SoftMaker has made available the beta version of its SoftMaker Office HD, a productivity suite for Android tablets designed to offer the full range of features users would expect in a desktop suite, plus compatibility with Microsoft's Office applications.
First disclosed earlier this year, SoftMaker Office HD is intended to offer Android users an application suite optimised for the larger screen space available on tablet devices.
The suite comprises three applications - TextMaker HD, PlanMaker HD and Presentations HD - providing word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities, respectively.
SoftMaker claims that these provide the full range of features and capabilities that users would expect from desktop equivalents, such as in Microsoft's Office suite for Windows, unlike most other mobile productivity suites that are available for mobile devices.
This includes support for mail merge and tracking changes in TextMaker HD, pivot tables and charts in PlanMaker HD, and the ability to create as well as display presentations in Presentations HD.
In addition, SoftMaker claims a high level of compatibility with Microsoft Office document formats, including the older DOC, XLS, and PPT formats as well as the DOCX, XLSX and PPTX formats used in Office 2007 onwards.
The suite sports a user interface optimised for touchscreen operation on Android tablets, but supports a mouse and external keyboard. It requires an Android tablet with an ARM-compatible processor and Android version 4.0 or higher, while a 7in screen or larger is recommended.
Users can download and test the SoftMaker Office HD beta for free from SoftMaker's website, but registration is required.
The beta is set to expire by 11 November, by which time the release version will be available or it will be superseded by another beta, the firm said.
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