Summary: Microsoft has yet to announce pricing for upcoming editions of Office 2010, but they will undoubtedly be more expensive than corresponding versions of WordPerfect Office. On the other hand, budget-minded users have more free options than ever these days, so Corel WordPerfect Office X5 is unlikely to draw legions of new customers on price alone. But it should keep traditional Corel fans in the fold.
Corel WordPerfect Office X4 Standard Edition review
24 April 2008
Summary: Price-conscious buyers are more likely to look at completely free competitors such as
and IBM Symphony. Nevertheless, WordPerfect keeps its best features and adds enough new ones to keep current users satisfied - and its increased compatibility with
is worth the Â£135 upgrade fee.
Conclusion: Longtime legal, government, and academic WordPerfect users get more flexibility, PDF importation, and WordPerfect's consistent file format.
Pros: Full-featured office suite without Microsoft-related security risks; can output files in Microsoft Office formats; PDF export and import; tight control over formatting and long documents; full-featured legal and long-document support; mail client with full indexing.
Cons: Mail program not integrated into the rest of the suite, relatively low-impact graphics.
Corel WordPerfect Office X3 Standard Edition (2007)
16 March 2007
Conclusion: It's mostly going to appeal to WordPerfect's long-standing legal, academic, and professional audiences, but Corel's Office suite is definitely worth a look if Word's peculiarities get on your nerves.
Pros: Full-featured, low-cost office suite with superb control over long documents and page layout. PDF import and export. Powerful, reliable spreadsheet and presentation programs. Mail program with built-in indexing.
Cons: Cluttered interface. Minor inconveniences in the word processor. Generally less powerful than Office 2007.
Summary: We found WordPerfect Office X4 to be rich in features, but somewhat clumsy in execution.
Pros: Includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, note-taking, email and graphics applications, Supports more than 60 formats including ODF and files from Microsoft Office 2007 and earlier, Handles PDF/A as well as OCR in PDFs, Strong tools for legal and long documents Security features, Upgrade doesn't change overall look and feel
Cons: Can be clumsy to learn for those used to Microsoft Office 2007, Integration among applications is limited, Some functions are hard to find, Costs a significant amount
Summary: Minor irritations aside, we think people who use their PC for business -- and who are looking for a real productivity-suite upgrade -- might very well find what they need in Corel WordPerfect Office X3.
Pros: All five principal apps -- that's WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Mail, Presentations and Presentations Graphics -- are first-rate
Cons: It will surreptitiously add Yahoo Toolbar to your browser during setup; InstallShield Update Manager puts itself in Windows' startup list and resides in the system tray
Summary: Price-conscious buyers are more likely to look at completely free competitors such as OpenOffice.org and IBM Symphony. Nevertheless, WordPerfect keeps its best features and adds enough new ones to keep current users satisfied - and its increased compatibility with Microsoft Office is worth the upgrade fee.
Pros: Good compatibility with Microsoft Office documents and other formats (including ODF), ability to edit PDFs, usual WordPerfect features such as Reveal Codes, interface consistent with previous versions, optical character recognition for PDFs that contain scanned-in images of text
Cons: Not that much cheaper than Microsoft Office, PDF editing useful for rescuing text but probably not much more than that, Quattro Pro can't compete with Excel 2007's charts, irritating features such as its inability to have more than nine documents open at once