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Only Legacy Word Documents
Authored by: S Barman on Jan 04, '12 05:43:49AM

I saw the headline in my RSS feed and was excited. I was hoping to see the ability to open old WordPerfect documents that I have since I switched from a PC (2002?). I have not found a free or low cost solution to convert those .wp and .wpd files. Anyone have ideas?

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Only Legacy Word Documents
Authored by: rodl2 on Jan 04, '12 01:50:05PM

I've found that LibreOffice is able to open most wpd files.

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Re: WordPerfect documents
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Jan 04, '12 03:08:08PM

Grr, Macworld, this is not spam! Trying again as plain text.


For WordPerfect documents, you have two “meta-options”: use the last version of WordPerfect for Macintosh inside a Mac OS emulator, or use any of the applications that employ the libwpd library[1] to open WordPerfect files.

Using WordPerfect for Macintosh usually isn’t the best option for people who predominantly have PC WordPerfect files, but for those with WP-Mac files or who want great integration (Finder, Spotlight, Quick Look) with Mac OS X, the WordPerfect-Mac community[2] has kept the venerable program alive and well in the modern age.

For the other meta-option (usually the better option for users with PC WordPerfect files who just want to convert them), any of the NeoOffice[3]/LibreOffice[4]/[5] trio will get the job done and let you save the WP docs to a number of common formats. All three use roughly the same codebase; NeoOffice tends to be more Mac-focused and have better Mac integration, LibreOffice tends to have the most development on the general office software code (and will be “ahead” of NeoOffice by a version or two), and, which used to be the “parent” program of both NeoOffice and LibreOffice, is still finding its way post-Sun Microsystems (and I personally wouldn’t recommend it to anyone given the alternatives).

Based on what you’ve said, either NeoOffice or LibreOffice will be the best option for opening and converting your .wpd files; check them out and decide for yourself which you prefer :-) (The older version of NeoOffice is freely available and will convert WP docs just fine.)

Disclaimer: I’m a member of the WordPerfect-Mac community (and a co-author of some of the tools), a sometime-contributor to the libwpd project, a member of the NeoOffice Community Relations team, and generally a supporter, in no capacity, of The Document Foundation’s efforts to liberate the former code as LibreOffice.


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