Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Manfred, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. Manfred macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2007
    North Carolina
    I am about to migrate (perhaps the better term is to graduate) to a Mac from years of using PCs.

    I have used WordPerfect for about 20 years. I love it. Over that time, I have built an impressive WordPerfect archive that I have no interest in converting to the inferior MSWord if I can help it.

    Unfortunately, as far as I can determine, there is no WordPerfect program for Macs (with the possible exception of an ancient version that probably will not recognize modern WordPerfect formats).

    I hate to mess with Parallels and XP to keep my WordPerfect, but I will if I have to. I will appreciate any words of wisdom and that anyone on this learned forum may have with respect to alternatives.

    (N.B.: I had hoped that iWork would recognize and write to WordPerfect, but I am told that it will not.)
  2. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I thought Appleworks uses WordPerfect? I thought it was bought out and merged. Check it out.

    Edit: Nevermind, it wasn't bought out. Sorry:(
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I think AbiWord supports WordPerfect (possibly requiring a plug-in).
  4. iEric007 macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2007
    Orange County, California
    You know, a while ago, I tried to look for a Mac WordPerfect version since my firm does legal pleadings on WordPerfect, but I couldn't find anything that would open them with the correct formatting and save them in the correct formatting. I tried AbiWord and I believe I even tried OpenOffice and I think they both open the documents, but they kind of mess up the formatting. I decided to stick with WordPerfect 10 on Parallels/Boot Camp but if anyone else here has another program that will open and save WordPerfect documents and retain the original formatting, I would also be interested and appreciative of any suggestion.

  5. northerngit macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    Give the following a try, I found it via Wordperfect's entry on Wikipedia...

    "WordPerfect Mac - free program download, hundreds of third-party files and links, support and discussion group for the Macintosh version, both PPC and Intel"


    also try, http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/wpdos/macintosh.html

    Check out the following for getting WPMac to run under OSX:




    Hope this helps!
  6. Manfred thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2007
    North Carolina
  7. tuokaerhp macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    Anywhere, Michigan
    Manfred, the last WordPerfect version supported on Macs was 3.5e and you need the special updater to run that on Mac OS 8.x or Mac OS 9.x.x. You may be able to get away with using that verson of WP on new Intel Macs by running it in an emulator, such as, SheepShaver or Basilisk II. These emulators will mimick(sp?) a Mac capable of running older Mac operating systems and WP 3.5e. What you may have to do is, whether using Mac or Windows version of WordPerfect, save the documents in version 3.5e format and open them up in WP3.5e running in the emulator and go from there.

    The other option(s) would be to open the WP documents in Mac Link Plus Deluxe, save in another format and use another word processing suite to open it, or go open source by using OpenOffice. It's your choice.

    73s :apple:
  8. vtuniversal macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2007
    I've had great luck with using NeoOffice to read and edit Wordperfect files. That's essentially all I use it for. It's a nice, free alternative.
  9. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Same here. I have one client that sends all their documents in WP format. It was worked perfectly for me, but the documents I get have limited formatting.

    I suggest trying OpenOffice on your PC. If you like the way it handles WP documents on your PC, there's a good chance you'll like the way NeoOffice handles WP docs on your Mac.
  10. pellucid.ear macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
    Keyboard issues using Wordperfect X3/Parallels

    I'm running Parallels on OS-X Leopard to run XP so I can have WordPerfect. I'm running WordPerfect X3. WordPerfect works fine, except that the keyboard commands my hands know so well, such as double indent, are not available and I have to resort to menus. I've tried "do not map" in Parallels' keyboard menu but it does not accomplish the result. Any fix for this?
  11. deef macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2007
    After trying various options, I've found that Nisus Writer Pro does the best job of importing - it uses the same importer as AbiWord. More thoughts are here:

  12. AJBenergy macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2009
    Any 2009 update to the Wordperfect-Mac challenge?

    Manfred, what did you wind up doing 2 years ago? I make the switch to Mac in about a week, and I hate to lose the productivity edge that WP and its reveal codes features have given me -- not to mention the macros developed over the years.

    Sourceforge offers a couple open source options, but the really good ones turned out to be ideas with no workers.

    In the meantime I will run down the options which the other posters on this thread have mentioned.
  13. dmanister macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2010
    Wordperfect fonts for Mac Photoshop

    I rely heavily on WP fonts for Photoshop work. WP Math A, WP Phonetic and WP Icon are the ones I need and now I'm out of luck. I'm running OS X 10.4 and I can't find any substitutes for the character sets of those fonts in any Mac fonts.

    This is a big loss! Any ideas will be welcomed.
  14. jbh001 macrumors member


    May 14, 2003
    Linux WordPerfect 8.0 on Mac OS X 10.6?

    Is is possible to run the Linux version of Wordperfect on Mac OS X on and Intel Mac?
  15. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    How? the Linux version would try to call the linux system calls which don't exist on OSx.
  16. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    If running WP is this important to you, I suggest running it on a Mac using Bootcamp or one of the other windows-on-mac approaches.

    Otherwise, bite the bullet and start using word. Get one of the programs above so you can convert. Word has improved a lot in recent years and is much closer (although different) to WP.
  17. jbh001 macrumors member


    May 14, 2003
    I've been reading reports about how both OSes are POSIX compliant, and in some cases Linux programs can be ported to Mac OSX using FINK or other programs. I'm curious about the possibilities of this with the Linux version of WordPerfect (8.0).

    I'm tired of using Parallels or RDP to use Wordperfect on the Mac. I use MS Word at work, but still prefer WP to Word, OpenOffice, or Pages.

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