WordPerfect Suite 7

WordPerfect Suite 7 PC CD word processor spreadsheet scheduler presentations etc 

Application 

Windows 

Corel 

1996 

CD 

$11.99
Packaging
Neither WordPerfect nor Corel were ever accused of being slouches in the features department. In many areas, the WordPerfect Suite closely parallels Microsoft Office, with a top-notch word processor, spreadsheet, scheduler, presentation package and other business tools. As is typical with Corel offerings, the product goes somewhat over the top in terms of value-adding extras (would you believe 10,000 clipart images and 150 fonts, plus a selection of added utilities including Sidekick, QuickView Plus and Dashboard 95), but these extras are not the best reason to choose the package. After all, features are worthless if their usability is lacking. In general, this package succeeds admirably on the usability front. In the inevitable comparisons with Microsoft's Office suite, we would have to give the nod to Corel for a somewhat more elegant approach to common tasks.

For example, Microsoft Office uses a standalone taskbar, while Corel's suite uses the existing Win95 taskbar. While the advantage of having a second bar is the user's greater freedom to move the bar around the screen to a suitable position, using the standard Win95 taskbar interface seems a good choice to us, despite this reviewer's personal dislike of the look of a taskbar littered with nearly a dozen tiny icons.

Similarly, Corel's inclusion of Starfish Software's SideKick 95 makes it a handy tool for anyone who needs to keep track of appointments, contacts and to-do lists. Although Sidekick 95 strikes us as a little sluggish, it is undoubtedly a better interface than that of Schedule 95.

The main attraction of WordPerfect Suite is, of course, its word processing prowess, and here we were quite delighted to find that the program is elegant and powerful. We have used virtually every version of WordPerfect over the years (including the little-seen Atari and Amiga versions that were the company's initial forays into the WYSIWYG arena), and it's safe to say that WordPerfect 7 is the easiest and most versatile version yet. The program has exceptionally strong Help (including multimedia tutorials that feature recorded audio and animated how-to sessions), plus an improved version of the feature, formerly known as Coaches, that walks you through common tasks, or alternately performs them for you.

WP7 has strong links to the World Wide Web, and we were able to use it as a WYSIWYG Web page editor without reading the manual, simply by using one of the "Do it for me" Wizards in the Help menu. Unlike some programs (PageMaker 6 comes to mind), WP7's "Web mode" disables all features that wouldn't translate properly to hypertext markup language (HTML), so pages are likely to display as intended, once posted onto the Net.

Another interesting feature is the program's emphasis on accessing online information. A Taskbar function called QuickTasks includes an option to "Read my Web Pages." This opens a Wizard-driven dialog that lets you add or remove pages of news, stock prices, comics or other information (several are provided) and read the data. Converting information from HTML is not as common as converting to it, but both are possible in WP7. There's even a Browse Connect function in the taskbar that displays a list of your Web browser's Bookmarks. When clicked, it launched our Netscape browser.

For Windows (32-bit Systems) [*Please review compatibility/platform sections in 'What You Get']

WHAT YOU GET:

This item is for the original media, and includes only the media (ie. CD, floppy ...) UNLESS specifically stated above and/or in the title. If more than just the media is included, it will state which items are (ie. box, manual, etc ). Items that come in a sleeve refer to a generic CD sleeve (typically white) and will be sent with shipping protection to avoid damage during transit. If available, we will also send the front and/or back CD inserts if in stock. If these are important to you, please message us to verify we have them available to send. Please do not assume items are included other than what's stated. Again, ask questions PRIOR to purchasing if you have any concerns.

IMAGES:

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COMPATIBILITY:

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PLATFORM:

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64-Bit Windows OS Systems:
For 64-bit Operating Systems, older games most likely will NOT work due to 64-bit systems not being able to run 16-bit programming code (most games prior to 2000). For DOS games, you may need to play it with a free DOSbox program.

Macintosh Systems:
For Macintosh programs, most older games will need to be run in Classic Environment if you have a MAC OS X 10.0 - 10.4 version. Please research Google on how to do this, or send us a message for information prior to purchasing. If your MAC OS system doesn't support Classic Environment (ie. MAC OS X 10.5 or Higher OR Intel Macs), you will have to try running it using the free program called SheepShaver, but compatibility is not ensured. Please research prior to purchasing or ask questions.

MEDIA FORMAT:

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A SMOOTH PURCHASE:

  • Ask questions PRIOR to purchasing an order to avoid any confusion.
  • Be patient if there are problems during installation or gameplay. Typically someone else has already ran into that problem and has listed a solution online. Contact us and we will do our best to help.
  • Be sure to update your video card drivers and search for updates to the game from the manufacturer.


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