Computer programs for the creation of text documents, intended to be printed and viewed by people. Although there are still machines dedicated only to word processing, most word processing is performed on general-purpose computers using word processing software. Most word processing programs allow text editing, word wrap and centering, search and replace, text move and copy, layout settings such as margins, line spacing, font changes, underlining, boldface, italics, headers, footers, page numbers, print preview, and similar functions, dedicated to affecting the look of the content after printing. Many allow insertion of graphics, or clip art.
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An open source (freeware) word processing program.
Virtu Software offers this fully configurable tool that provides insertion of accented letters, Spanish and French punctuation; also Greek letters, wingdings, and math symbols are provided.
Features WYSIWYG editing, encryption, multiple user settings, and a wide variety of directories for spell-checking.
Windows or DOS program with text extractor, bit editor, search, and multi-level undo.
Complete handbook compiler for writing, arranging and producing handbooks or other structured documentation. Features include output to Rich Text Format and Basic HTML, built in thesaurus, graphics and object scaling and automatic updates via the Internet.
A program for all word processing applications to add accented characters to text. Especially suitable for language departments in educational establishments.
Freeware tool for extensible, structured and WYSIWYG technical documents. Can also be used as an interface to computer algebra systems.
Create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer.
Features include RTF and DOC support, OLE support, tabbed document access, spell check, page breaks, print preview, clipboard history, online reference bar.
Meant for typing in English along with Indian languages, such as DevNagri Script with a planned Gujrati version.
Developers of academic writing and research tools, such as Scholar's Workstation, Nota Bene, Ibidem, Orbis, Ibid, and Lingua Workstation; Site provides online brochure, support, downloads, pricing and FAQs.
Freeware word processor. It has features specifically designed for writers of novels, short stories, articles, poetry, plays and screenplays.
SpeedType Transcription Software
A Windows-based text storage and transfer utility designed to work concurrently with other applications.
Creates Arabic-English and Urdu-English documents for Windows platforms. Also, developers of Arabic Edit and Urdu Edit ActiveX controls.
Online store for small businesses that provides Microsoft Office templates and HTML email software.
ThoughtCo - WordStar—The First Word Processor
Released in 1979 by Micropro International.
Automatically completes words as you type. You can create shortcuts for a most frequently used phrases.
Typing aid program that integrates with most Windows applications. Site provides screen-shots, features list, online purchasing and a free trial version to download.
Makers of Global Writer, a multilingual tool and Global Office, an add-on to Microsoft Office to allow multiple language typing.
Allows users to create the same pieces of text over and over again.
A shareware notepad that will organize notes and ideas with hypertext links and multiple window editing, features printable notes with table of contents. [Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000]
Developer of Yeah Write!, a shareware text creator that uses a fill-in-the-blanks approach. [Win95/98/Me/NT/2000]
Word Processors: Stupid and Inefficient
Mainly a polemic in favor of TeX over word processors, but also providing a general idea of how traditional (non-desktop) publishing works and what professionals value (or dislike) in a publishing data format.
Designed for colleges and universities. Site provides online support, numerous downloads and additional information.
Create sections in the lefthand frame, enter the text in the full-size page area on the right. Navigate through large documents by inserting named bookmarks via the utilities menu.
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