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A bunch of semi-Mac-related Wordperfect tips
Authored by: victory on Aug 29, '06 01:40:57PM
Nice hint!

I won't waste time here trying to describe to others exactly why some businesses/individuals still use a 20+ year old word processing app, but suffice to say that there are a few industries that still regard WP5.1 (for DOS!) as their standard document format. Here are a few random tips for those who still need to work with WP-formatted documents under OSX in some capacity:

- A Spotlight plugin that can look into WP documents. Of course, you'll still need some way (such as the parent hint) to actually view the documents your search has found.

- If you're willing to go through the trouble of running Classic(PPC) or SheepShaver(PPC+Intel), the last version of WordPerfect ever made for the Mac (v3.5.x) is still available as a quasi-legal download on the web, possibly because of its legacy status.

- If you're in a situation where you actually need to run WP5.1 for DOS on your PPC-based Mac, both VirtualPC and the free DOSBOX emulator provide acceptable solutions.

- Here's a good page of info about Wordperfect for DOS. Granted, none of the info is really Mac-specific, but it does outline another method for bringing WP documents into the 21st century -- setting up a legacy WP installation with a Postscript printer driver, capturing the output to a file which is then converted to PDF. (Don't forget that under OSX 10.4, both Preview.app and /usr/bin/pstopdf work with Postscript files)

- AFAIK, only pre-OSX versions of Microsoft Word had an importer plugin to open WordPerfect files. (Am I wrong? It would be great if MS-Word under OSX could open native WP files...)

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