WordPerfect as Swiss Army knife
- Hi, Everyone. Though it's not about Mac software, I couldn't resist
sending on something I found in a SlashDot discussion of OpenOffice and
its alternatives. WP's superiority over Word was well established
early, and was Corel's to waste. Tom
Thomas J. Rostafinski, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
1140 Lake Street, Suite 508
Oak Park, IL 60301-1053
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One generation of immigrant hates the next
by smchris (464899) on Monday March 06, @07:54AM (#14857032)
Same thing with office suites. Some historical perspective.
After a year of DisplayWrite 2 in the amber screen dark ages, virtually
all my office work has been with WordPerfect. Over 10 years ago I was
creating quick-and-dirty laser printed trifolds with WordPerfect
containing stuff like complex, rotated clip-off forms. Virtually
everything was a frame. Essentially DTP. And maintaining merges for
mailing lists and formatted committee listings and the like via macros.
20 years ago, we were using delimited dbase output to WordPerfect
template merges to run a summer school of over 2000 students.
To me, Word has _always_ been crap. It shows it roots as a text editor.
You can say "doh" but my conception, spoiled as I was with WordPerfect,
was that the program should be a swiss army knife capable of everything
from DTP to a rich macro programming language.
As a clone of crap, I didn't expect much from OpenOffice.org -- and
1.0.0 would crash out fairly regularly on my linux so it fit my
prejudices. But now I see my attitude was shaped by WordPerfect. Since
Scribus is coming along nicely, I can use that for anything cool. Text
is text. They are all good now. And Abiword usually does most of what I
want if I know I'm just putting some text/columns/tables/graphics on paper.
In a sense it is karma coming back on Microsoft. I once had a guy argue
with me that having fewer features was Word's strength. However, by
defining word processing as something simple and distinct from DTP they
lowered the bar to where open source projects could reasonably hope to
- I've held on to my WP51 disks and manual, still tucked in the gray
box, all under my desk. Well before I switched to the Mac, I think I
spent more time mastering WP for DOS than any other program I've ever
used. And it was amazing what it would do.
I even have an installation floating around somewhere in VirtualPC.
I don't know why I've held on to it. So much was tied into
keystrokes, I doubt I could even remember how to use it. I guess in
case of the Apocalypse and we're all forced to go back to DOS, I'll
Rick Mansfield [ p. 502 .387 .6414 e. RMansfield@... ]
Website & Blog: http://thislamp.com
- I still use all the DOS key strokes on the Mac - it saves fingers.
>I've held on to my WP51 disks and manual, still tucked in the gray
>box, all under my desk. Well before I switched to the Mac, I think I
>spent more time mastering WP for DOS than any other program I've ever
>used. And it was amazing what it would do.
>I even have an installation floating around somewhere in VirtualPC.
>I don't know why I've held on to it. So much was tied into
>keystrokes, I doubt I could even remember how to use it. I guess in
>case of the Apocalypse and we're all forced to go back to DOS, I'll
>Rick Mansfield [ p. 502 .387 .6414 e. RMansfield@... ]
>Website & Blog: http://thislamp.com
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