SoftMaker has finally released its SoftMaker Office Mobile for Android application, offering a suite of productivity tools designed for smartphone and tablet users.
Available to purchase now, SoftMaker Office Mobile for Android comprises TextMaker, PlanMaker and SoftMaker Presentations, a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tool, respectively.
While there are plenty of productivity suites already available for mobile users, SoftMaker is trading on its compatibility with Microsoft Office document formats and full set of features to attract users who may need to collaborate with colleagues running Microsoft Office on the desktop.
"Working with office documents on a mobile device has always been a frustrating experience. Most mobile office products are simply document viewers or lose so much formatting and functionality that it's really not worth the effort," said SoftMaker president Martin Kotulla.
"With SoftMaker Office Mobile we wanted to deliver true desktop office software functionality to the mobile device."
To this end, SoftMaker's Android apps can read and write both the newer XML file formats (DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX) introduced with Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, as well as the older formats (DOC, XLS, and PPT) used up until Office 2003.
The apps also support features such as tracking of document changes, annotations, spreadsheet charts, and slide transitions and animations in presentations, SoftMaker said.
New features announced for the shipping release of the suite include the ability to save files directly to the Dropbox and Evernote cloud services for document sharing and collaboration.
SoftMaker Office Mobile for Android is compatible with devices running Android 2.2 or later, and is priced at €27.99 from SoftMaker's website. The suite will also be available soon via the Google Play store.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.