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When I looked at Corel WordPerfect Office 2002 (WPO), I recalled some of the earlier versions of the software I’d reviewed, and I wondered how much had changed, and whether these changes would impact the law office, or the average user. Well, I’ve got answers. Let’s have a look at what is “new and improved” in WPO. WHAT’S INSIDE WPO ships both a standard and professional edition. The Pro edition, which I refer to here, includes WordPerfect 10, Quattro Pro 10, Corel Presentations 10, CorelCENTRAL 10, Paradox 10, Language Module (i.e., writing tools), Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.2, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard 5.0, Bitstream Font Navigator 4.0, QuickView Plus 5.1.1, Net2Phone, and Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.05. The Standard edition contains everything but Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Paradox. Hardware requirements for WPO are as follows (with my test system in parentheses) � A personal computer with Pentium 166 MHz processor or equivalent (AMD 450 MHz) � Windows 95b (OSR2) � Windows 98/2000/NT 4.0 with SP6 or later, or Windows ME (Windows 2000 Pro) � 16 MB RAM with 32 MB recommended (64 MB) � 150 MB hard disk space although 250 MB is a typical install (17 GB) � CD-ROM drive (older 4×4 along with a Micro-Solutions CD-RW) � VGA Monitor (Optiquest 19″ color monitor WPO’s responsiveness using Windows 95b is reminiscent of the speed and reliability of WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, a still wonderful word processor. Microsoft’s Office XP includes Word 2002, but in this configuration will not run on Windows 95 systems. Overall, I’d say that WPO is a little slow to load, but seems to work well after loading. (This was also my experience with Sun’s StarOffice 5.2.) Users wishing to run WPO applications with Dragon NaturallySpeaking will need a minimum 266 MHz processor, Windows 98/ME/2000/NT4, 64 MB RAM, 300 MB hard drive space (although 400 MB is a typical install), CD-ROM drive, VGA Monitor, mouse or tablet, plus a 16-bit sound card or built-in audio input whose quality is equal to or greater than Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16. INSTALLATION WPO uses Microsoft’s Windows Installer, which, as standardized installations are rolled out to staff, is helpful to IT departments. The Desktop Application Director (DAD) is also part of the package. But if you are using Windows 2000 Pro and do not want DAD to load on startup, then do this: Logon as Administrator Launch Windows Explorer Browse to Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup on the drive where Windows 2000 is installed Remove the shortcut for DAD from here. Unfortunately, when I installed WPO, a template file, wp10US.wpt, became corrupt. I first noticed the corruption when I tried to use the “Ctrl+Del” keys to delete everything to the right of the cursor on a line (I have found this shortcut useful over the years while editing). Although the wp10US.wpt file was corrupt, WordPerfect 10 (WP 10) continued to load, but instead of the usual delete function, a simple “space bar” resulted. Only after receiving the kind assistance of a Corel Tech Support representative (on a Saturday no less) who told me to delete or rename the corrupt file, could I regenerate it. Since I prefer the more cautious approach, I chose to rename the file for recovery purposes in case anything worse happened. I’m pleased to report that WP 10 did recreate the template file and now everything is back to normal. Perhaps, in other circumstances, the Application Recovery Manager and Location Manager will be more useful. COMPATIBILITY WITH WORD Corel claims high-level compatibility with Microsoft’s Office 97/2000/XP. WPO 2002 also supports Open Document Management API (ODMA) standards, thus making it compatible with document management applications such as iManage, DOCS Open, GroupWise, and WORLDOX. A file format identical to earlier versions ensures backwards compatibility with users who have not yet upgraded to WPO. But while WP 10 can open old files, users of WP older than version 6 will not be able to open a WP 6/7/8/9/10 file unless it has been saved in the old format; thus WP 10 must “save as” the file in WP 5.1 format. For successful compatibility, Honolulu lawyer Nancy Grekin offers two helpful hints: � Since both programs read the other’s code better than they write it, open a WP document in Word rather than save it in Word format from WP. � You can always copy and paste from one application to the other. This isn’t great for whole documents, but it works for isolated sections, or in a pinch if you have to convert but don’t get good results reading converted documents, and you don’t mind a little time to recode some of the formatting. For more information, visit: http://www.hsba.org/sections/rpfs/blah.html OLD STANDBYS AND NEWBIES Beyond compatibility with older versions, many performance features from versions past, such as Reveal Codes, remain. So does Corel RealTime Preview, which first appeared in WP 9, and is one of my favorites — it enables users to preview formatting changes (such as fonts, lines, tables) before applying them to a document. Likewise, PerfectExpert helps users with many common tasks. At the same time, Corel has catapulted forward with a number of “newbies.” For starters, given that PDF is becoming the de facto document standard for distribution and the Internet, Corel has wisely configured WP 10 and Corel Presentations 10 to include an enhanced “Publish To PDF” feature so users can save files in Portable Document Format. Users who view the resulting PDF file will be very impressed with its quality and clarity. Other newbies include: HTML 4.0 import and export with Cascading Style Sheet support, a redesigned Ruler, more powerful Tables, an Align and Distribute tool, Zoom tool, Drop down underline, Drop down undo/redo, Printing keyboard lists, Improved Navigation (Go To and Browse By), Writing Tools and Reveal Codes in 2 Page View, Improved Merge (improved process, improved keyboard merge, increased fields per record), Improved Drop Caps, Improved