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Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013 Full Version as a Free Download

While doing some research last night on Kingsoft I found a way to get their entire Office Suite 2013 Professional for free. No, it’s not some hacked or torrent version, but a fully legal copy direct from the vendor themselves. They’re very keen to get their product in the hands of many people as possible and even offer the entire Suite for Free. The only real limitation is saving in Word 2007/2010 format. I usually save in the generic TXT format, but if you need the additional formats you can download a Free Giveaway version that has the new file formats as well as the VBA macro language.

Quite simply, click this link, download Kingsoft Office 2013 Professional and install it. They CD key/Serial number is embedded and the full featured program is ready to go.

I did indeed download my copy and now have the Professional version installed. All the features are available and can be used. There is no Trial Edition banner listed anywhere and the save to Word 2010 worked fine.

Since this is a Giveaway version it may not qualify for updates, support and shouldn’t count toward discount pricing. But you’ll have an excellent alternative to the Microsoft Office Suite to use. One that loads faster and takes up a fraction of the space. You can’t really complain about that.

Kingsoft Office Suite 2013 Professional with embedded serial number

To give proper credit, this information and link was found through the MostIWant.com website.

Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013 Free Full Version 1 Year Serial Key

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Time to prepare for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

It’s November and among all the other festivities such as Autumn, leaves falling and the annual turkey eating contest, it’s also time to try and write down that novel you always said you wanted to write. Each year people gather to try and make that dream a reality.

While I don’t have a secret novel tucked away inside, I fully support NaNoWriMo and love the idea of it. We need more people writing. We need more people reading. There are still plenty of stories to tell and sometimes we just need a push in the right direction to get us moving.

I’ve already written about several writing tools that can help in the writing process – OneNote, AllMyNotes Organizer, RightNote, Judoom and KingOffice, but now I want to offer up a couple of thoughts on how to get started and how to approach the writing process. From a technical perspective here’s some workflow ideas that might help.

Before you start make sure you have a backup plan in place. Literally. Nothing would be worse than to reach your goal or get a substantial amount of work done only to have it disappear because of hardware failure.

Set up a Dropbox account and install the small client. Pick a folder or multiple folders to sync and those will be backed up to the cloud. Every time you save your work, a copy gets saved to the “cloud”. This works for just about everything, OneNote files, TXT, DOC, database files, etc.

Dropbox also “versions” your files meaning you will have multiple copies of the file. If something goes wrong and you want an earlier version of your work you can restore it. If you make way too many edit or cut out something you later want back in, just grab an earlier version and you’ll have it back.

It takes less than 5 minutes to set up and you’re all set. I have several years worth of writing and dozens of documents stored in my Dropbox folder. I also copy it all to a thumbdrive from time to time.

As far as writing tools go, I find myself writing almost everything in OneNote these days. It automatically saves, I use the tabs to organize my subjects, I write ideas on the right side of the page and the actual content on the left. One side is for plotting my course while the other is for the finished product. I then copy and paste my text into another for “presentation”. I use OneNote 2007 which can save as a Word doc or export to PDF, but no export to plain text. It’s easier to copy and paste the text into something else. OneNote is my choice for getting that First Draft done and for writing the blog articles you see here. It’s also perfect for putting together chapters. It’s not mean to produce a completed document but the writing space is excellent.

If you don’t have OneNote, and it is expensive and I wouldn’t get the latest versions anyway, FocusWriter or Judoom combined with AllMyNotes or RightNote would be my next choice. Especially if you have two monitors. I’d put AllMyNotes on the right screen and Judoom on the left. In that configuration you’d have your notes and outline at the ready and writing space available.

I’m more familiar with AllMyNotes so I’d outline my work in there, with all sorts of descriptions of what I wanted to write about, key points to hit, any specific text I wanted to include and then start writing it all down in my editor while my notes are clearly visible. And again, all my tools would point to my Dropbox folder so everything I did would be backed up.

For the final prep work I’m not sure what to tell you. This is uncharted territory for me. Scrivener is usually the tool of choice you hear about, but I haven’t used it enough to really know. I know it has a slew of features to help pull all the pieces together such as formatting and multiple format output. I would probably take the lazy way out and use either Word 2007 or Kingsoft Writer to pull all my pieces together into one final doc. I’d be just as inclined to use PagePlus to finish off my work and export it out as PDF, .Mobi or .ePub.

