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Softmaker Office 2008 for Free
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aragon

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec 2009, 10:48    Post subject:  Softmaker Office 2008 for Free
Subject description: Linux and ***-Version
 

You can get a free copy of softmaker office 2008 for linux at:

http://www.loadandhelp.de/home-en.html

You'll need to register with a valid email-adress to get a personal licence key.

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Dec 2009, 21:58    Post subject:  



Thanks aragon Smile

I recommend these guys software (yes they are proprietary but do release as Freeware on occasion) we have actually had 'Textmaker' in Puppy

Update
Look out further along this thread for details of MU's SFS and pets . . .
much easier than a

Manual install

Download the tgz archive with install script for Linux
and get your serial number sent to an email account

Click on the Softmaker-office-2008.tgz to unzip
run installsmoffice ( should be in / ) from the terminal like so
Code:
./installsmoffice


Noobs: notice that is dot forward slash

You will have commands in /root like 'textmaker'
Run by clicking on them

When you first run you will be prompted for a serial number

Have fun
Happy Christmas
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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 02:50    Post subject:  

NOT A VERY HAPPY BUNNY !!! Mad

Great, I thought, and downloaded and installed SMOffice.

And that was when it all went pear-shaped......

No icons on the desktop, in ROX, no icons in the menus, clicking a jpg did nothing.
Pictures display if I load them into, say, MTPaint. And the toolbar icons are there in the programs. Just nothing but default (dummy) icons on the desktop. It seems to be a ROX problem.
I was using Xfce, so I switched to IceWM, but still the same.

Strange thing, looking at the properties of a jpg in Rox tells me it is a type 'application/octet-stream'.......? Perhaps a filetype/MIME problem ? If so, how can I fix it?

Screenshot attached.

I am using Puppy 431, installed on top of 421, and normally use Xfce. It was all working brilliantly......until SMOffice.... Evil or Very Mad

Please can anybody help me to get back to normal display, otherwise it will have to be a wipe and re-install jobby.

I would be grateful for any help.......

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 03:10    Post subject:  

Try the pets or SFS here
http://puppyisos.org/files/sfs/SoftMakerOffice2008/

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 03:15    Post subject:  

Hi Lobster,

I might do that, once I manage to get my system back to normal.. Surprised

Thanks for the links....It does look like a nice office suite. Just unfortunate that it fubar'ed my desktop.....


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hogar

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 06:05    Post subject:  

Thank you for this Smile

Installed easy with installation script. I choose to install for all users (not just root) and I have all programs in menu (after restarting jwm).

Program is working fast on my pentioum III PC.

Using Puppy 4.31 full hd install.
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MU


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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 12:44    Post subject:  

I have no idea, why the installer messed up UncleBaldies desktop.
Maybe the pup_save file was full?
That office is somewhat huge, around 124 MB after installation.

For this reason I created two SFS files of it, one for Puppy 4.3.1 or newer, and one for olders like Puppy 4.1.1 or Newyearspup.

I also added a PET, but did not try that yet. It is basically just intended for people with a full installation of Puppy, with hundrets of MB free diskspace.

The files were created in newyearspup, I ran the installer, and then copied the installed files to a new folder, from which I created the packages. The SFS for Puppy 431 then was made in Puppy 431 using that folder.

In Puppy 4.3.1, the Office is available in the menu after adding the SFS to the bootmanager and rebooting.

In Newyearspup you also will have files on the desktop, but not in Puppy, as Puppy does not support the freedesktop.org specs.

You can work around this, by dragging the 3 files from the folder /root/Desktop/ onto your Desktop with Rox-Filer. They also will have icon-pictures then, different to the screenshot from Lobster (he dragged the executables, not the desktop-files).

As this already was requested in Barrys blog:
yes, also with my packages, you need to register the software online.
See the readme.htm.

My packages just have the purpose to provide an easy "installation" without needing space within your savefile.

Screenshots / downloads / readme:
http://puppyisos.org/files/sfs/SoftMakerOffice2008/

user: puppy
password: linux

Discussion in Barrys blog:
http://bkhome.org/blog/?viewDetailed=01274

Hint:
if you encounter some screenflicker using the office, disable shm and xrender in the second tab in the preferences.
You also can activate a more windows like look there, if you prefer that.

Mark

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 14:28    Post subject:  

Oops....

@MU
Maybe there was an underlying problem with the original Puppy installation, quite possible I guess.
The problem did seem to be with the MIME types somehow, but could I get it sorted ?
In the end, I did a clean install of Puppy 431, downloaded the SFS file for SMOffice, and all seems well now. I would have preferred to sort out the problem, but it was just taking way too much time.

So if I was a little unfair on SMOffice, I offer my apologies... Embarassed

As a side issue, the fonts in SMOffice (and Scribus) seem not quite as smooth as other programs. Not the fault of SMOffice or Scribus, but I seem to remember that it was a GTK issue.
There was a little PET which was available, that when installed 'magically' improved the appearance of the fonts. I have had a lengthy trawl through the forum, but cannot seem to locate it. Sorry, I don't remember the name.
Maybe someone can remember ?

Phil

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Dec 2009, 19:35    Post subject:  

UncleBaldie wrote:
As a side issue, the fonts in SMOffice (and Scribus) seem not quite as smooth as other programs. Not the fault of SMOffice or Scribus,


Yes, you're right. Feels like we're back in win98, doesn't it? ( ..if you're bald enough to remember that.. Smile ) It's a shame really for such an otherwise powerful and fast suite. Does anyone know if better fonts are possible?

Two more side notes:
1. I installed both the Linux and Windows version (under Wine). The Win version refuses to start up Textmaker, the other components work.

2. I was excited to discover that, for once, the Linux version was smaller (in MB's) than the Windows one! But then I found BasicMaker is missing from the Linux Softmaker 2008- suite. Not that many people will miss it...

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Dec 2009, 07:53    Post subject:  

Hi Bert,

I had the same trouble trying to run the MS Windows version of TextMaker under wine. Then I set wine config to treat it as a Windows 98 application (instead of the default Windows XP setting) and it started up fine. This was in Puppy 4.00 with wine 1.0.

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PostPosted: Mon 21 Dec 2009, 08:21    Post subject:  

UncleBaldie wrote:

There was a little PET which was available, that when installed 'magically' improved the appearance of the fonts. I have had a lengthy trawl through the forum, but cannot seem to locate it


Are you sure you aren't thinking her of the reg fix for use with wine - from vovchik:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=278756#278756

But remember that is only for apps that use wine...

You can also install the MS core or some other true type fonts

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=313157&search_id=942153691#313157

and
turn on subaliasing as per here:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=369340&search_id=942153691#369340

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