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20 Best Office Software Solutions in 2020

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What is the best office software?
The best office software is G Suite. This product by Google encompasses all Google apps such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. It also includes communication tools like Gmail and Hangouts and the collaboration platform Drive. The suite also features Sites, App Maker, Keep, and Google Cloud Search. On top of it all, it has robust management tools for administrators.

Office software suites, whose core typically includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation, and a database program, have contributed tremendously to make the global economy as capable as it is despite operating at such a massive scale. While there have always been many companies associated with office software suites like IBM, Lotus, WordPerfect, and Corel, Microsoft and its Microsoft Office have disproportionately come to lord over the desktop space above all the others.

However, there are office solutions that may not be as well-known but remain great choices. To help you out, we have gathered our team of experts to help you scope out the 20 best software solutions in the market, based on some proven use case factors: the size of your business, the most basic and advanced office tools available on the market, the suites with the most varied features, and the like.

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Legacy office systems are out of the reach of companies and users with small budgets. That is why other players have come to the fore to level the playing field. They have also brought about innovations due to the rise of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Not only have they revolutionized office suites with features like cross-platform and integrations, but they also made their products more accessible. Not surprisingly, offerings from giants like Google and Microsoft are still office suite niche kings.

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Previous iterations of Microsoft are also popular among users. This is understandable as Microsoft’s tools are familiar to users and have been refined for user-friendliness and functionality through the years. Feedback from Gen Z and other generations would have had an impact on the improvement of the applications as well.  Still, there are other office software solutions that have caught the eyes of organizations and individual users alike.

1. G Suite

G Suite dashboard

What started as Gmail beta in 2004, Google Apps in 2008, and G Suite in 2016 is today the leading productivity suite in the world, incorporating cloud computing and extensive collaboration tools. It provides applications in basic or enterprise configuration, including Gmail, Hangouts, and Calendar for communication, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, App Maker, and Keep for collaboration, Drive for storage, and various administrative control tools.

Massively powerful datacenters behind all these applications allow instant saving and synchronization of data and information anywhere in the world. G Suite users enjoy ad-free applications, and their account data and information are exempted from advertisement purposes. Early in 2019, Google revealed that it has over five million paying businesses on board G Suite.

Detailed G Suite Review

Why choose G Suite?

  1. It’s mighty ubiquitous Google. Find everywhere, use everywhere: Google has taken all the right steps to keep its brand as something to be fully reckoned within the digital world. It is simply the undisputed king in terms of user and audience reach, ease of use, availability and software firepower, earning plaudits left and right for the way their software delivers supposed functions either in standalone setup or in tandem with other Google apps or third-party applications.
  2. Truly comprehensive suite of office solutions. With other application packages, the first thing to come to your mind is whether they would be able to cover your most essential software needs, either in such things as word processing, email, or storage. With G Suite, the question goes the other way: is there anything at all that the suite cannot handle?
  3. Third-party integration, scalability, future-proof roadmap. Google does not stop at creating a superbly comprehensive suite of office solutions; it also makes sure it could hook with all third-party applications out there—or make those third-party apps unable to afford not to feature integration with G Suite. Whatever the case, it is all for the benefit of the user to be able to cherry-pick add-ons as they move along projects. And with a company that surely knows the cost of not looking forward, you know you will always get the best new features in every upcoming upgrade—though, of course, nobody is safe from bugs: not even Google.

2. Microsoft Office 365 Mobile Apps

Microsoft Office 365 Mobile Apps dashboard

Microsoft Office 365 Mobile Apps are the free mobile versions of core Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, later additions Sway, Skype, and SharePoint Newsfeed. Business owners with more advanced requirements have to opt for Office 365 instead.

Earlier incarnations of Microsoft Office mobile apps were called Pocket Office for handheld PCs in the late 90s and Office Hub for Windows Phone that Microsoft eventually discontinued.

Detailed Microsoft Office 365 Mobile Apps Review

Why choose Microsoft Office Mobile Apps?

