Topic: Windows 3.1 Word Processor (Read 4373 times)
Windows 3.1 Word Processor
« Thread started on: Aug 20th, 2006, 09:17am »
I need a serious word processor for 3.1 that can be used in a business setting. I would really like something with .doc reading formats. The best would be an editor for Final Draft (.fdr?) script documents. I am in that business and I could really use some support.
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Re: Windows 3.1 Word Processor
« Reply #1 on: Aug 23rd, 2006, 8:05pm »
AMI PRO springs to mind as one of the business WP of yesteryear. I still use Lotus Word Pro (which was developed from AMI PRO). There was a 16 bit version which seems to be indentical to the 32 bit version. It will save documents into RTF (amongst other formats) which can then be opened by any other WP in use today.
and use whatever word processor you wanted or just request customers to use ASCII or RTF since those are practically universal formats whereas MS Word formats are proprietary and are not even the same through all versions of MS Word.
Lotus SmartSuite for Windows 3.1 had Ami Pro and then the newer version had Word Pro (which could export files as HTML) both also had Lotus Organizer and 1-2-3 and Approach but probably the last major software suite published for Windows 3.1 would have been WordPerfect Suite 7 Legal Version. If you're searching eBay, be sure to verify that it is the Windows 3.1 version and not the Windows 95 version; the 16 bit version has "for Windows 3.1x" on the box.
ClarisWorks 3.0 could also work depending on your word processing needs if used in conjunction with "Conversions Plus 4.5", although with the conversion software you could even use an old Win 3.1 version of MS Office or MS Works. I believe that only Lotus Smartsuite and WordPerfect Office Suite for Win 3.1 are Y2K compliant but if you are only using the word processor, it doesn't really matter.
At the risk of voicing heresy, unless you're using a 386, maybe you should upgrade the OS to Win95 or Win98 which would allow you to use Open Office (free) or Star Office 7 (cheap) which can open most MS Word Doc files without the need for conversion software. If you do choose the OS upgrade path, I would stress that those two OS'es really need to be tweaked and fine tuned for security and performance. An essential read would be "Optimizing Windows" (O'Reilly Publications) by David L. Farquahar and 98Lite will allow you to run a modified version of Windows 98 on a lowly 486 with good performance.
Too bad you could not go with a DOS solution since Enable OA is abandonware (free) and is quite a powerful integrated suite; however, it has a steep learning curve and is not for the faint hearted.
(Warning: the website appears to be a religious anti-abortion site, I provided the link only because they show a step by step example of how they use this free integrated DOS office suite to link with more modern software. I neither condone nor condemn here, I am just referring to their superior knowledge of using Enable OA)
also discusses the power of this integrated DOS office suite and there is a mailing list to help users out. Pity that your Word Processing needs were not simpler since Yeah Write gets some pretty good reviews for a word processor that doesn't get in your way: