Install Thinkfree Office Suite on Ubuntu

I checked out the new Thinkfree website and their office suite, it’s awesome. Read my post about the Thinkfree suite. Thinkfree offers an offline version of the suite that will sync with the online version. This is pretty sweet and it works in Ubuntu. Below is the instruction. Pretty easy.

Install Thinkfree Office Suite

  1. Download the office suite at this page. Make sure you donwload the linux version, it would be a .sh file.
  2. Save the .bin file to your desktop
  3. Open terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  4. Navigate to your desktop

    cd ~/Desktop

  5. Make the .bin file executable.

    sudo chmod +x filename.bin

    Replace “filename” with the .bin file’s name.

    You can see this page for more info on how to make a file executable.

  6. Execute the file

    sudo ./filename.bin

    Replace “filename” with the .bin file’s name.

  7. A dialog window will pop up, follow the instruction to install. You can select the directory, quick launch, and shortcuts on Desktop. Just like in Windows. Click Finish at the end

You are done. Enjoy.

Thinkfree Office Suite On Ubuntu

I tried out Thinkfree about a year ago and just recently check back and it was a pleasant surprise. The website looks much more professional and the user interface for the online version is totally awesome. Best off all, Thinkfree offers an offline version that sync seamlessly with the online storage. I love it. This post will not be some kind of tutorial but only my opinion about the suit. Visit my tutorial on how to install ThinkFree office suit for instruction.

The Good Stuff

Easy Installation

Except the part that I need to extract the .bin file, everything seems very easy. After extracting the .bin file, a dialog pops up and guides me through the installation process. It looks just like windows with the EULA that we never care to read, the checkbox that we crave to check so we can hit on the Next button and move on with our lives. It even offers to create shortcuts on the Desktop. Sweet.

Pretty Looking Icon

Well, not that they have anything to do with productivity but Thinkfree was the first to put shortcuts (with icons) on my Ubuntu machine automatically. I did not have to do a thing except checking the check box during installation.

Thinkfree Manager

This manager allows me to see all of my documents. All of them! including powerpoints, docs and spreadsheets. It also let me login into my account, sync all my documents to the online office. Very convinient.

Fast!

There are two words that excites me the most: Fast and Free. Thinkfree is Free as entitled and it is very fast in Ubuntu, faster than Abiword and definitely faster than Open Office. It takes matter of milliseconds to open documents,

Easy to use

The interface is extremely like Microsoft Office 2003 with all standard fonts. Needless to say, this is going to be an easy transition.

Covert to pdf

Ok, this is extremely convinient for me when I need to send files to someone who does not have microsoft office. Moreover, I often email documents to myself and then download them at school, but all my school’s computers have Office 2007, which kind of screw my formats up. A pdf file is easy to open and the format is fixed. Well, again, I will not be able to modify the documents, which would suck big time when I see something is wrong with my paper. But, oh, Thinkfree has an online version too, all my docs are online. I can always get back online an pull them offline.

Wide Variety of Formats

Thinkfree accepts all documents format, including the annal docx, open office, and abiword and even HTML…. This is easier for me, no more conversions!!

The Not-So-Good Stuff

Low Storage

I am allowed to have 1GB of storage online which is a lot for storing documents but somehow, in this world of unlimited email storage (Yahoo mail), unlimited documents storage (Zoho.com) and unlimited number of files transfer (mediafire.com), 1GB seems soooooo smalllllll.

Money!

It looks like to me that the site is not going to offer free stuff for very long. At some point I will end up paying to have all my documents. Or Thinkfree will use some sort of tatic to lure me into paying.

Security

All my documents are in one place, great, they are online! All the time… And there is a good chance that someone might see what I wrote. None of my docs are important but it feels pretty bad when someone read them.