Don’t have Microsoft Office and don’t want OpenOffice; so how about Ashampoo Office? Get Ashampoo Office 2008 for free!

I just posted about how you can purchase any Ashampoo software for $10; now I am posting about how to get yet another Ashampoo title for free; life is grand.

I have a riddle for you guys and gals. What can do word processing, create presentations, process spreadsheets, is 50 MB in size, can be installed onto a USB/flash drive, and is available for free? I will give you three guesses; anyone, anyone? Here is a hint: it starts with A and ends with 8. Ooohh, I think I heard it. Yes the answer is Ashampoo Office 2008!

Ashampoo Office 2008 is a productivity suite by Ashampoo which has three major components:

  • TextMaker 2008 (word processing; think Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Write).
  • Presentations 2008 (create powerpoint presentations; think Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress).
  • PlanMaker 2008 (work with spreadsheets; think Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc).

Now the clever user may notice Ashampoo Office is missing components which Microsoft Office and OpenOffice have, such as a database or desktop publishing software (although there are built in database and drawing related features to Ashampoo Office which compensate to an extent). However the advantage of Ashampoo Office is how light it is on your computer (takes up a grand total of 50 MB of your hard drive space after being installed and uses about 1/4 the RAM of Microsoft Office) and the native support to run it from a USB/flash drive (to run Ashampoo Office 2008 from a USB/flash drive, run “usbstick.exe” found in the folder you installed Ashampoo Office into [by default it will be C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Office 2008]). Best of all, importing and exporting Microsoft Office and OpenOffice format files is a breeze. However do take note Ashampoo Office does not support the new Microsoft Office 2007 generation .x formats (like .docx, .pptx, .xlsx, etc.)

Here is a short informational video on Ashampoo Office 2008:

While Ashampoo Office 2008 will not be replacing Microsoft Office or OpenOffice any time soon, it is definitely a worthy alternative to look into if you are lacking in the productivity suite genre.

To get Ashampoo Office 2008 for free, follow these simple steps:

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I don’t know if SoftMaker spams like Ashampoo so feel free to use the anti-spam services of Mailinator, 10MinuteMail, or Trashmail.

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail you entered. You should have an e-mail from “SoftMaker Software GmbH <info@softmaker.de>” with the subject of “Ashampoo Office 2008 for Windows: Your serial number”. If you can’t find the e-mail, be sure to check your spam/junk box (the e-mail landed in my spam box – I had to fish it out). In the e-mail you will find your registration information:

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Copy the serial number and remember the name and e-mail.

  • Install Ashampoo Office 2008.
  • During installation you will be asked to enter your registration information:

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Type in the name and e-mail you registered with and paste in the serial number.

  • Finish installing.
  • After you have finished installing, if you go to “Help” -> “Check for updates” you will notice there is an update to download, hence why I told you to download an update patch. Therefore, before you even run Ashampoo Office 2008 after installing it, run the update patch I told you to download. When using the update patch, it will mention “SoftMaker Office 2008″; do not worry – Ashampoo Office 2008 and SoftMaker Office 2008 are the same thing so install the patch normally.
  • Enjoy!

If you have any problems, post below I will try to help.

Thanks djhightek!

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21 comments

  1. Steelers6

    Ok, I am way late to the Party, but what is better, Open Office, Star office or Ashampoo? or something else.

    I only use MS. Office because of my work, but I know a lot of people can’t afford it (I couldn’t if I didn’t get it for dirt cheap from work) so, tis the season, I saw Star Office free too.

    Let me know, I have some family members in need. I can’t test it with my MS. office on here.

    Vidimo Se!

  2. Jim

    @Ashraf:

    I did that to get the serial and it aborted the installation. Maybe it was just a glitch on my end.

    Nice program regardless, I’m using TextMaker now to write my latest movie review, and it’s much lighter on resources than Open Office Writer.

  3. Jim

    One bad thing about this program, when you install it it puts up a splash screen that fills the monitor with no way to minimize it. Make sure you have the serial number copied and don’t need to get at anything while its installing.

  4. Steve

    I use this small program to convert DOCX files for importing into Ashampoo Office 2008.
    Docx2Rtf converts Word 2007 docx and OpenOffice (odt and sxw) files to rtf. get it here http://www.nativewindsofmontana.com/
    I made mine portable with JauntePE. Out of interest, microsoft offer a free converter program for the docx & other new file types – But keep this in mind – it is about 90 MB installed! twice the size of the entire Ashampoo office suite.

  5. janet

    I just sent this lettr to SoftMaker:

    “In your Autoshape comparison at http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofwcomp_en.htm , am I correct in understanding that you are showing a Planmaker file as it appears in MS Excell and in OpenOffice? I make this assumption because e.g., the Venn diagram is correct in the Planmaker display but not in either of the other two programs. This would seem to show that Planmaker files are not compatible with the other two programs….:-(….Explanation?

    Thank you for your help,
    Janet”

    Also, in light of Andrew Newmann’s post: does this program require .NET?

  6. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Andrew Newmann: I ran into SSuite Software while doing my research on Ashampoo. It looks interesting.

    @Al Hall: I think you can pick it up anytime. However I am not 100% sure so if I were you I would register, download the files and keep both registration information and installers in a safe place because once you register and have the installers, you can install it whenever you want.

    Hope that helps.

  7. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Michael:

    Best of all, importing and exporting Microsoft Office and OpenOffice format files is a breeze. However do take note Ashampoo Office does not support the new Microsoft Office 2007 generation .x formats (like .docx, .pptx, .xlsx, etc.)

    :)

    @Quro@75: I am looking bro. I will let you know if I find one.

  8. Quro@75

    Dear Ashraf,
    I’ve been using this suite for months (I got if from some promo out there for free). The best part is the portable version is all I want. The problem for me (or some body else perhaps) is this office suite don’t has compatibility with MS-Office 2007’s file, like *.DOCX, *.XLSX. The update patch from Softmaker didn’t has the ability to read files from MSO2007 too.
    Searching on internet for nothing (maybe I miss something or somewhere, I HOPE..). So, any suggestion where I can find this MS-Office_2007_Add_in for this Ashampoo, please?

  9. Michael

    thanks for the offer on this one. now i am curious, does the textmaker 2008 read docx or doc files then? or does it create it’s own file extensions different from words? if it can read and edit ms words doc, then i will definitely go for this one in a heart beat.