Comments, Improved Outline, Bullets options, Document Review, Improved Text Selection, an Application Bar Language indicator, and PerfectFit toolbars that support large icons. Still other new application-specific features in WP 10 worth highlighting include more control over the tables and formulas in a document, and Variables, which insert a placeholder in multiple locations in a document and have WP 10 automatically fill in all instances of the variable with whatever text the user specifies. At first glance this looks like a simple “find and replace” function; however, a variable is something like a date, version number, client name, or contractual language. OTHER APPS AND UTILITIES Corel Presentations 10 creates slide-shows and drawings such as project proposals, interactive reports, interactive demos, multimedia presentations, flyers, signs and banners. New features include MP3/WMA sound support, animation with sound, animated GIF support, font embedding, font matching, slide footer, flash support, and large icon support. Enhanced features include PDF publishing, printing, and Microsoft PowerPoint filter enhancements. Corel Presentations 10, according to the manual, also “offers TrueDoc font-embedding technology and font-matching capabilities.” TrueDoc technology, which is also available in WP 10, is noteworthy for a number of reasons. For example, documents can be viewed or printed even if the computer/printer does not have the fonts installed that were used to create the document, electronic documents can be distributed that look the same to both writer and reader, and file compatibility can be increased in a multi-user environment. Quattro Pro 10, a spreadsheet program similar to Microsoft Excel, enables users to manage, analyze, report, and share data in order to make informed decisions by producing tables, financial forms, lists, databases, charts, and reports. As noted, there are a few new features in Quattro Pro 10 such as the AutoScroll tool. A new Error Bars feature graphically expresses the potential error amount for each data point in a chart, used to determine the uncertainty of a data point. Quattro Pro 10 helps users choose the best chart for their data with the Advisor, and the Chart Expert guides users through the required chart options in four steps. It also includes an AutoScroll tool to give regular mouse users a function similar to the Microsoft IntelliMouse. Finally, Quattro Pro includes four brand-new chart types and has enhanced High Low and Stock charts so users can select from a wider range of charts to draw the one that best represents the data. The new chart types are Histogram, Gantt, 2-D Surface, and Pie Of A Pie. The CorelCENTRAL Calendar has enhanced preferences and maintenance along with new groupware, schedule events, check for conflicts, assign tasks, open agenda, open as delegate, and select view. CorelCENTRAL Mail, the new e-mail component of CorelCENTRAL is slightly annoying in that you must launch it separately from CorelCENTRAL. Other than that, it appears to be a competent e-mail program. It works with both IMAP and POP3, allows for multiple mailboxes, and features sophisticated writing tools, an attachment preview using Quick View Plus, digital signatures, encryption, stationery, priority settings, return receipt, message tracking, emoticons, and tables. CorelCENTRAL also includes a new CorelCENTRAL Admin for creating and managing databases, adding and managing accounts for people, groups and resources along with “user permissions”. The CorelCENTRAL Address Book has also benefited from some changes: address book sharing, digital certificates, search bar, enhanced customize suffix and prefix, integration with Net2Phone, change passwords, vCard Import, and enhanced creation or opening of Address Books based on SQL or Paradox databases. New utilities in WPO include the Corel Application Recovery Manager, which helps users recover from most application failures without losing work, and the Location Manager, which makes certain that applications can start without errors even when key program files are damaged or missing. While good in theory, my experience with these utilities has been less so. Paradox 10, part of WPO Pro, is comparable to Microsoft Access, and is a relational database program that organizes, tracks, and retrieves information as well as creates sophisticated forms, charts, and reports to display information. Printing and HTML publishing enhancements abound, along with scanner and digital camera support, graphics and text filters, hot keys, and string lists. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the Corel Clipbook, which is described in the manual as “a multiple-clipboard utility that can be used with any application, including third-party applications, giving users significantly more functionality than with the Windows Clipboard.” I’ve since been told by a Corel representative that ClipBook will appear in the suite later this year when SP1 or SP2 is released. FINAL THOUGHTS Overall, I am pleased with WPO 2002. I particularly like its stability along with the Oxford dictionary writing tool. I found the printed manual (which is also available in PDF format), to be quite useful. As WordPerfect users have come to expect, there are loads of fonts, clip art, and photos on the two CDs, accompanied by a PDF Clip Art Reference file on the second CD. WPO Pro sells for $429 with an upgrade price of $249; WPO Standard sells for $339 with an upgrade price of $149. Stephen Bird is a Canadian lawyer and a Contributing Editor ofThe Lawyer’s PC , a newsletter for lawyers using personal computers that is published twice monthly in the United States by West Group of International Thomson (800-327-2665). You can contact Stephen via e-mail at [email protected]. This article originated in The TechnoLawyer Community, a free online community in which legal professionals share information about business and technology issues, products, and services, often developing valuable business relationships in the process. To join The TechnoLawyer Community, visit the following Web site: http://www.technolawyer.com.

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