FreeOffice 2018

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How to keep FreeOffice up-to-date

We enhance FreeOffice 2018 continually by fixing bugs and adding new features. Please review the following instructions to ensure that your installation stays current.

FreeOffice for Windows

By default, FreeOffice 2018 for Windows keeps itself up-to-date by automatically downloading service packs from our servers.

If you have not installed the automatic update tool or simply want to know if your version of FreeOffice is current, you can also check for updates manually.

Start one of its applications, click on the "?" icon in the ribbon and choose the command Check for updates. If you are running FreeOffice in classic mode with menus, choose the command Help > Check for updates.

FreeOffice for Mac

You can download FreeOffice 2018 for Mac here.

FreeOffice for Linux

You can find instructions how to download, install and keep up-to-date FreeOffice 2018 for Linux here.


2019-09-05: Revision 970

All programs
40600   Feature: FreeOffice can now save in DOC, XLS and PPT formats. Previously, it could only open these file types.
40600   Feature: A "dark mode", which uses darker colors to reduce eyestrain, is now available in FreeOffice.
TextMaker
40600   Feature: FreeOffice TextMaker can now save in OpenDocument Text format. Previously, it could only open this file type.

2019-07-10: Revision 966 (Anniversary Update)

All programs
39006   Feature: TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations are now compatible with the file formats of Word 2019, Excel 2019 and PowerPoint 2019.
37997   Feature: The format brush can now be used with the keyboard: Select text, press Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the formatting, select the destination and press Ctrl+Shift+V to paste the formatting.
36480 36524 36455 38263 19265 38932   Feature: With classic menus, TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations now offer new toolbars with a more logical arrangement.
39478   Feature: The dropdown element Insert | Character has been updated to offer additional typographic characters.
19374   Feature: For better compatibility with Microsoft Office, you can apply negative cropping to pictures.
38852 Mac Feature: You can now drag photos from the Apple Photos application into TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations documents.
38680 38694 38840   Feature: You can now switch between ribbon tabs using the key combinations Ctrl+F12 and Ctrl+Shift+F12.
20366 Windows Feature: You can now enter any Unicode character with the key combination Alt+nnnn key. For example, press Alt+8364 to enter the Euro sign.
37459 Mac, Linux Feature: SoftMaker FreeOffice now supports TrueType Collections (TTC fonts) in macOS and Linux, too.
39905 Mac Feature: Improved keyboard handling: Alt+Cursor and Alt+Shift+Cursor move the caret word by word.
  Feature: Many user-interface translations have been updated, and a Polish user interface is now available for the first time.
30336 38935   Feature: French typographic rules supported: With French text, quotation marks, question marks, exclamation points, colons and semicolons are now automatically padded with non-breaking spaces.
38016 Mac Feature: You can now enter Chinese, Japanese and Korean text because SoftMaker FreeOffice now supports the Mac IME.
39081 Mac, Linux Feature: To ensure that all users on a computer can start SoftMaker FreeOffice without having to enter the product key again, the license file is now preferred to be stored in /Library/Application support/SoftMaker (macOS) and /etc/SoftMaker (Linux).
TextMaker
  Feature: New database module with new features such as viewing CSV files
15705   Feature: You can now print selected text.
38392   Feature: Text frames and AutoShapes are no longer inserted immediately. Instead, a mouse cursor appears that lets you size the new object before it is created. This new default behavior can be changed in File | Options.
38377   Feature: The command View | Set zoom now offers an additional zooming option, "Fit text to window".
23583   Feature: Clicking on the language name in the status bar lets you now change the language of the selected text.
38890   Feature: You can now edit fields and calculations by double-clicking on them.
38743   Feature: New option Skip numbering in numbering lists
36097   Feature: Two new field functions have been added to Insert | Field: "Page count in chapter" and "Actual page count in chapter"
8817   Feature: In File | Properties | Compatibility, the compatibility flags can now be quickly set to specific word processing programs.
36755 34338   Feature: Better smart quotes in German: a single apostrophe at the start of a word is turned into a single quotation mark at the bottom.
38896   Feature: French: an apostrophe inside a word is no longer converted to a › sign.
38790   Feature: To open a hyperlink, use Ctrl+click now instead of a simple click. If you let the mouse hover over a hyperlink, a tooltip gives the URL.
39838   Feature: User fields such as name and address are now preserved in DOCX format.
40282 Mac Feature: Paragraphs can now be promoted and demoted with the key combinations Shift+Ctrl+Left and Shift+Ctrl+Right.
39768   Feature: Improved automatic capitalization: When a paragraph ends with a comma ("Dear Sir,"), the first character in the next paragraph is no longer automatically changed to uppercase.
40108   Feature: The RTF export function now saves paper-tray settings.
PlanMaker
16847 36044   Feature: PlanMaker now supports the option Precision as displayed which continues calculations with the visible precision of cells. If cell A1 contains 3.3 but is only shown with two digits (3.33), then 3*A1 will be 9.99 and not 10.
25467   Feature: New command Insert copied cells that moves existing cells or rows down or to the right to make room for the pasted content
37212 37213 38606 38651   Feature: Improved AutoFilter function: hierarchical grouping of dates, more options for the Numbers filter, new Date and Text filters
26408   Feature: Import filter for OpenDocument Calc files
27598 37928   Feature: Nearly 50 calculation functions added, mainly in statistics
35000   Feature: You can now search for line breaks in the Search dialog box.
Presentations
18979   Feature: You can now format text in multiple columns.