Final beta of TextMaker for Linux released

The final beta version of TextMaker for Linux, a new word processing program from German software producer SoftMaker, is now available as a free download from the company’s Web site.

The final beta version incorporates several features that differentiate it from the TextMaker beta 2 version released last month, according to the company. They include fixes for all known bugs, improved font and printer handling capabilities and the ability to generate PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files “on the fly”, officials said.

The tool was designed to provide flawless file conversion for the Linux operating system with Microsoft Word, officials said. As well as reading and writing in numerous formats, such as Word for Windows (in versions 6.0, 95, 97, 2000 and XP), RTF (Rich Text Format) and HTML, the software requires no conversion and ensures no loss of formatting between documents, the company claims.

Officials said the tool is first component to be released from SoftMaker’s upcoming Office anywhere software package which will also include a Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet, database package, and a PIM/groupware combo, and will be available in versions for Windows, Windows CE and Linux operating systems. A beta version of the SoftMaker Office suite is expected to be released by July, while a full version of the software will be available at the end of the year.

The final beta of the tool will be available for download from the company's Web site until May 31 2003 ( The commercial TextMaker for Linux product, which is expected to be released on June 1, will retail for $US49.95.

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