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/// WORDPERFECT 6.0 WINDOWS! STR FOCUS! Word Perfect for Windows Announced!
Reprinted from STReport
WORDPERFECT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES WORDPERFECT 6.0 FOR WINDOWS
New product is completely customizable
and makes the most of the Windows environment
WordPerfect Corporation announced WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows, the
next release of its best-selling Windows word processor. WordPerfect 6.0
for Windows offers everything needed to create professional-looking
documents including: powerful word processing, drawing, charting,
spreadsheet functionality within tables, and direct integration with other
Windows applications. The product is scheduled to ship fourth quarter
"WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows has been completely rewritten to give
users the best in Windows word processing," said Alan Ashton,
president and CEO of WordPerfect Corporation. "Virtually every
feature in the product has been improved or enhanced in some way.
These improvements are the result of thousands of user requests,
feedback from focus groups, and extensive usability testing."
WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows is designed to give users complete
customization, the easiest transition to Windows, and a product that makes
the most of the Windows environment.
Interface. WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows is fully customizable so users can
personalize their word processor for any environment or task. Virtually
all aspects of the interface can be customized: Button Bar, Power Bar,
Ruler Bar, status bar, keyboards and menus. Users can also select Hide
Bars for a clean screen, but still have access to the main menus when
placing the mouse pointer at the top of the screen.
Button Bar. The Button Bar is the most versatile interface tool, giving
users access to any WordPerfect feature or macro with a click of a button.
The Button Bar can be placed anywhere on the screen or as a floating
palette. Users can display buttons with icons, text, or both, and can
create their own icons and text. Users can create as many Button Bars as
they like and display up to three rows of buttons. The product ships with
sample Button Bars for specific tasks such as graphics, tables, outlines
and page layout, as well as context-sensitive bars that will change
according to task.
Power Bar. The Power Bar contains icons for quick access to the most
common formatting tasks. The Power Bar remains at the top of the screen
and users can customize the bar by selecting from 81 options. When placing
the mouse pointer over any Power Bar icon, help prompts appear at the top
of the screen to explain the icon's function.
Templates. Templates revolutionize word processing by giving users a
quick and easy way to create professional-looking documents. WordPerfect
6.0 will ship with ExpressDocs, more than 45 predefined templates for fax
forms, memos, newsletters, and more. ExpressDocs are more than customized
documents they are interactive and can prompt users for information such
as the name and fax number on a fax cover sheet. Users can edit these
templates, or create their own with customized menus, styles, Button Bars,
keyboards, abbreviations and macros.
"Customization of the interface and templates gives users enormous control
of their working environment, letting them personalize WordPerfect 6.0 for
Windows to work the way they want to work," said Todd Titensor, product
marketing director of WordPerfect for Windows. "Corporate users will
benefit by being able to create standard interfaces and documents to
automate company tasks and maintain consistency."
EASIEST TRANSITION TO WINDOWS
Easiest Transition for WordPerfect DOS users. WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows
gives WordPerfect DOS users the easiest transition to Windows with feature
and file compatibility, as well as macro conversions. Users can write
macros that will work in both WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS and WordPerfect 6.0
for Windows. WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows also includes a WPDOS keyboard
"No other word processor makes it easier for WordPerfect DOS users to make
the move to Windows," said Titensor. "No other product offers better
compatibility with existing WordPerfect files and macros, or better
Coaches. Like a personal instructor, a Coach prompts a user through a
variety of common tasks with step-by-step instructions. Because Coaches
are written with WordPerfect's macro language, users can write their own
to add to the Help menu.
QuickMenus. Working in Windows is easier with context-sensitive
QuickMenus that are accessed by clicking the right mouse button virtually
anywhere in WordPerfect. For example, clicking the
right mouse button anywhere in a document presents a QuickMenu to change
fonts, spell check, or center text, while clicking the left margin
presents a menu to select text, change margins, or add comments to a
Preview Windows. Preview windows in dialog boxes let users see how
changes in a document--such as columns, margins and line spacing--will
look before making them.
