Why the different word processors? I didn't even know somebody was still making/supporting WordPerfect. Last I heard it was Corel. Still them?
All of my clients are in the US government, and some government agencies still use WordPerfect. Fortunately most of my clients have switched to Word, which makes my life MUCH easier, but every year it seems I have to do at least one job in WordPerfect. Word will open WordPerfect files, but sometimes I'm required to edit in WordPerfect using its (lousy) revision tracking tools. Yes, Corel still makes it and apparently there are still millions of people using it. One of my friends works as a translator and editor, and he swears by WordPerfect. I just swear at
it! Even the latest version has more bugs than the Amazon rainforest.
Have you looked into OpenOffice any?
I haven't, because I'm worried about compatibility problems. If I were only writing, it wouldn't be an issue, but much of my work involves editing. For example right now I'm editing a 700-page technical report written by seven authors and 30 contributing authors, all of whom are using Word. Their files are formatted inconsistently. I've had to reformat all the chapters from scratch as they come in, change all the styles, and then edit them. All of my edits have to be tracked, and we need to insert references using Reference Manager (similar to EndNote), plus there are dozens of graphs, tables, and figures. We also use Word's cross-referencing and footnote features, bookmarks, etc., and I have a suite of editing plug-ins for Word that I use to take care of common problems with one click of the mouse (changing straight quotes to curly ones, changing two spaces between sentences to one, etc.) I can't afford any compatibility issues in a project this complex. I might try testing OpenOffice sometime when work is slow, but work in fact is hardly ever slow!