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Incremental update, but some nice touches

  • May 26, 2010
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Let's start off with the bottom line:

If you're using version X3 or below, you absolutely want to upgrade to X5. You'll gain some great new features.

If you're using X4 there's no urgent reason to upgrade. Yes, X5 has some new and useful features, but the upgrade will yield more of a "that's nice" reaction rather than a "wow!" reaction.

If you're using Word, Open Docs or something else, don't work in a law office or need to do moderate to advanced layout for documents, you'll probably want to stick with what you know and have.

Full review:
I'm a huge WordPerfect fan. Been using it since the days of DOS and floppies (dating myself here) and find it to be an outstanding product for the type of work I do (lots of long technical documents with extensive tables and charts, and layout for complex PDF forms for data capture). I also use Word 2007 (have to for some clients) and find WP to be far more capable.

I've been using X4 since it came out and have found it to be excellent. X5 builds on the features of X4, but the changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Improvements I've found so far are better import of PDFs (although it still gags on graphics-heavy PDFs), better import and export of Word format docs, a bit speeder operation when dealing with huge documents, and a much improved help system that actually gets you the info you need when you ask for help. They've ditched the WP-brand mail application and replaced it with Thunderbird. I've been a T-bird user for many years and love it, and appreciate that it's now part of the suite. If you've never used T-bird you will want to check it out (it's a free download and you don't need X5 to use it).

I also saw some improvements in WP Lightning. I've really found this to be a helpful application for capturing a screen shot and turning it into a JPG in just a couple of clicks. Really comes in handy, and it works very well.

Web integration is a new feature in X5 but it's not something I do much of, so I can't really give an informed opinion. I tried out the sample, and it pulls in web-based data and puts it into your WP document. I don't have a need for that in my work, but it seems to function just fine.

The software comes with an honest to goodness printed manual. I know it is more "green" to provide documentation on disk, but I do so prefer using a printed book. A very nice touch.

I hardly ever use the spreadsheet or presentation applications in WP (I have too much invested in Excel and PowerPoint to switch) so I can't comment on what has changed with those. I see that the spreadsheet (Quattro) retains the ability to export a DBF file, a feature that was removed from Excel 2007 and missed by those of us with legacy database applications. I find Quattro also handles text-based data better than Excel (parsing, combining, etc.).

X5 also comes with Nuance Paperport, which gives you some basic tools to work with PDF files. I need to use the Adobe Acrobat Advanced package for my applications, so the Nuance software is not useful for me. But, if you have basic needs such as annotating PDFs, the Nuance applications are just fine and can save you the cost of the pricy Adobe software.

Lastly, WP has improved the upgrade path. As before, the new version will not interfere with any older versions you may have on your PC (but you can have older versions be removed as an option during install). X5 includes some migration tools that help transfer over any customization you've made to an older version. It's not perfect, but it did save me a lot of time.

I fear the days of WP are limited since they are squeezed by Microsoft on one side, and free applications on the other. Hopefully there will be an X6 in the future. If not, WP fans will be served well for years to come with this version. Happy typing!

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