Though not quite as robust, this productivity suite makes a decent alternative to the ubiquitous Microsoft office. Most average users won't have a problem operating both TextMaker and PlanMaker, which look very similar to Word and Excel respectively. Both of these utilities have all the features you might expect, though it may take a bit of patience to get used to the different arrangement of them. Also, when we tried to launch DataMaker and Basic Script from the toolbar in the word-processing program, we got error messages, which is a bit discomforting. And if you're looking for an office suite with a built in e-mail client or PowerPoint functionality, you won't find it here. Still, if you seek a cheaper alternative to Microsoft Office and only work with Excel and Word, there's no reason not to give Ashampoo Office 2005 a chance.
What's new in version 2021.11.15
Compatible with MS Office, including Office 365 and Office 2019
No subscription, no expiration date!
The perfect alternative to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Includes everything that makes up a good office suite
Support for classic view and modern view with ribbons
ReleaseJanuary 18, 2021
Date AddedJanuary 18, 2021
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Ashampoo Office 8 is compatible with MS Office, including Office 365, and Office 2019, and includes text processor, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Full compatibility and great performance make it a genuine alternative to Microsoft Office. Users have a choice between a modern ribbon or a traditional toolbar and menu-based user interface. Write has you create text documents of any size in just minutes–at home or in the office, from simple greeting cards to entire theses. Our spreadsheet solution Calculate creates tables and charts of any complexity. And for engaging presentations with high-quality animations and transitions, there's Present. Version 8 features PDF/A compliant long-term digital preservation, new document and design templates, and self-contained slideshows that play on any PC. AutoShape objects are now freely designable and combinable. Hyphenation has been greatly improved and document navigation is easier than ever before, thanks to miniature page previews. Foot and endnotes are now Office-compatible and the new page break preview greatly helps with print preparation. Calculate comes with multiple new calculations that work seamlessly with Excel for post-processing. Even element grouping is now supported in pivot tables. Present's transition effects have been optimized for compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and the new Ribbon tab offers significantly better management of movie and audio objects.