  1. Seamless integration with other Microsoft Office versions. As a user of Microsoft Office mobile apps, you can easily port your working files on the Microsoft Office desktop version and Office 365, the two other versions of Microsoft Office. The sheer size of such an ecosystem means that you can run your tasks, applications, and projects virtually anywhere in the world with nothing but any capable mobile device and internet connection.
  2. Time-tested features. Coming from a champion veteran in the office productivity platform, Microsoft Office mobile apps bring to the mobile world feature sets that it knows firsthand is what people need and use every day, sparing them the need to migrate to paid packages instead. These features may not be as full-powered as the desktop versions, but you would hardly miss them for everyday tasks.
  3. Familiar UI. If you have been a long-time Microsoft Office user and suddenly find yourself having to use a new application for the same functions, it sometimes means having to spend the first minutes trying to figure out how to get the same function from the new menu setup. There are no perfect matches, and this mostly gets in the way of your attempt to be quickly productive in the application environment.

3. Microsoft Office Professional 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 Professional dashboard

The gold standard, the most powerful office suite in the world bar none, and used by over a billion people worldwide. Microsoft Office Professional 2016, incorporates the smoothest collaboration features anywhere, using an extremely user-friendly minimalist interface design. If you ever think of a feature set that an office productivity program should have, chances are that Microsoft Office probably has it. Sure you will rarely need all these features, but you’d be happy to find that when you need them, they’re there waiting for you to use.

Through the years, Microsoft Office has dropped individual programs from its suite, but these three remain at the core: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Despite that, Microsoft has paved the way for the extension of capabilities by introducing plug-ins, such as the various editions of Grammarly.

Detailed Microsoft Office Professional 2016 Review

Why choose Microsoft Office?

  1. Old power, new tricks. Microsoft has all your advanced productivity needs covered, from a technically advanced word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and email program with equally advanced new ways of sharing data or information and collaborating through multiple tasks and projects.
  2. Redesigned ribbon and overall interface. For many users, the Microsoft Office ribbon is where it all starts. A new feature that is reminiscent of the old Research pane, Smart Lookup, opens up Explore presenting Wikipedia and other web-search information on any selected text, and Define revealing definitions from Oxford dictionaries. This researcher-friendly feature is accompanied by the new vivid-color scheme that easily distinguishes the 2016 version from previous ones.
  3. We edit. A straightforward Share button at the far right does not need an elaborate explanation of what it stands for: inviting collaborators to edit the same document at the same time, the file to be stored on any Microsoft cloud server.

4. Google Docs

Google Docs dashboard

Google Docs is Google’s online implementation of a word processing program, enabling individual, institutional, or corporate users to create or edit existing documents wholly in the cloud. For straightforward document needs, Google Docs easily provides the features required, while allowing users to download in multiple formats.

Google Docs enables collaboration among colleagues, students, and teachers. Because the document is saved in the cloud, the creator can share the link to the file for others to edit or simply view. This is advantageous for teams with geographically distributed members, putting the solution in line with future collaboration trends. With Google Docs, users also do not have to worry about hitting the save button every time they make changes. The application automatically saves the document at regular intervals, so even when the internet connection is lost, users can still find their additions and modifications later on.

Google Docs now has an option for saving files offline as well. This makes it more convenient, as you can download important files and view or edit them without an internet connection.

Detailed Google Docs Review

Why choose Google Docs?

  1. Smart formatting. Google Docs provides dynamic editing and styling tools, allowing users to format their documents according to the designs they have in mind. There is a reasonable number of options in terms of fonts, paragraph styles, and useful tools to add links, images, and other media within their document for a more engaging read.
  2. Built-in templates. For the times when you don’t have all the time to go for elaborate formatting, Google Docs provides an easy way out by providing a number of document templates that you can easily edit and customize.
  3. Collaborative Platform. Perhaps the feature that many users really prize, Google Docs excels in allowing teams to edit a document at the same time and leave comments and suggestions to be reviewed, accepted, or rejected. Not only that, collaborators can even chat within the document in real-time to add a different dimension to the ongoing task at hand.

5. Office 365

office 365 dashboard

Office 365 is the paid, subscription-based implementation of Microsoft Office with multiple versions for different types of users. It allows the use of desktop and mobile versions of Microsoft Office along with OneDrive file hosting service and Skype minutes on a monthly basis. Advanced social networking and sharing features are also available.

