From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: The big wordprocessor debate! For many years, people have been arguing about which wordprocessor is the best for the BBC, these have usually been biased to the persons favourite, which I assume is a fair point because people generally don't advocate in favour of things they don'tlike! In my youth, with an Acorn Electron I often used Mini Office because it was the only word-processor I had. Later on, at school on the BBC Micros I also used Mini Office a lot and was introduced to Wordwise which I quickly changed to my wordprocessor of preference. When I had a BBC B to myself I abandoned Mini Office in favour of wordprocessors which didn't need to be loaded from tape!
These were Mini Office II which I
hardly ever used, View which I used a
bit more than Mini Office 2 but still
not much and finally Wordwise + which
I used almost every time I used the
My liking of Wordwise back then was mainly due to the fact that it producedpure ASCII text files which are useful if you don't have a printer for the fancy stuff. Aside from that I also used it to edit BASIC and LOGO programs, speed was the major factor here and Wordwise + definitely has it. Now that I have a BBC Master, Mini office won't work, not that I'd use it anyway. I have Edit, View and Wordwise + plugged into the machine and I must confess now that I have no favourites inasmuch as I like them all for what they do. When I am editing Basic programs I generally use EDIT. When I am writing program documentation or creating text files I normally use Wordwise + unless the files use control characters, then I use EDIT. I also sometimes use Wordwise + when chatting to deaf friends. Wordwise + is also quite useful when printing labels as printer commands can be easily embedded in the text. When I am writing letters I usually use View because of the ease of formatting and I don't lose the text if I press Break! Recently I have discovered SideWriter which I often use when debugging programs because it is inobtrusive and always available. Edword has been gathering dust since I got it many years ago, Pendown never really had a chance, Folio was used a few times a long, long time ago Stop Press needs documentation, Wordwise + 2 won't work in Sideways ram so it needs blowing onto an EPROM. Interword eats into valuable RAM space. I have another 10 or so wordprocessing packages for the BBC each of which is never used for various reasons. Overall, I don't think that you can assign the title of best wordprocessor to any particular program because they are all so different in their strengths and weaknesses.
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