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Word Processors

I Have a fairly old version of microsoft office but these days I only use it as a simple word processor.
I Cannot justify purchasing the latest version. Can anyone recomment a cheap or free word processor that has the ability to read microsoft documents irrespective of the version on which it was created. ?
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Re: Word Processors

http://www.openoffice.org/ it even opens docX and saves them in standard .doc format
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Re: Word Processors

There is a free Word Reader from Microsoft.
You can then cut and paste into whatever you finally decide on.
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Re: Word Processors

I wanted a program to read Microsoft Publisher 95 or 98 documents which are .pub but Open Office does not do this..... Cry  Cry
( I wanted it because I want to switch to Linux Mint , and I needed to access my former documents.....)
Fortunately I have a Lotus Smartsuite 97 . Giveaway CDrom, from a magazine.... (on the flash it says "as sold for £374 ! ! Cheesy
By using the Lotus Word Pro, it is possible to read the .pub file, then re-save it as an ODF or any other type of document file.... that can be read by Open Office. Wink
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I didn't know that - goes away to see if he still has that CD (bet I threw it out though  Sad)
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CORRECTION ! ! ... Undecided
Actually Lotus Wordpro can`t read the .pub file...... BUT... if you open the original .pub file, then click Save AS..... then check the little box at the bottom left of the window, [ save all text as file ]  and choose .Rich Text File  and then save.... you can then open the .rtf file in other progs, and Lotus Wordpro 97 can do that...
(Possibly Open Office can do that.. .. .. .. .. .!  )
Just checked....... and it can..... so no need for Lotus on this one ! ! !...   (what fun.... !  Grin Grin Grin )
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Waldo
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Re: Word Processors

For simple word processor AbiWord is worth a look.
i can't say how well it deals with Microsoft documents; probably depends on the complexity of said docs.
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Microsoft produce a compatibility pack that enables older versions of Office to read the newer formats:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displa...
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Yup - and as I found out - install that on an Office 2003 installation and suddenly you get all the Office 2007 security patches as well
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Microsoft produce a compatibility pack that enables older versions of Office to read the newer formats:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displa...

BUT.... does it work the other way round.... i.e. newer versions of DTP can read older versions ? ? ?
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It doesn't work for publisher at all
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Have you tried my "workaround" , on .pub files ?
open the .pub file
then re save it
save as
check the box, bottom left (save as all text file) and choose an alternate ....e.g. Rich Text Format
click save...
then open in OO to edit/print if necessary
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Re: Word Processors

Only one problem with that
Without a Publisher you can't open it in the first place  Shocked
The only person I know who still uses it uses CutePDF to save the result as a pdf so that other people can open it when she circulates it