Office 365 has gained wide acceptance in the computing world–in their annual report for 2018, Microsoft revealed that over 135 million people utilized Office 365 every month.

Detailed Office 365 Review

Why choose Office 365?

  1. Lifetime license is not getting you there. If you are a long-time user of licensed computer programs, you already know how fickle the term “lifetime” can be as it is used by vendors of those programs. Many of us have been there—think Windows XP, for example. Fortunately, the Software-as-a-Service business model came along to correct long-running injustice, and the rest is history.
  2. Multiple versions for different budget levels. Make a decent assessment of your needs and pay only for the specific version that matches them well.
  3. Great value, no matter what platform. With the near-universality of Microsoft Office file formats, you know you can always access and edit your document anywhere you go. And you don’t have to physically bring them with you, either: just make sure you have access to your login credentials, and cloud servers will take care of the rest.

6. iWork

iWork dashboard

Sixth on our top 20 office software solutions is a familiar brand. Apple’s answer to Microsoft Office is no friend to a power-user. Instead, it suits the Zen temperament better. It knows it doesn’t have all the solutions, does not pretend to have them, and is quite at peace with itself and the world about it. In place of empowered ribbons and menus, iWork features a cleaner interface for a more tranquil working environment.

iWork bundles Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—Apple’s equivalents to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, respectively—with its Aperture and iPhoto image management applications. There’s mobile integration, and all applications have built-in links to Apple’s iCloud document-hosting service for efficient sharing and collaboration.

Detailed iWork Review

Why choose iWork?

  1. It’s free. If you consider that Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016 cost $100, or that a 12-month subscription to Office 365 will cost you $100 a year, the value of iWork becomes crystal-clear.
  2. Compatible with Microsoft Office. You can edit and save files in standard Microsoft Office formats, which eliminates problems collaborating with other people in your team, something that cannot be said for previous iterations of iWork.
  3. Clean interface. If you can get past the fact that iWork does not pack a heavy punch in terms of powerful features but just what average users typically need, then iWork could be an excellent match for you. An intuitive, simple interface removes any need for a drastic learning curve too.

7. LibreOffice

LibreOffice dashboard

The descendant of the great free and open-source dream, OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice packs productivity tools as Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, and Base for  Microsoft Office equivalents Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint, and Access, respectively. Another application, Math, allows for the creation and editing of mathematical formulae.

Supporting multiple operating systems, LibreOffice claims 120 million unique downloading addresses from May 2011 to May 2015.

Detailed LibreOffice Review

Why choose LibreOffice?

  1. Powerful but free. No license fee, no subscription fee, just as the long tradition of open source applications would have it. Built by some of the best names in the programming business, LibreOffice hardly disappoints those who choose free platforms.
  2. Future-proofed. Microsoft Office could leave you in a tangle each time it releases a new version using a new proprietary format. You could use LibreOffice, save files in OpenDocument Format, secure them in a time capsule, and be pretty sure you could use them decades later.
  3. It can live with Linux. If you’re a fan of Linux or if your company uses only Linux, then Microsoft Office is not an option for you. LibreOffice, on the other hand, has no such issues with Linux. In fact, it thrives on  Linux.

8. Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice dashboard

Apache OpenOffice joins LibreOffice and NeoOffice as one of the major successors to OpenOffice.org. It’s also a hybrid, having been designated as the heir to the IBM Lotus Symphony program. It bundles its own implementation of Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw (drawing), Math (formula editor), and database manager (Base).

As with LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice reads and writes a variety of file formats along with the ISO/IEC standard OpenDocument Format (ODF).

Detailed Apache OpenOffice Review

Why choose Apache OpenOffice?

  1. Choose your language. Apache OpenOffice can run in 40 languages, with further spelling, hyphenation, and thesaurus support for over 70 languages and dialects. It allows both Complex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) layout languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Urdu.
  2. Spirit of open source. Apache OpenOffice does not come with the limitations of paid or subscribed software: you can copy, distribute, or modify the application in any way you wish and not worry about watchdogs giving you a friendly call. And it’s free, of course.
  3. Granularity. If you ever saw how changing an option affects all components in other programs, you know how messy it could get. Apache OpenOffice, on the other hand, does not give you that headache: you can set options at the component or even document level.

