If you are a former Windows Mobile user, no question you will most likely know SoftMaker and its SoftMaker Office. Late last year, SoftMaker announced to bring its famous office suite to Android phones, tablets and Netbooks and finally the public Beta is available as a free - but time-bombed - download. TextMaker, PlanMaker, and SoftMaker Presentations for Android were designed to offer the same high degree of compatibility with the Microsoft Office file formats as their desktop counterparts under Windows, Linux, Windows Mobile and Windows CE. And therefore SoftMaker's target was again a fully compatible office suite, which will be available for Android soon.
One that supports change tracking, is able to correctly display all AutoShapes and images, that can display comments like Microsoft Word does and one that faithfully renders all Microsoft Excel charts. With its latest release, which is now available as the first public Beta download, SoftMaker added some further small improvements, such as the ability to use Ctrl-C, Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+V for clipboard operations on Android devices with hardware keyboards. Furthermore, SoftMaker also added major things, such as a multi-language spell-checker that puts red lines under mistyped words. Furthermore is SoftMaker Office Mobile 2012 for Android integrating Dropbox access which allows to access files stored on Dropbox directly from the application and SoftMaker is even working on integrating Evernote.
All three SoftMaker Office Mobile 2012 for Android components are said to read and write the classic and the current Microsoft document formats of Microsoft Office 97 up to 2010 seamlessly which includes TextMaker's support to read and write DOC and DOCX files; PlanMaker's support to read and write XLS and XLSX files as well as SoftMaker Presentations's support to read and write PPT, PPS, PPTX, and PPSX files.
The free TextMaker Office for Android Beta is now available from TextMaker. However, the Beta is said to expire end of April. A price for the commercial version wasn't given so far.
Cheers ~ Arne