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The Jem Report: Comparing Word Processors

Sep 10, 2003, 07:00 (11 Talkback[s])
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"Word processing programs have come a long way since I first used WordStar on an old DEC CP/M machine back in the 80s. But despite the drastic difference between then and now, there is so little difference between today's offerings and those of three years ago. Word processing programs have more or less stagnated, and that has given small companies and open-source projects the advantage they needed to create excellent low-cost or free alternatives to the ubiquitous Microsoft Word.

"And there are many free alternatives, but the question is how heavy-duty are these programs? AbiWord and KWrite are outstanding for small documents, but lack the features necessary to really be productive in writing larger academic or professional projects. So in this article we're going to compare the features and benefits of the heavy hitters in the word processor world, both Free and proprietary, low-cost and high-cost..."

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