9. WPS Office

WPS Office dashboard

While the name WPS is unfamiliar to many, it is actually an old hand in the office productivity field. Way too old having been around in 1988 at the height of the DOS era when many players long forgotten were still frolicking around. A big part of the reason is that the market for WPS Office was mostly centered on China, where it has a long story of version development, almost coinciding with that of Microsoft Office.

There’s not much mystery in the brand WPS Office, however, as it simply stands for the primary applications Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheets. The application suite has a free basic version and a fully-featured professional-grade version available through a subscription fee. WPS Office works on Microsoft Windows Linux and both iOs and Android.

Detailed WPS Office Review

Why choose WPS Office?

  1. Bargain price or free. If your office productivity needs are typically low-profile, there is no reason to purchase or subscribe to an expensive solution when a fully functional free option is available. However, that comes with ads in the case of WPS Office basic version. If you find that distasteful, $79.99 will give you the ad-free professional version that will also allow you to split or merge PDF files, place your signature in your PDFs for a lifetime and three-year service.
  2. Tabbed view. The tabbed view is a feature we usually associate with browsers. That is not the case with WPS Office: if you need to view multiple documents or have them easily at hand, there couldn’t be a better way to do it than through a tabbed documents view.
  3. Convert and open PDF files. This is a capability that is hard to find, unless you are using the Microsoft Office 2016 version, and you know how much that goes in the way of pricing. These days when handling PDF files is already a normal state of affairs; this feature couldn’t be more emphasized.

10. OnlyOffice

OnlyOffice dashboard

OnlyOffice delivers open-source document editors, a platform for document management, mail and project management tools, and corporate communication as a Software-as-a-Service or as an installation for deployment on a private network accessible via a private online portal.

The Latvia-based solution includes CRM, Projects, and Calendar modules on an interface that supports 22 languages. The CRM module can maintain a client database, transactions, and potential sales, tasks, and client relationship history.

Detailed OnlyOffice Review

Why choose OnlyOffice?

  1. Full-featured, secure collaboration. Documents can be shared, edited, and downloaded by the owning user under a Shared With Me heading. There’s a Common Documents space where folders can be used collaboratively by multiple users, the files and folders attached with fine-grained permissions to provide read-only or full access or deny access to any user or group. Revisions let you not only see who made changes to a document, but you can also comment on any revision, restore a previous revision, or opt to finalize the document.
  2. Cloud storage integration. OnlyOffice easily integrates with Google Drive for Work, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, or Dropbox Business, any of which can be added to the Common Documents area for multi-user availability.
  3. Rich, powerful productivity suite on a shoestring. OnlyOffice presents a compellingly competitive pricing structure for an incredibly featured office productivity solution, starting for as low as $1 per user per month for a 3-year subscription—considering, for example, that Microsoft SharePoint Online puts it at $5 per user.

11. Polaris Office 2017

Polaris Office 2017 dashboard

Polaris Office 2017 is a cross-platform office suite that is available for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android. It provides core tools for creating and editing text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. There’s a free version, but unlike the volunteer-supported, open-source LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice, Polaris Office is a commercial product, so the free version comes with advertising to support its development.

Polaris Office 2017 lets you share and sync your works across desktop and mobile versions, in addition to providing a free 1GB basic cloud storage that you could easily expand with your storage service.

Detailed Polaris Office 2017 Review

Why choose Polaris Office 2017?

  1. Full editing of Microsoft Office file formats. While some office suites have trouble even accessing proprietary Microsoft file formats such as doc/docx, hwp, ppt/pptx, txt, xls/xlsx, Polaris Office has no such issue. It’s fully capable of opening and editing documents created in those formats.
  2. Latest version anywhere, anytime. Polaris Office provides an agent program that easily allows uploading and downloading documents from a desktop computer to a mobile device, a convenient way to ensure you don’t have to panic, not having the latest presentation piece on the way to a faraway meeting.
  3. Get started right away, even on the move. With free cloud storage, support for both desktop and mobile versions, and a user interface that’s not any different from Microsoft Office, you could be starting, resuming and completing tasks in no time.

