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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 26, 2010 / 11 Nissan, 5770

WordPerfect Returns

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a move which might draw comments such as, "They're still publishing WordPerfect?," I can testify that, on March 23, Ottawa-based Corel Corp. launched a new version of the word processor which first saw commercial sales some 30 years ago. New, too, are the rest of the WordPerfect Office suite, which saw version X5, which stars what is more or less the fifteenth version of WordPerfect, or WP, bow at the FOSE trade show.


That Corel used FOSE, aimed at government users and those who work with them, as a launching pad should tell you something about the popularity of WP Office X5 and its predecessors: these are products which do have a following in the U.S. federal government and other agencies. Large numbers of attorneys also like WordPerfect, I'm told, because at least earlier editions were more lawyer-friendly than rival Microsoft Word.


While Microsoft Corp.'s category leading Microsoft Office suite is the chief competition, Corel Office X5 also bumps up against OpenOffice.org's offering as well as Sun Microsystem's StarOffice, the "commercialized" version of OpenOffice. That doesn't mean WP Office X5 is without potential; it's just a more crowded, and in some ways fragmented, field than it's been before.


For around $250 for the "standard" version, Corel says you'll get "WordPerfect X5; Quattro Pro X5 for spreadsheets, charts and graphs; Presentations X5 for creating and presenting slideshows and demonstrations; and WordPerfect Lightning for digital note taking." While Lightning is an intriguing application, it's not enough to move me to a particular office suite; the Corel presentation and spreadsheet software is very good, however.

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To counter Microsoft's super-popular Outlook software, which melds calendaring and e-mail functions, Corel Office users get "Mozilla Thunderbird for WordPerfect Office," which adds a popular Thunderbird calendar add-in, and some other customization, to the basic e-mail client.


Two other features stand out: "Enhanced PDF Tools," which Corel defines as "PDF creation out of each application, opening PDFs in WordPerfect, [and] creating archival and password protected PDFs." The other is the inclusion of Nuance PaperPort SE 12, a scanning solution that helps users worked with scanned-in documents, as well as files created with WP Office programs. Neither feature should be discounted, especially in a world where we're all flinging paper at each other with near reckless abandon — or maybe that's just in Washington. Being able to work with PDF files quickly and to be able to scan in, convert and use paper-based documents, are both helpful additions to an Office suite, ones I don't recall seeing in WP Office's rivals. (The PaperPort version supplied with WP Office does offer OCR support, but that's also built into the WordPerfect program itself, Corel said.)


In use, WordPerfect X5 is a very good word processor that includes a raft of templates for most business and personal needs, and has nice features such as "Make it Fit," that'll condense a letter that slightly runs over two pages into a one-page document. Corel claims the program is compatible with 60 different file formats, and is super-compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. That might ease the concerns some might have about being an "island" in a sea of Microsoft Office users.


For the home (or school) user, the purchase becomes somewhat more compelling: the "Home & Student" version, $99.99 list, contains the word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and "digital notebook" programs — no e-mail or PaperPort additions — but is $50 less than the Microsoft Office home/school product, which also lacks Microsoft Outlook.


WordPerfect X5, and the attendant office suite products, are solid competitors to the Microsoft range. They offer a good range of features, some nice extras, and prices that are competitive. However, Microsoft's products remain a powerful draw, particularly for things such as Outlook, which is such an attractive productivity tool that Microsoft is creating an Outlook for the Macintosh as part of the next rev of its office suite there.


Details on WordPerfect Office X5 can be found online at www.corel.com/wordperfect.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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