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WordPerfect Office 12 Student & Teacher Edition

by Corel
Windows 98 / 2000 / XP


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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Amazon.com: 2.6 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wordprocessing software 25 Aug. 2004
By Jason P. Gold - Published on Amazon.com
I don't have much use for anything in the suite except WordPerfect. I've been using WordPerfect since before Windows, when it had a blue or a green screen, displayed mostly ASCII characters, there were no fonts except courier, and laser printers cost a small fortune. I work for a number of attorneys -- WordPerfect is the software of choice for wordprocessing in most offices I've worked in because, in my opinion, it is the better product for the job. It may also be because WordPerfect has been around for so long that everyone just migrated without changing. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

When WordPerfect came out, it took over the market. When MicroSoft came out with Word, I had the feeling they did everything they could to make it different from WordPerfect just to use their power in the industry to take over the wordprocessing market, just like MicroSoft did with every other good software idea to come along. (e.g., Mozilla/Netscape, Norton Utilities.) I hate Microsoft's stupid animated paperclip -- it makes me feel like a 7 year old. "It looks like your writing a letter ..." Go away! It was amusing to watch it roll itself up and spit itself through some imaginary pinch rollers when you print a document. But only once. I want to tell MicroSoft to wrap that annoying the paperclip around their cable modems!! I'm an adult!

I have two versions of Word and WordPerfect 5, 7, 8, 10 and 12. (I just threw out 5.2 for Windows and 7 when I moved.) I use the MicroSoft product only when absolutely necessary -- usually because someone else needs the document in that format.

The reason I like WordPerfect so much is that it types more like a typewriter. You can set up and use styles if you want, but you can also just hit the tab button to indent the first line of a paragraph. If you want to change the margins for the entire document, you simply change the margins. The rest of the document follows the change. You don't have to change each paragraph.

In addition, you can get to the formatting codes. Hit Alt-F3 and the screen splits in half and displays all of the format codes -- bold, underline, tabs, indent codes, line spacing, column on and off, etc. Then you know exactly what you have done and fix and format it easily. This ability has proven useful on several occasions when clients, who insist on using Word for legal documents, cannot cajole Word to put their unruly documents into the format they want. (This is particularly true when using OCR with scanned or faxed documents.) By opening the Word document in WordPerfect, I have been able to use "Alt-F3" to identify the errant codes and quickly repair them. WordPerfect can then save the document in Word/RTF format with the problems fixed.

Working with columns is also easier. You turn on columns and tell it how many colums you want, set the width of each, and the space between them, and away you go. You have four types of columns to work with -- newspaper, balanced newspaper, parallel and parallel with block protect. It handles columns much better. I've tried the other software, and if you change text or printers, you can never get the columns to line up the way you want it. With Word, each colum change or page change seems to introduce new control codes, and a complete set of formatting, and you can never get it back the way you want it. I once tried to scan in a list of names and addresses which were in two or three columns into Word. Each name and address was placed in its own text box. I could never work with it.

The most prominent change between WP 10 and 12 is the workspace manager which allows you to switch between legal mode, original (classic) WordPerfect 5.1 mode (with the blue screen), legal mode, standard WordPerfect for Windows mode and Word mode. They have also included the ability to publish to Adobe PDF, HTML, and RTF/Word formats.

This is full featured software, and does everything I need. It handles tables, tables of content, tables of authorities, column sorts -- everything I need in a law office. Graphics can be dropped in with a click of the mouse. I'm considered to be almost an expert, and there is a lot I don't know!

Take time to get to know the software and you'll be glad you purchased it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like WordPerfect better than MIcrosoft Word 8 July 2005
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
I like the way this program looks and functions better than Microsoft Word. Some times with Microsoft word they make indentations automatically because it's trying to save you time and effort but that's not what I want it to do and it's annoying. Honestly, I don't know what the more popular microsoft word offers that the Word Perfect 12 office doesn't. Word Perfect 12 is 1/2 the price. Good value!! I actually own both of them but if I had to delete one of them it would be the microsoft word.
1.0 out of 5 stars ... is not compatible with the newer version of Word Perfect 12 so if you think you're getting a great ... 3 Feb. 2015
By Elizabeth Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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It is not compatible with the newer version of Word Perfect 12 so if you think you're getting a great deal don't spend your money.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Software CD missing. 17 Sept. 2009
By Larry Bradford - Published on Amazon.com
The seller, Lighthouse Media in Tracy Iowa, only sent me the manual. Before I bought the product he confirmed all 3 installations were still available but the software CD didn't arrive. Upon contacting him, he couldn't find it to supply it. Amazon refunded my money promptly. So needless to say, I can not provide a review for this product.
5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Price reflects quality 19 Aug. 2005
By Merrifield Winters - Published on Amazon.com
I know this is an unpopular stance, but I believe there is no comparison of this product to MS Word, MS Office or Sun Star Writer 7.0 for that matter.

WordPerfect does contain valuable legal capabilities and also great handling of long documents and books. On the other hand it contains only two useful programs, Quattro and WordPerfect for its still rather steep price.

Quattro is a nice addition to the world of spreadsheet data processing, but it offers so few benefits over its counterpart Excel (i.e Fourier transform, eigenvalue/eigenvector) that it is questionable as to why anyone outside of Ottawa would buy it. Indeed, Microsoft provides Word Legal to provide all features that WP vaunts.

On the positive side, the reveal codes feature is kind of a neat toy that Word 2003 and Sun Star 7.0 have also provided. WordPerfect has no capability to edit HTML texts in an effective manner. Sun's product is even better than this even though it is usually used as a LAN product and not necessarily a web editor.

WordPerfect and Quattro Pro reflect cut-rate products at a cut-rate price. I would recommend Sun Star Office 7.0 or Word 2003 instead. It seems that the low price would indicate a bargain because of the WordPerfect name, but Word, Excel and Star simply have have more features.

It doesn't seem wise to me to save money on the future of your business success. I recommend that the shopper buy something else.
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