WordPerfect vs. WordPerfect
- Interesting to see so many posts on the WP Lightning page
asking for a Mac version. We'd all like to see it but, if
Corel does that, what we get might be much different from
what we think we're asking for.
The WP Mac we all know was written by the same people who
wrote the classic versions of WP for DOS, 4.2 and 5.1, also
such well regarded programs because its developers were a
group who can only be called gifted in interface design.
Recent versions of Windows WP and the Lightning edition
have been designed by a completely different group. I
haven't tried recent versions of WPWin, but I gather that
its look and feel has been designed to be familiar to MS
Word users in other words, nothing at all like WP Mac.
It would still be worth asking for an alternative to Word,
if we didn't already have one. SheepShaver seems almost an
act of grace. The program we mean when we say WordPerfect
runs as well as it ever has, but faster than it ever has,
on Intel Macs. But one poster to the Lightning forum said
he would use SheepShaver "if I must", and the words
"cumbersome" and "workaround" have appeared in other posts.
I respect their opinions, but I wonder whether the posters
have actually tried SheepShaver on an Intel Mac.
In point of fact, it's one download from the Links section
here, a five-minute setup, and then, once again, the best
word processing program ever written. The fine and
well-implemented feature set is all there; printing is fast
(thanks to Ed Mendelson's design); stability is still
rock-solid; and it will just get faster with every new
generation of Intel chip.
I think we don't have a whole lot more to ask for.