Remember WORDPERFECT? - Where Are They Now

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  • I remember starting on a Mac in the 90s and there was drawing program (from I think Letraset) called Ready, Set, Go! It was, to me, the precursor to Adobe Illustrator.

    sambear0sambear0Il y a 13 heures
  • The company I worked for didn't want to pay for Microsoft Office so we got stuck with Open Office. It sucked. Sorry PC guy's I'm a Mac and used Claris Works at home. Far better than Open Office. And yes I'm still a Mac.

    SficlassicSficlassicIl y a 14 heures
  • I was a Mac NeoOffice user for quite a while until Apple brought out Pages. I liked the fact that it was Open Source. Old NeoOffice files are a pain, but you can convert them if you’re persistant.

    Bill PetersonBill PetersonIl y a 17 heures
  • It has been a while but as I recall WordStar was an excellent program and no mouse was originally available. It was control k this an control k that to mark and or copy text. It was an excellent ASCII text editor and had wonderful copy and paste functions as well as search and replace and could handle gigantic data sets in a non document mode. Even more impressive was datastar which was fabulous for data entry nothing like it today and supersort which allowed for batch files of code to be executed swiftly and you could sort something like 32 different columns all at once with all kinds of parameters in a file with maybe 256?? columns of data and basically endless records. You could manipulate basically any data between using supersort datastar and wordstar . Ran it originally under CPM then concurrent cpm then mpm then DOS then all windows all up to and including windows xp. Still recall control kb and control kk to mark a block and control kc to copy it and control kn to turn on or off column mode? I think. Great bug-free efficient fast software all of them - originally ran on an Altos 8000 20 meg HD 256k total ram. It was and still is amazing software.

    John jonJohn jonIl y a jour
  • GEM Desktop Publisher on Digital Research DOS. Gem Desktop was a full featured word processor, database, spreadsheet, multitasking program with a graphical user interface years before Windows 95 was conceived. If IBM had been smart Bill Gates would be a pauper today.

    Bernie SimmonsBernie SimmonsIl y a jour
  • As a nerdy kid I used to spend rather too much time noodling around with Lotus Smartsuite instead of doing homework. I particularly remember the startup tutorial from Freelance Graphics (it had an animated magician) and the selection of midi chiptunes you could use as alarms in Organiser. I don't know if it was a simpler time, or perhaps I was just an idiot. Possibly both.

    Confused DaveConfused DaveIl y a jour
  • Don't forget Muse Writer and Bank Street Writer on the Apple ][. PFS (personal file system) was a database and Visicalc was the first spreadsheet.

    Daniel NewmanDaniel NewmanIl y a jour
  • "adulting" 🤢 Dislike

    HuskHuskIl y a jour
  • I like this series a lot. Thanks, guys :D

    DanXeliteDanXeliteIl y a jour
  • Ami Pro and DeScribe... On OS/2.

    Jeff SumnerJeff SumnerIl y a jour
  • That's a trip down memory lane! At the age of 16 or 17, I used what I had learned using, I think, MaxiPlan on the Amiga to sit down at my dad's new office computer (an IBM PS/2 model 50) and create a spreadsheet in Lotus Symphony that would be fed with sales data from their /36 host and, within literally seconds, spit out the bonus figures for his ~20-30 sales people. Later, we used SuperBase and Wordperfect to print around 800 personalised letters every week, working in parallel on a Nec P6 and a P7. (anybody remember what nlq stood for?) Props if you guess my age 😉

    Peter JakobsPeter JakobsIl y a jour
  • Actually, when I sit down to write something I use Open Office. The most reliable word processor I have ever used was Wordstar.

    Thomas MaughanThomas MaughanIl y a jour
  • Peachtree / peachtext

    Norman LorrainNorman LorrainIl y a 2 jours
  • My first experience of using a PC was learning to use WordPerfect at my local college. I think it was version 6. I occasionally used the Unix version of WordPerfect at my first permanent job, too. On a mainframe!

    Andrew GwilliamAndrew GwilliamIl y a 2 jours
  • You forgot a few. Roff, troff, and groff have been around since the 60s and were used to write CS papers. TeX has been used in academia since the 80s!

    Bracket MasterBracket MasterIl y a 2 jours
  • People still spend money on office suites? LibreOffice suits all my needs just fine.

    Steve MagruderSteve MagruderIl y a 2 jours
  • Anyone remember using Gobe Productive for the BeOS?

    Austin CassidyAustin CassidyIl y a 3 jours
  • What about LaTeX?

