Niemiecka firma SoftMaker Software GmbH poinformowała nas, że udostępniła publicznie wersję beta swojego edytora tekstu, TextMakera dla Linuksa.

Według producenta, jest to w pełni kompatybilny z MS Wordem program, który ma przewagę nad konkurentami – jest szybszy, ma sporo funkcji i jest prosty w obsłudze.

Z szybkością pracy – zgadzam się w pełni z informacjami. Na moim Pentium 266, TextMaker działa nieporównywalnie szybciej niż OpenOffice. Gorzej z normalnym używaniem. Po kilkunastu minutach pracy nie udało mi się zmusić go do odtwarzania polskich znaków. Nie ma polskiego słownika ortograficznego, o polskim menu nie wspominając. Jednak po dodaniu polskiej lokalizacji, TextMaker ma szanse zaistnieć i na naszym rynku.

Z ciekawostek warto podkreślić, że istnieje możliwość wyboru „layoutu” – dostępne są m.in. windziany (3.x, 95, XP), OS/2 i linuksowy.

Pełna wersja pakietu, która pojawi się prawdopodobnie już w maju, ma kosztować blisko 50 dolarów. Czy jest tego warta – każdy z nas może to ocenić, wersja beta jest dostępna dla wszystkich (wymagana rejestracja).

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Press Release for:  7thGuard.net    ---------------------------------------------------------------------  TextMaker for Linux  Beta 2 of Fast, Sleek Word Processor for Linux Now Available  ---------------------------------------------------------------------    CATEGORIES: Software for Linux, word processing, office suites,  cross-platform software, Microsoft Word      --------------------------------------------------------------------    Nuernberg, Germany -- March 24, 2003 -- What does Linux need to  succeed on the desktop? A fully Microsoft-compatible office suite,  most people would say. TextMaker for Linux, the word processor from   German software vendor SoftMaker, might very well be the first   building block towards this goal.    The current state of word processing in Linux is sad: One program   is too bulky and slow, another application launches quickly but has   an anemic feature set. And some old Unix word processors might  be feature-rich, but have a user interface that the Microsoft Word   crowd would regard as "hostile".    How about a smarter solution? A word processor that launches   lightning-fast, needs little memory, does not require complicated   setup and still has the full feature set of a modern high-end word   processor? A word processor that reads and writes Microsoft Word   6/95/97/2000/XP files without losing formatting or content? Look  no further: TextMaker for Linux is here!    TextMaker for Linux provides on-the-fly spell-checking; picture   import in 14 different file formats; tables; positioning frames   for text and pictures; footnotes and endnotes; character styles and   paragraph styles; an integrated address book and mail-merging:   TextMaker has all this and much more. TextMaker lets you create,   and design, impressive documents with minimal effort.    Beta 2 of TextMaker for Linux is now available as a free download   from SoftMaker's web site at http://www.softmaker.com    This new beta has improved font handling, bug fixes and   performance enhancements, and also adds support for international   (for example Greek, Cyrillic, Central European) characters.    The retail price of the final package will bei US$49.95.    TextMaker is the first component of SoftMaker Office   anywhere, an office suite for Windows, Windows CE, and   Linux which also features a Microsoft Excel-compatible   spreadsheet, a database package, and a PIM/groupware combo.   SoftMaker Office anywhere will be available in "regular"   desktop and mobile editions as well as a client/server   edition running over the LAN or Internet.        For additional information visit: www.softmaker.com  or contact: info@softmaker.de  Phone +49-911-936 386 0  Fax +49-911-30 37 96                                     ###      --------------------------------------------------------------------  CUSTOMER CONTACT INFORMATION  --------------------------------------------------------------------    SoftMaker Software GmbH  Kronacher Straße 7  90427 Nuernberg  Germany    phone +49-911-936 386 0  fax +49-911-30 37 96    www.softmaker.de  www.softmaker.com  info@softmaker.de      --------------------------------------------------------------------  PRESS CONTACT  --------------------------------------------------------------------    Martin Kotulla  martin-k@softmaker.de      --------------------------------------------------------------------  TIMELINE  --------------------------------------------------------------------    TextMaker for Linux:   Public beta 2 available immediately  Estimated release date: May 2003      --------------------------------------------------------------------  PRICING  --------------------------------------------------------------------    Suggested retail price: US$49.95      --------------------------------------------------------------------  IMAGES  --------------------------------------------------------------------    FULL SCREEN  http://www.softmaker.de/anywhere/pics/tml_en.gif    REDUCED SIZE  http://www.softmaker.de/images/tml400_en.gif      Permission herewith granted to reproduce these pictures and to   directly link to them from your web site.  

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