Nuremberg (Germany); December 9, 2015

After completing its public beta test with nearly 10,000
participants, SoftMaker Office 2016 for Linux starts shipping today.
Boasting more than 400 new features, a new level of compatibility
with Microsoft Office and even better performance, it is by far the
fastest and most powerful office suite for Linux.

Available in two versions: Standard and Professional

SoftMaker Office Standard 2016 for Linux includes the word processor
TextMaker, the spreadsheet application PlanMaker, the presentation
program Presentations and various SoftMaker add-ons for Thunderbird,
Linux's preferred email client. These add-ons bring an improved user
interface to Thunderbird and enhance its functionality by adding
features for quicker filing of e-mails and easy navigation in the
folder tree. SoftMaker Office Professional 2016 comes with the same
features, but adds four high-quality dictionaries by Berlitz for easy
translation between English, Spanish, Italian, German and French.

Key highlights include:

• Impressive performance: up to five times faster than Microsoft

• Optimised software architecture, accelerated by the use of OpenGL
for screen display and multiple CPU cores for graphic rendering

• File filters for Microsoft Office formats improved in the last
details, such as rendering of SmartArt and support for the font
colour "automatic".

• Both the old file formats of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well
as the latest formats of Microsoft Office 2007 to 2016, can be
seamlessly opened and saved.

• User friendly: changes in text formatting are shown in real time
(live preview), and documents may be previewed before opening them.

• The built-in version management for documents lets the user go
back to any older versions of a document.

New features in TextMaker 2016 for Linux:

• Documents can be exported directly into the EPUB e-book format.
• Insertion of charts in 80 different 2D and 3D versions
• New label-printing function with support for more than 9000
different types of labels

New features in PlanMaker 2016 for Linux:

• PlanMaker now supports up to a million rows and 16,384 columns.
• PlanMaker 2016 lets the user edit and create pivot tables with a
functional scope similar to Microsoft Excel 2016.
• Greatly improved conditional formatting that works exactly like
Excel 2016 - including colour bars, marking of the largest and
smallest values and more

New features in Presentations 2016 for Linux:

• Editable full-screen view
• Smart guides available to facilitate the alignment of objects in
relation to others
• Complete redevelopment of the table function, which is now
significantly more intuitive

SoftMaker Office 2016 for Linux is compatible with all modern Linux
distributions, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, openSUSE, Fedora,
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and Mageia.

SoftMaker Office Standard 2016 is available for EUR/USD 69.95 and
SoftMaker Office Professional 2016 for EUR/USD 89.95. Existing
customers will be granted upgrade discounts.

Each package of SoftMaker Office 2016 comes with three licenses for
home and business use. SoftMaker offers seat licenses for companies
and organisations.

For more information:

About SoftMaker

The Germany-based software vendor was founded in 1987 and has worked
on the development and improvement of its own Office program
SoftMaker Office since then. It incorporates the word processor
TextMaker, the spreadsheet program PlanMaker and the presentation
program SoftMaker Presentations. The compact, stable office suite
which is compatible with Microsoft Office is offered for the
operating systems Windows, Linux, Android, Windows Mobile and
Windows CE. SoftMaker also offers professional font collections.