    Insane TrollInsane TrollIl y a 3 jours
  • Linus, Paradox is the program. My boss at the first company I worked for when I got promoted to inventory control. I asked him if he knew what was wrong with one of our inventory PC's. He pulled out the manual for Paradox sitting on his shelf and handed it to me. "No, figure it out." Within a couple of months, I'd not only fixed the problem, but rewrote our inventory coding in PAL Paradox Application Language and pushed it to our other branches. That problem I fixed was a bloaded query and an inability to call up beyond 99,999 part numbers (both human errors)

    Charles HadleCharles HadleIl y a 3 jours
  • I got Word 2.11 bundled with my (used) Heath/Zenith 8088 computer. I still say it was the easiest to use and most useful word processor ever. It came with a full suite of tech libraries, let you customize entire formatting libraries, and was the best WYSWYG program when it came time to print. It got me through engineering school and beyond. I also think it was the tool Microsoft used to work out the original Windows. 2.11 was still software Microsoft had purchased from another company at that point. After that, windows lost the tech libraries; giving "reserved for future development" or contact the vendor to purchase the extended library messages. WTF? The Zenith computer was a wonder too.

    Kevin BendallKevin BendallIl y a 3 jours
  • A couple of odd ones I’ve come across: WordMARC Composer - PC based and via VT100 terminal to a Pr1me minicomputer Quill - Part of the Psion Xchange suite, on PC and, I think, Sinclair QL

    Nigel AnscombeNigel AnscombeIl y a 3 jours
  • Ami Pro! I also pushed Works with a dot matrix printer in the early 90's. Libreoffice doesn't get the respect it deserves..

    j73stuartj73stuartIl y a 3 jours
  • It takes a bit of learning to get started, but 40 year old TeX (or LaTeX) is still better than all of them.

    Chris HubleyChris HubleyIl y a 4 jours
  • I love when Linus talks about the 70s and 80s :) more please!

    Marlon HoyteMarlon HoyteIl y a 4 jours
  • I still have a copy of Wordstar beta 0.92 (CPM)

    analogdesigneranalogdesignerIl y a 4 jours
  • You guys ever turn off a imac (via the button) and it says windows in reference to the os

    Lazy Gamer GuyLazy Gamer GuyIl y a 4 jours
  • I still use Wordperfect. I vastly prefer it to MS Word.

    Reno SlimReno SlimIl y a 4 jours
  • We would use Beagleworks on the Mac computers back in the early mid ‘90’s. It was awesome. Even though the company closed down in 1991 that software was awesome.

    Drew GalbraithDrew GalbraithIl y a 4 jours
  • Back in the day Wordperfect was the best. The "reveal codes" feature alone put it above the rest. It was a sad day when work changed of MS Word,

    Knut KnutsonKnut KnutsonIl y a 5 jours
  • Still use Wordperfect. Knocks spots off Word. Only reason why Word became more popular was because Microsoft gave it away for free. Not because it was better or worked with windows better. You dont know what you are talking about. It's still on sale but priced too high for most, other than power users.

    Paul MoorePaul MooreIl y a 5 jours
  • word perfect is now mismanaged by Corel who has pretty much now doing the "oh you have Paintshop Pro? Great, let us spam you to death" routine

    TechGentlyTechGentlyIl y a 5 jours
  • When "word processing" meant **managing the selection and arrangement of words**, and layout characteristics (typeface selection, bold, italic, point size, margins, page breaks, etc.) were secondary, WordPerfect for DOS was the high water mark. A good touch typist, using the older style keyboard with 10 function keys on the left side instead of 12 across the top, could be blazingly fast as all the WordPerfect shortcuts could be reached with hands in typing position. WYSIWYG screen previews were available, as was the mouse, but those things distracted (and still distract) from the creation of text itself. Today, "word processing" means both text creation and preparation for output, as evidenced by modern software. I'm not pining for the good ol' days, but there are times when I've got to get the words down fast, and involve myself with other stuff later. At those times I open Notepad.

    Ron JenkinsRon JenkinsIl y a 6 jours
  • I've always used office, although unfortunately I'm old enough to remember clippy.

    CrAzYgIrLCrAzYgIrLIl y a 7 jours
  • Abby Word.. which was the "windows" version of Wordstar for a brief version of time

    Frank MartinFrank MartinIl y a 7 jours
  • We still use latex due to the ability to automate typeset documents.

    Robert RuddyRobert RuddyIl y a 7 jours
  • If I'm forced to use a word processor, it's LibreOffice. But my preferred way to create documents is LaTeX. Hardcore UNIX geek here.

    Dianne SDianne SIl y a 7 jours
  • Word perfect was the best gates and hi trust violating monopoly swallowed them up!

    john kelsojohn kelsoIl y a 8 jours
  • Used wordperfect for years til I was forced to use word, what a downgrade. I use Libre office now

    Bill brownBill brownIl y a 8 jours
  • Why don’t you shut up for a minute your talking shit

    John O'brienJohn O'brienIl y a 8 jours
  • Share ware word processor for msdos called Galaxy. Worked brilliantly.

    Ian EdmondsIan EdmondsIl y a 8 jours