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New look WordPerfect released

Holy F7! Corel's Office attack continues
Wed Jan 18 2006, 08:33
COREL'S attack on Microsoft Office continued in a long long war with the release of a new look WordPerfect and major releases of its Draw graphics suite.

WordPerfect X3, has some better interoperability with PDF files which allows users to convert PDF documents into WordPerfect.

Corel spinners enthused that it has been possible to create PDFs but now the whole operation is a two way thing.

Microsoft has just got around to allowing its office users to save documents to PDF and that only came after its customers threatened to hold their breath until they turned blue.

However, the new WordPerfect stops short of supporting the new OpenDocument standard. This will put it in the same boat as Microsoft if the standard is widely adopted by US government departments.

A SpokesCorel said that WordPerfect will only support OpenDocument if its customers demand it. This is a bit odd because WordPerfect's main following is among legal companies and government agencies who are touted to be looking seriously at OpenDocument.

WordPerfect Office X3 has a new e-mail client which now allows users to save their documents without metadata.

WordPerfect Office Professional edition (with the word processor, Paradox database, Quattro Pro spreadsheet, presentation software, and e-mail) will set you back $179. µ


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