Suite

SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 vs SoftMaker Office 2024

FreeOffice is a popular freeware version of a commercial SoftMaker Office 2021. Often, when we ask people to purchase SoftMaker Office 2024, they balk: “Why should I pay for SoftMaker Office 2024, when I can use FreeOffice for free?” they ask. Actually there are a lot of reasons why SoftMaker Office Standard or Professional 2024 is worth paying for. The key differences are listed below.

SoftMaker Office 2024 includes all functionality of FreeOffice 2021, all new 2024 features, supports Windows,  Mac and Linux, and more. Additional differences are:

SoftMaker Office Standard 2024

SoftMaker Office Standard 2024 is packed with numerous extra features. Here are just a few:

  • Spell checking using high-quality commercial dictionaries and automatic download.
  • Synonym dictionaries (thesaurus function).
  • FreeOffice reads the old Microsoft formats DOC, XLS, and PPT seamlessly. SoftMaker Office 2024 can also save in these formats.
  • Documents are displayed in tabs that you can dock, undock and rearrange.
  • The ribbon can be customized by users.
  • True 64-bit architecture on Windows allowing larger files and use more than 4G of RAM.
  • PDF/A export for archive.
  • Built-in file manager and full screen mode.
  • Version management that lets you revert to previous file versions.
  • Advanced backup and send files by e-mail.
  • Photo frames and AutoShape templates.
  • Advanced curve editing.
  • SmartText and Smart guides.
  • Live preview of formatting changes.
  • Scanning of images.
  • Mail merge with dBASE, CSV, XLSX, PMDX and SQLite files.
  • Print envelopes and labels from the database.
  • Automatic fold marks for letters.
  • Built-in style manager.
  • Change the page background.
  • Table styles, sort text and tables, convert tables to text, convert text to tables.
  • Insert whole documents and pictures in WEBP format.
  • Add QR codes and barcodes (EAN-13, EAN-8, Code128) into your documents.
  • Cross references.
  • Picture captions.
  • Bibliographies, tables of figures.
  • Interactive form objects.
  • Charts and Outliner.
  • Two customizable sidebars and navigator in the sidebar.
  • Search function and page thumbnails in the sidebar.
  • Input validation in PlanMaker.
  • Create and modify cell styles, transpose data, distribute text to cells.
  • Formula auditing (“detective”).
  • Watch window for tracking changes made to the content of cells.
  • Remove empty rows, remove duplicate rows and data consolidation.
  • Scenarios and interactive form objects.
  • Tables in worksheets and page break preview.
  • Multiple real-time calculations in the status bar.
  • Embed fonts in presentations.
  • Export slide shows as video files on Windows and Mac.
  • Export slide shows to HTM.
  • Export portable slide shows in order to play them on any Windows PC.
  • Create photo albums.
  • Insert summary slides charts.
  • Presenter view.
  • Free technical support from SoftMaker.

SoftMaker Office Professional 2024

SoftMaker Office Professional 2024 expands upon the features of the Standard edition by adding:

  • Professional e-books export in EPUB format in TextMaker.
  • Research in hundreds of professional dictionaries worldwide.
  • Integration with Zotero for scientific documents.
  • German spell and grammar checking with Duden Korrektor.
  • Administration with more than 240 group-policy objects.
  • See comparison between Standard and Professional version here.

Other applications (part of Standard and Professional editions)

  • BasicMaker 2024 (macro maker, Windows only).

BinaryNow is official SoftMaker distributor in North America. If you would like enhance the functionality of FreeOffice with above features and move up to SoftMaker Office Standard 2024 or SoftMaker Office Professional 2024 just click on Buy Now button on the top right. Your license key and download will be provided to you instantly. If you are interested in corporate license or have a need for more than 50 licenses, contact us for a custom quote.


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