12. WordPerfect Office X8

WordPerfect Office X8 dashboard

Next in our top 20 office software solutions is a certified old hand, WordPerfect Office by Corel—a suite of programs, including WordPerfect (word processor), Quattro Pro (spreadsheet), Corel Presentations (slideshow creator), Corel WordPerfect Lightning (notes), Nuance Paperport (document manager), Paradox (Rapid Application Development) and Mozilla Thunderbird (email) offered by Corel Corporation for personal productivity.

WordPerfect Office especially appeals to professionals and academics for the way it allows excellent control over formatting, remaining stable even while handling long and complex documents.

Detailed WordPerfect Office X8 Review

Why choose WordPerfect Office X8?

  1. Multiple file format support. WordPerfect Office X8 fully works with around 60 file formats, including those created with Microsoft Office programs.
  2. Redacted sections. If you are working with sensitive information, WordPerfect X8 allows you to create files with areas hidden. This easily secures the files while making certain those with proper authorizations can see them.
  3. Create, edit, share PDF files. Built-in PDF editing capability is a powerful feature that very few office suites provide. WordPerfect X8 not only allows you to create or edit PDF files but also to create forms that your coworkers or clients can fill up with ease, saving you the cost of extra software to have those capabilities.

13. Thinkfree Office

Thinkfree Office dashboard

Thinkfree Office is a proprietary office suite that supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and Android. Written in Java, ThinkFree Office includes Write (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Show (presentation), and Note (WYSIWYG HTML editor).

Thinkfree Office is noted for its capability to read and write Microsoft Office file formats (.doc, .xls/.xlm and .ppt) and for sporting the look and feel of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Detailed Thinkfree Review

Why choose ThinkFree Office?

  1. Familiar interface. Migration or adaption to Thinkfree Office is made easy through an interface that mimics that of Microsoft Office. This extends to drawing tools, presenting complex options for wrapping text around images.
  2. Perfect for minimal requirements. Keeping the suite to the essential word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation functions provide a good way out for users who really don’t need the more complex and sophisticated capabilities of office productivity bundles.
  3. Seriously affordable. With a one-time cost of $50 for the desktop version or $9.23 for the online version, it’s hard to beat Thinkfree Office in terms of pricing. Even the Server version that allows for real-time collaboration is only $14, and it comes with 1GB of cloud storage to boot.

14. OfficeSuite

OfficeSuite dashboard

OfficeSuite is a cross-platform office suite mobile application for Windows, Android, and iOS. It comes in three versions: OfficeSuite Free, OfficeSuite Pro, and OfficeSuite Premium.

OfficeSuite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation app, and a PDF viewer/editor.

Detailed OfficeSuite Review

Why choose OfficeSuite?

  1. Microsoft Office double. If you happen to find yourself in the middle of an already open OfficeSuite application, you would probably not pay much attention until you learn it’s not Microsoft Office as you easily assumed. That similarity goes beyond skin-deep too: OfficeSuite actually saves on the same Microsoft Office file formats too.
  2. Portability. If you ever need to create, edit, or share Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint files without Microsoft Office and while on the go, there’s never been a better time not to worry at all if you have a mobile device and good internet access, which makes installing OfficeSuite a breeze.
  3. Mobile PDF editing. It’s hard finding an affordable, reliable PDF editor in Windows, much less in Android or iOS. OfficeSuite does that without missing a beat and with authority too.

15. AbiWord

AbiWord dashboard

AbiWord is a free and open-source word processor. It runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris, AmigaOS 4, Android (Debian noroot package from Google Play Store), and other operating systems. A macOS port remains on version 2.4 since 2005.

Detailed AbiWord Review

Why choose AbiWord?

