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Word Processor Review

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Welcome to the DonationCoder comprehensive review of Modern Word Processors. In part one we look at the majors players; in part two we try out the second-tier contenders; part three examines the online word processors challenging the desktop heavy hitters.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part 1: MAJOR WORD PROCESSORS - Intro
OpenOffice.org/StarOffice
Microsoft Word 2007
WordPerfect X3

Part 2: SECOND-TIER WORD PROCESSORS - Intro
TextMaker
Atlantis
Papyrus WORD
AbiWord
Ability Write
EIOffice
PolyEdit
602 Text

Part 3: ONLINE WORD PROCESSORS - Intro
Google Docs
ThinkFree Office Write
Zoho Writer

Summary: Final Thoughts and Recommendations

Introduction, Part 1: Major word processors

If ever a maxim fit, one size does not fit all applies accurately to word processors. First rule: Choose your word processor according to your environment and needs, and inherent in that choice is choosing your format. Second rule: be happy with your choice, because statistics show you're not likely to change.

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Exhaustive Review--but no KWord--why?

This review looks at 14 word processing programs in three sensible categories. I admire the amount of work that went into this article.

In my early years as a high school computer science school teacher who did (and still does) enormous amounts of word processing, I used (and taught) Wordstar. Then WordPerfect for a few years. Then Microsoft Word. Now I use mostly (and teach) OpenOffice.org Writer. So I think I can say that the author gets it right most of the time.

But, KWord isn't included, and deserves to be in the "second-tier" category. Don't know why, and found no stated reason for its non-inclusion. Odd. Maybe I missed something.

Anyway, despite this omission, this it the best and most complete write-up of word processing software I've seen in some time.

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