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Date:      Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:23:05 -0700
From:      Chip Camden <sterling@camdensoftware.com>
To:        Lars Eighner <luvbeastie@larseighner.com>
Cc:        "freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.org" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>, scott mcclellan <rockabyeinn@yahoo.com>, Al Plant <noc@hdk5.net>
Subject:   Re: new to os
Message-ID:  <20110819042305.GD54831@libertas.local.camdensoftware.com>
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Quoth Lars Eighner on Thursday, 18 August 2011:
> On Thu, 18 Aug 2011, Al Plant wrote:
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> >Aloha Lars,
> >
> >You mentioned WP5 in this thread. I have some docs on disks that were=20
> >created in WP5. You know any FreeBSD based app like abiword that can rea=
d=20
> >them for transfer to a contemporary program?
>=20
> I don't know of anything.  If I recall correctly, abiword could open such
> files but made mincemeat of them - perhaps some progress has been made si=
nce
> I last tried.
>=20
> Since I still have my copy of WP5, I run it in dosbox and re-export file =
to
> a more widely supported format.  This is subject to the limitations of the
> time, so the conversion of special characters and formating is iffy and
> tables are almost guaranteed to be a mess.  I believe there is a dummy pr=
int
> driver for WP6DOS which prints WP6 documents to disc in pdf or ghostscript
> which can subsequently be printed to paper (or converted) with modern=20
> tools. There might be something similar for WP5, but in both cases this=
=20
> depends on
> having the original WP program to run in dosbox.
>=20
> Since intellectual property puts meat on my family's table, I naturally
> would not suggest that pirate copies of WP5 might be on the web somewhere.
>=20
> --=20
> Lars Eighner
> http://www.larseighner.com/index.html
> 8800 N IH35 APT 1191 AUSTIN TX 78753-5266
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I use libreoffice to open all my old WP files.  It's slow as a dog, but
at least it can read them.

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