Summary: WordPerfect Office 12 Small Business Edition is an affordable productivity suite with a powerful set of core applications--a good buy for smaller companies that don't import a lot of Microsoft Office documents.
Pros: The new e-mail client, image editor, and business templates complement Corel's strong set of productivity programs.
Cons: Some programs, including Paint Shop Pro 9 and Task Manager, could be better integrated with the rest of the suite. Suite doesn't include the new Paint Shop Pro X.
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: 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
Conclusion: Corel WordPerfect Office 2002 Standard Edition is definitely a viable and good alternative to Microsoft Office. It offers tons of great, unique features that make the suite powerful enough to be used in high demanding corporate environments to produce daily documents. Compared to its predecessor, a lot of work has been done by Corel engineers to improve the stability of the suite.
Pros: Extremely complete, Outstanding word processor, Powerful spreadsheet software, Much more reliable than previous versions, Good Value
Cons: CorelCentral 10 is a gadget, Corel Presentations 10 doesn't present enough new features, Quattro Pro 10 GUI isn't adapted at all to Windows XP