MAKING THE MOST OF WINDOWS
Program Launching. Any Windows program or file can be placed on a Button
Bar for quick access from within WordPerfect. For example, a user could
drag the program file for Quattro Pro from the Windows File Manager to a
Button Bar and then be able to launch Quattro Pro while working in
WordPerfect. Or a user could place a Microsoft Excel file on a Button Bar
and with a click of a button launch Excel and load the file.
Direct Spreadsheet and Database Import. Spreadsheet and database
information can be linked via Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) or Object
Linking and Embedding (OLE), and can also be directly imported into
WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows. All leading spreadsheet formats and a variety
of database formats such as Paradox, dBase, Oracle, and popular SQL
servers are supported. Users can perform queries on database files to
extract only the
File Management. The powerful functionality of the WordPerfect File
Manager is now included in the Open File dialog box. With the File
Options button, users can copy, move, rename, delete, print, and change
file attributes, as well as create and rename directories. Files can be
displayed and sorted by filename, extension, size, date/time, and
descriptive name and type.
WordPerfect Draw. WordPerfect Draw contains the sophisticated drawing and
charting tools from WordPerfect Presentations including Bezier curves and
the ability to contour text on a curve. The charting module lets users
turn tables and spreadsheet data into a variety of charts: 3-D, bar,
line, area, hi-lo, pie, and exploded pie charts. WordPerfect Draw works
through OLE and is easily accessed by double-clicking any chart or graphic
image. WordPerfect Draw also supports the TWAIN standard for direct access
OTHER NEW FEATURES
Spreadsheet in Tables. WordPerfect is the only Windows word processor to
include advanced spreadsheet capabilities. The Tables feature contains
nearly 100 built-in formulas, numerical cell formatting, automatic
calculation, data fills, and named ranges.
QuickFormat. QuickFormat lets users extract formatting or styles from
text and quickly apply it to other text in a document. The mouse pointer
changes to a paint roller and lets users "paint" the formatting to
Bullets and Numbering. From the new Insert menu, users can select from
predefined bullets and numbering styles or create their own. Numbered
items are automatically renumbered if moved.
Abbreviations. The Abbreviations features will replace an abbreviation in
a document with a longer piece of information that can include text,
graphics, formatting--anything that can be placed in a document.
Borders. A wide variety of borders and fill patterns can be used for
paragraphs, pages, columns, tables, table cells, and graphic images.
Simplified Mail Merge. WordPerfect's powerful Merge feature has been
enhanced with an easy-to-use interface. The introductory Merge dialog box
includes the three elements of a merge--data file, form file, and
merge--with corresponding preview windows. Creating and editing data
files is easy using the Quick Data Entry dialog box. WordPerfect 6.0 for
Windows can directly use data files in other formats such as spreadsheets,
database, SQL, or ASCII text files. Users can also select specific records
to merge using a query by example interface. Corresponding envelopes can
automatically be created and appended to a merge file.
Document Management. The QuickFinder rivals standalone packages with some
of the fastest indexing and text retrieval in the industry. Users can
index directories or groups of files and perform nearly instantaneous
searches. The QuickFinder dialog box has been improved to include access
to Boolean operators, document components (such as first page only), case
sensitivity and word proximity.
Document Summary has been improved to include more than 50 document
summary fields such as author, subject, date and abstract. QuickFinder can
be used to search any of these summary fields. Document Comments can now
include name, initials, date stamps and time stamps, and be represented by
a colored icon in the left margin. Users can have specific colors so the
document can be circulated for editing. Document Compare has been improved
to compare by word, as well as by phrase, sentence and paragraph.
Graphics Editing. An Image Tools palette offers in-place graphics
manipulation to move, rotate, crop and size a graphic image. Users can
wrap text on both sides of a graphic image or contour text around
irregularly shaped objects.
STYLES. In addition to character and document styles, version 6.0 will
include paragraph styles so users can click anywhere in a paragraph and
select a style to affect the entire paragraph. Users can also create
styles by clicking anywhere in formatted text, then clicking the Styles
field on the Power Bar to give it a name.
PRICING AND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
The suggested retail price of WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows will be $495.
Upgrades from any DOS, Windows or OS/2 version of WordPerfect will be
available for $129. A competitive upgrade will also be available for $149
from any word processor with a suggested retail price of at least $395.
WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows will require a 386 machine or higher, at least
4M (preferably 6M) RAM and Microsoft Windows 3.1.