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Thinkfree.com and Thinkfree Office 3
|Stable release||+/−](November 7, 2006) [|
|Preview release||+/−](N/A) [|
|Written in||Java, Ajax|
|Operating system||Mac OS X v10.4 (older versions avail. for 8.6 ~ 10.3), Windows, Linux|
|Available in||English (AU/UK/US), French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish|
|License||proprietary closed source|
ThinkFree Office includes a word processor (Write), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation program (Show), and a WYSIWYG HTML and blog editor (Note). ThinkFree Office reads and writes to Microsoft Office file formats (.doc, .xls, and .ppt). ThinkFree Office has a look and feel similar to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, providing a degree of familiarity to new users.
ThinkFree Online is a web-based edition that runs Write, Calc, Show and Note in a browser using a mix of Java applet and Ajax technologies. It is free to use for a 30 day trial period, except for users in Australia and New Zealand (see references), where only paid members of BigPond may use the service. A way around this is to click on the already have account button at the start page and then click sign up.
Each user is allotted 1 GB of online storage space for saving documents. ThinkFree Online lets users collaborate on documents with others, publish to a blog or the web. ThinkFree Online also keeps a version history per document of the changes that are made.
The Java applet version, or Power Edit mode, exists for all three applications, and appears to be an applet port of the original desktop versions written in Java. Ajax-based Quick Edit mode (offered for Write and Show only) can run without the need of starting up an applet. Also, ThinkFree Online supports a synchronization manager utility to keep documents on the desktop, online and mobile workspaces automatically updated.
ThinkFree Docs is an online community of publishers who share a variety of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. It is intended to work in conjunction with ThinkFree.
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- Comer, Stuart. "ThinkFree? Think again: it's now a BigPond exclusive", iT Wire, November 5, 2007.
- Walsh, Des. "ThinkFree Not So Free for Aussies and Kiwis", Thinking Home Business, December 9, 2007.