  1. Small but powerful. If you are stuck in a situation where all you have is an old computer running similarly older operating system like Windows XP but need as many capabilities as the system could handle, you will probably end up looking at AbiWord as the savior of the day.
  2. It’s free. As an inheritor of the open-source traditions, you can easily fetch AbiWord on the internet for free and save on any portable storage for contingency measures.
  3. Multiple file format support. Despite its footprint size, AbiWord fully or partially supports such formats as .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, .txt and HTML. Additionally, AbiWord comes in the familiar pre-Office 2007 Microsoft Word interface.

16. Calligra Suite

Calligra Suite dashboard

Calligra Suite is a graphic art and office suite that is available mainly on desktop PCs running on Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, and Windows. It is accessible on tablet computers and smartphones through the support of Qt Quick components.

Calligra Suite includes Words (word processor), Sheets (spreadsheet), Stage (presentation), Kexi (database), Plan (project management), Braindump (note-taking), Flow (flowchart drawing), Karbon (vector graphics editor), Krita (digital painting) and Author (ebook authoring).

Detailed Calligra Suite Review

Why Choose Calligra Suite?

  1. Great for graphics professionals. Karbon, Krita, Author, and Plan make Calligra Suite a strong proposition for graphics professionals who will easily benefit from the graphics tools and ebook authoring that many publishing companies use every day. The project management software, Plan, increases the overall value of the office suite for these professionals.
  2. Mature, easy-to-use project manager. Plan is a flawless project management program that handles all the core functions effectively, from the creation of work packages, definition of dependencies between tasks, assignment of resources, and cost management.
  3. Modern-look UI. Calligra Suite sports a modern look better suited for today’s wide screens. Placement of dockers at the side of the windows instead of on the top gives more space for the actual document contents and avoids opening dialogs on top of it. The user, however, can rearrange the placement of the dockers around the document area or even tear loose them and let them float freely. The arrangement is saved and reused the next time Calligra is opened.

17. Etherpad

Etherpad dashboard

Etherpad is an open-source, web-based collaborative editor that allows authors to simultaneously edit a text document, see all the participants’ edits in real-time by distinctively displaying each author’s text in their own color. A sidebar chat box allows for meta-communication.

Central to the document collaboration is a pad, which gets its own URL. Anyone who knows the URL can edit the pad and participate in the ongoing chats. Pads can be protected by passwords to limit access for defined contributors.

Detailed Etherpad Review

Why use Etherpad?

  1. Minimalist design. A stark, no-frills design will not earn fans used to elegant and modern apps like DropBox Paper, but those who have it for minimalist, distraction-free atmosphere will thrive on Etherpad’s simple interface.
  2. Color-coded, account-free collaboration. To make it easy to see who changed what, each document collaborator is assigned a unique color, each change corresponding to the collaborator highlighted by the same color. If the whole document starts to look like some child rainbow play, collaborators may opt to clear the color formatting. The right to edit rests on anyone who has the URL, rendering the creation of account unnecessary.
  3. Open-source. Etherpad pays tribute to the generous tradition that started the internet, allowing free use of the editor and sharing the code to invite more fruitful contributions. There are also several flavors of Etherpad, which means you have more options to find one that especially meets your needs better—for free, of course.

18. NeoOffice

NeoOffice dashboard

NeoOffice is an office suite for the macOS. A commercial fork of the free, open-source OpenOffice.org, it includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, database program, and a graphics application.

While NeoOffice loads and saves in the OpenDocument file format (XML), this can be changed by the user. NeoOffice supports multiple file formats, from Microsoft Office’s proprietary formats to other open-source or office suite formats. If you are editing in any Microsoft format, NeoOffice can save to the format without loss of formatting.

Detailed NeoOffice Review

Why use NeoOffice?

  1. Default open at launch. You can configure NeoOffice to open Calc or Impres rather than Writer at launch. If you prefer no to start with any specific program, simply click on the “None” menu item.
  2. Version restore point. NeoOffice keeps a copy of your document before any changes, a neat feature that allows you to return to your previous versions in case you mess up with the new round of editing.
  3. Native file locking. To prevent conflict when NeoOffice, Microsoft Office, or iCloud Drive users on different computers save the same file simultaneously, NeoOffice locks documents to native Mac file format.

19. Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac dashboard

Built solely for Mac computers, Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac touts a highly advanced OCR technology that is capable of convertible scanned PDF files in various editable file formats without reducing its fidelity. The platform automatically recognizes text elements in over 200 languages to ensure accurate conversions. Moreover, the platform can also detect a combination of languages.

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac supports batch conversions, greatly accelerating conversion processes. Files with owner restrictions and passwords can also be converted with ease.

Detailed Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac Review

Why use Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac?

  1. Advanced OCR technology. Convert scanned PDFs in over 200 languages into editable files. The platform can easily recognize images and text.
  2. Multiple language detection. The platform comes with multi-language support and is capable of detecting documents with two or more languages.
  3. Convert PDF files with owner restrictions. With Cisdem PDF Converter OCR, users can easily remove owner passwords and encryptions to convert the file.

20. PDF Reader Pro

PDF Reader Pro dashboard

PDF Reader Pro is a comprehensive software designed to help businesses easily view, manage, and modify PDF files on computers and mobile devices. For a comfortable reading of PDF files in any environment, the software touts a night mode feature that adjusts the color and brightness levels of your device. This is one way that they can ensure a good user experience to their audience.  As for PDF editing, PDF Reader Pro lets you effortlessly place annotations, fill up data fields on forms, affix digital signatures, place watermarks, combine several PDF forms, and others.

PDF Reader Pro lets you use the full capabilities of the platform on any device. This means you can sign contracts and make modifications to PDF files at the palm of your hands.

Detailed PDF Reader Pro Review

Why use PDF Reader Pro?

  1. PDF modifications on the fly. Gain access to a wide range of PDF management and editing functionalities on mobile devices.
  2. Comfortable reading experience. Use Night Mode to prevent straining your eyes when reading in the dark.
  3. Wide range of PDF editing features. Easily edit both texts and images on PDF files.

Thinking Outside the Box When Choosing an Office Software

Computers these days come pre-installed with trial versions of Office 365 and various iterations of Microsoft Office. It is tempting to just stick with these in the long-run. However, it may not be beneficial to your organization as time goes by, especially if you find yourself on a limited budget.

This is why it is to your advantage to think outside of the scope of Office 365, Microsoft Office, and even G Suite. As can be seen in the list above, there are numerous vendors that offer office solutions that cost a fraction of the price of more popular options. They also have features that are unique to their platforms. Best of all, some are capable of creating and opening different document formats. Thus, you can process a wide range of file types without having to convert them.

But if you prefer to mix and match and still want to have a seamless workflow using software from various vendors, it is still possible. Because of the advent of and the high adoption of SaaS offerings, cross-platform accessibility and integration have been strengthened. This means that you can use your selected programs on different operating systems and devices. Plus, you can streamline the exchange of information and extend their functionalities through integration.

And if you are looking to further enhance your productivity, you can look towards productivity suite software, which could complement your set of office tools.

Nestor Gilbert

By Nestor Gilbert

Senior writer for FinancesOnline. If he is not writing about the booming SaaS and B2B industry, with special focus on developments in CRM and business intelligence software spaces, he is editing manuscripts for aspiring and veteran authors. He has compiled years of experience editing book titles and writing for popular marketing and technical publications.

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GeorgeS says:

After using it for free on trial, I paid for a yearly WPS subscription (to avoid the ads) as I thought it was the closest to recovering & displaying all the file configs I'd done in MS Excel (Libre Office tends to reformat Excel file displays & conditions), but soon learned that if I wanted to use macros, I'd need to pay again! This is not clear on any of the WPS site info & is the reason why I am looking for a better option. It's also a lesson on why Free (or donation-based) is always best!
Unfortunately, your reviews don't discuss all these finer details. It is, however, a useful comparison for apps we haven't tried.
It's been a few years since I used OpenOffice but I'll give them another go.

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GeorgeS says:

Forgot to add (& I can't edit my post apparently?) - WPS doesn't seem to offer LTR-RTL text direction change (e.g. for Arabic & Hebrew). Another reason why I'm going with your Apache OpenOffice review.

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