Re: Time for a new petition?
- Ok, here is an amended version. Apart for further content's
suggestions, any rewriting in something different than my Immigrant
English would be welcome.
Years ago, you decided to dismiss WordPerfect for Mac. With the
growing market share Apple has been gaining during the following
years, maybe it is time to rethink that decision. Several users are
still writing with the old version of WP, and more will be conquered
by the winning features of a Mac OS X version over all the competitors.
Some users are indeed forced to use WordPerfect, due to the lack of a
good alternative legal document processor on the Mac. Some Courts, in
the USA, explicitly request for the WordPerfect format. A high - and
growing - number of law offices use Macs.
We would be happy to pay for a renewed version, that builds on the old
one, preserving the same clean interface and rich set of well laid out
features. This would help us overcome the lack of really advanced,
modern word processors on the Mac:
- Microsoft Word and its clone OpenOffice/NeoOffice are powerful, but
with a cluttered interface; MS Word is also well known for the total
lack of reliability with medium-to-long documents, while OO Writer is
plague with extreme sluggishness.
- Apple Pages just misses the target, with some interesting advanced
feature, and missing basic tools. Plus, it is not a lightspeed when
dealing with long documents.
- Nisus Writer Pro is starting to be an advanced program, but still in
its infancy, and not very responsive with long documents. Despite the
high number of features, it is still not on a par with WordPerfect,
and its user interfance might not be the preffered by many of us.
- Mellel is an elegant piece of software under many aspects for
example in the way fonts are displayed but far from Mac conventions,
with an involuted style management system, and still lacking several
Mac OS X already includes several widegets for text editing. Founding
the new WP on them should make the development time rather short, as
seen by the many minor word processing applications out there.
So we renew our request for a new version of WordPerfect for Mac, and
will be happy to buy it as soon as it is out.