But that’s for the big finish, there’s plenty of time to mess around with that sort of thing and those tools later. The first part is to write and write often. For the initial writing I’d stay away from a full featured word processing tool. Go for something far more basic. Don’t get tangled up with formatting options, page layout, or anything else that distracts from writing. You don’t want to waste time learning software.

I’d also recommend saving in the TXT format. No matter where you go or what device you use, they all understand what a TXT file is. Mac, PC, iPad, Android, they can all use it. This will cut out all your formatting, but it’s too early to worry about formatting.

If you haven’t gotten started yet or didn’t know where to begin hopefully this offers a couple of useful ideas. There are lots of writing tools out there, perhaps more now than ever before. I know a lot of people see Word as the ultimate choice, but Word has turned into more of a desktop publishing tool not a slim, easy to use writing tool. I’m my opinion there are a better choices.

Good Luck!!

For quick reference here’s a list of Free or nearly free software you can use to help write, outline and organize your writing. These aren’t stripped down Time Trial versions. They are real programs that you can keep on using. If you don’t have OneNote I believe a combination of Judoom and AllMyNotes would be really good.

FocusWriter – Free
RightNote by BauerApps – Free/$35
Judoom – Free Tabbed Word Processor for Writers – Free
Kingsoft Writer 2012 – Free/$20/$65 for Office Suite
AllMyNotes Organizer – Free/$9.86 with INDIA71 coupon code

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Kingsoft Writer 2012 / Kingsoft Office Suite 2013

The alternatives to Microsoft Word just keep on comin’. FocusWriter, Judoom and LibreOffice all jump to mind as lightweight choices for people who want to focus on writing rather than formatting. And now, here’s another editor I quite literally found and think is pretty damn sweet – Kingsoft Writer 2012. In fact, this program reminds me of the greatness that was Word 2003.

In looking for word processors to try out I was lead to Kingsoft Writer. The name didn’t strike any sort of chord, but I decided to check it out. What I found was an editor that could and should be a replacement for Microsoft Word. It has all the features such as Styles, formatting, spell check, multiple documents open separate tabs, rules, guides, page layout, fonts, templates, tables and far too many features to list here. As soon as it starts you’ll swear you’re in Word, but it loads in a fraction of the time and has a minuscule hard drive footprint in comparison. It even loads and saves your Word documents so you don’t lose anything there.

Even though Kingsoft Writer has all the features of Word, they don’t get in the way of actually writing something. The editor is clean and simple and you don’t feel overwhelmed by the need to undo formatting choices or make document decisions. You get a blank canvas to work with in a simple, clean interface. I really like that.

What’s more, Kingsoft Writer is actually free. This ridiculously powerful editor is actually free. What’s the catch? You can only save in Word 2003 format. But, if you want to get the full version of Writer, they offer the 2012 version for a mere $20. That’s pretty impressive.

It goes a step further though. That’s the standalone Writer 2012. There is a full features Kingsoft Office 2013 which features Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation. But don’t worry, there’s a free version of that too. You get plenty of time to check out the features and enjoy a faster, more usable word processor.

I don’t know if Writer 2013 comes as a stand alone product. It’s not listed like that on their site so I’m not sure you can just buy one piece of the Office suite. I guess we’ll have to ask and find out.

But again, this looks like an amazing piece of software that takes all the excellent features your really need in a word processor and throws out all the junk. The entire Office download is less than 50MB while in comparison the Microsoft Office download is 1.5-2GB in size. Yes, I know there are more tools in the office bundle, but, OneNote or Word alone is 400MB download. That’s not the install size, just the download size. And we all wonder why things keep taking longer and longer with the computers we have.

Give the Kingsoft editor a try and let me know what you think. Again, this might be another gem for those in a NaNoWriMo state of mind.

Kingsoft Writer 2012

 

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The Classic interface. If you purchase the “Full” version or the Office Suite you can switch the menu to have a more Office 2010 feel to it. Personally, I prefer the menus from earlier versions.

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