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My first experience with Sched was as a speaker on a conference event being organized by our foreign collaborators. As my first foreign speaking engagement, I was naturally extremely nervous, but Sched made collaborating with the organizers so easy and that I felt very much at ease and ended up delivering an exceptional session. After that experience, I recommended trying Sched for our own subsequent conference events.
The flexible schedule manager for your unique event. Build, customize, and manage your event schedule in one organized place. Teams can collaborate and work together remotely and in real-time. Engage your attendees and empower your speakers with an interactive experience and tools. Market and grow your event via our web and native apps, or embed it directly in your own website.
The free features are plentiful and useful. Has almost all of the functionaly you can as for that is very similar to the microsoft office suite of products. Easy to use UI with minimal to no learning curve. Everything is where you would expect it to be and nothing you dont . Most if not all suite of applications match their office counter parts in terms of functionality and features. In addition to this some of the UI is easier to use in softmaker as compared to your traditional office suite.
Since its foundation in 1987, SoftMaker has been developing office software: word processor (TextMaker), spreadsheet (PlanMaker), presentation graphics (SoftMaker Presentations) and database software (DataMaker). The "flagship" product SoftMaker Office is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Google Android. The features which put SoftMaker software in a class of its own include its intuitive user interface, ease of use, seamless compatibility with Microsoft Office file formats and the sheer speed of the applications – these benefits together with attractive pricing make it an unbeatable combination. SoftMaker's second productivity application is FlexiPDF, a PDF editor that makes modifying PDF files as easy as working with a word processor. FlexiPDF offers the full functional range of a high-end PDF editing solution, without the high price tag. High-quality computer fonts are the third string to SoftMaker's bow. With the product lines MegaFont NOW and infiniType, both home users and professional designers have affordable access to first-class font libraries.
Communication is the main problem that Sched solves. It's an at-a-glance snapshot of an entire evening that easily drills down into specifics. It invites interaction, so that's another communication problem solved/helped. I couldn't be more thrilled to have Sched working on my event's behalf. Thank you!
- Heather B. Producer, Lit Crawl Portland
We used to publish our own website with conference info; it had the basic info, but it was hard to keep the pieces consistent. Now we link to the Sched site from our event page and attendees find everything there. Speakers can post their pix and handouts and complete/update their profiles and send e-mail blasts to all who signed up for their workshop. We got good reporting and from it (and Google Analytics) see a high engagement rate (not just page views; over half set up accounts and created a personal schedule). This is all from their lowest service level/tier; higher levels integrate more with registration/payment etc., but we already have an online store and used it for front-end registration.
- James C. Technical Evangelist
It wasn't too difficult to get everything set up, but we needed a human to help us select the right package to purchase. It was way too difficult reaching someone and we were actually told that no one could assist us for at least another week because that department was going to a conference.
- Lane S. Director
Familiarity, cross-device, feature-rich.
- Steve W. Founder, CEO
Softmaker provides a very powerful tool, and we can say this is the best alternative of Microsoft and any other office tools. SoftMaker we can buy at very low cost.
- Neeraj R. Network Engineer
This light weight, fast MS Office alternative is a highly useable suite, ideal for business and education purposes. Textmaker and Planmaker are particularly simple to switch too and the implementation of the Ms formats is arguably the best available. Multi platform options also make this more attractive than other suites. It is also very good value for money.
- Stewart T. Associate Professor of Sacred Music
|Love the easiness of selecting which sessions I wanted to attend
|It then stored it and made it super easy for me to know exactly where to go
|My district uses Sched to schedule our entire district professional training
|This is fabulous I love that it emails me my schedule and I can access it all day as I attend trainings
|I also love the ability to email attendees from the platform and how they also get a daily reminder
|It is also wonderful how we can personalize the system with our own branding and images
|This was a perfect option for our needs this year, and now that we know more about how it can be used, it will be used more often for our future conference needs."
|We have received many complaints within 24 hours of launching the service
|The lack of Spanish interface, because we are in Peru
|It is difficult to find your meeting sometimes
|There are so many meetings scheduled
|Small landing/home page with limited customization."
|Softmaker provides the best experience so far when you take it as a collective bundle of apps
|I like how the software has over 20 spell checks and advanced features like cross references and footnotes
|This is what I like about SoftMaker Office
|It feels like MS Office used to feel, install the software and it is yours
|It is free software with ease of installation and use."
|No calls and no 24/7 support, and often times too much Googling
|But that is a small sacrifice to pay for compatibility
|Also with particular spreadsheets, it has this tendency to convert fonts to its own defaults
|The reason I uninstalled it was that, having started a template, it disallowed me from opening that same document the next time, saying I'd have to pay to do so
|Disappointing experience during the trial of this software."
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