Upgrades To Two Of My Favorite FREE Productivity Software Packages

When you throw software and me (Rick) into the mix, it is all about productivity and efficiency. Today I was happy to see two of my favorite FREE productivity software packages get major version upgrades (not that they needed it).

The first one is WordWeb that has been upgraded to Version 7.0.  If you do not have WordWeb on your computer you are missing out on one of the best English thesaurus and dictionaries for Windows.

WordWeb

WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Features of the free version include:

Definitions and synonyms
Related words
5000 audio pronunciations
65 000 text pronunciations

150 000 root words
120 000 synonym sets
Look up words in almost any program


The second one is Kingsoft Office Suite that has been upgraded to Kingsoft Office Suite 2013 (9.1.0.4056). I recently posted articles about Kingsoft, with the most recent being The Poor Man’s Microsoft Office. Save your money and try this out. It is very compatible with Microsoft Office.

Kingsoft Office Suite

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2013 is perhaps the most versatile free office suite, which includes free word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. These three programs help you deal with office tasks with ease:

Writer – Efficient word processor;
Presentation – Multimedia presentations creator;
Spreadsheets – Powerful tool for data processing and data analysis

Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features. In this latest version, new features such as watermark in document, and converting PowerPoint to Word documents are also supported.


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3 Responses to Upgrades To Two Of My Favorite FREE Productivity Software Packages

  1. csaz says:

    I downloaded and tried Kingsoft Office 2013. I really liked the look of it over LibreOffice, but it won’t read the files created in the ODF format, which was a dealbreaker for me. No way am I going to open every document in LibreOffice and resave it as a DOC file!!!

    Hopefully, they will address this in a future version, unless it’s already there and I just missed it.

    It looks really nice, though – the LibreOffice interface looks much more dated even though I hate the MS Office ribbon interface.

    • Ramblinrick says:

      Csaz,

      You are right; no open document format. I don’t know if that has been considered. I get a chance I will check their forums. I like the idea that Kingsoft is very compatible with MS-Office and retains the formatting, etc… to near perfection. Thanks for commenting.

      Rick

  2. Have you looked at, and if you have, your comments please on LibreOffice? Another MS Office replacement. I found it to be easy to use and very competitive with MS Office. Of course both KingSoft and LibreOffice would be super if they had an Outlook clone included with their package. Too bad they don’t consider Thunderbird or Evolution. And it is free

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