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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Given the thread at Open Office free ware I thought it might also be timely to mention this advert I just received from the folks at Ashampoo. In the email they're offering me their product at $40 and I think I'll pass. But I thought some might want to know. As much as I like their "burning" software, I think I'll stick with Open Office.

    AshampooŽ Office 2010

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    Ashampoo Office seems to be a re-branded and US-Dollar-priced version of SoftMaker Office, a suite developed by a German software company. (Is it just a coincidence? Germany was the home of StarDivision, whose StarOffice provided the core code for OpenOffice.org.)

    InfoWorld did a comparative review of the previous version, SoftMaker Office 2008, and proclaimed it more MS Office compatible than OpenOffice.org: The better Office alternative: SoftMaker Office bests OpenOffice.org. However, I haven't studied the details to see whether home users should care about those differences.

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    The only problem I have with Ashampoo is the gawdawful amount of e-mail they push out. Once you get one of their products, your inbox is inundated with announcements for this and that. No other company--in my experience (YMMV)--generates as much e-mail traffic.
    --- Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Hamper View Post
    The only problem I have with Ashampoo is the gawdawful amount of e-mail they push out. Once you get one of their products, your inbox is inundated with announcements for this and that. No other company--in my experience (YMMV)--generates as much e-mail traffic.
    It's easy to stop that...

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