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Shot97
Detroit, MI, USA

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by Shot97 Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:11 pm

motrucker wrote:I still use Final Writer 97 on my A2000. It's the best Amiga processor for my use. Up until this last move (5 months ago) I had this hooked to an HP 4M Laser printer, with excellent results (no color though, obviously).
The later word processors for the Amiga, would not work with a stock A500, or A1000, due to the lack of power of the 68000 CPU. IIRC, even Final Copy needed at least an '020, and 2.1 OS to work.



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Final Copy II on my Amiga 500 6800 with Workbench 1.3.

I always say everyone is going to be damn hard pressed to find even a handful of "commercial" releases that do not support 1.3 to the bitter end. A few AGA games, not many... But practically zero utilities. I wouldn't call it fast... But nor would I call it slow... And I run it with 16 colors... Throw it down to what other processors had, like 4... and it runs fine. Although it's not fast enough for my everyday use, I just use it for special projects.
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alterus
Victoria, BC

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by alterus Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:47 am

Hey guys, very good reading this thread through! Lots of great information. I very recently got into the Amiga world, and bought a lot with a stock A600 and a bunch of boxed software from the UK, and the word processor TransWrite was included. Supposedly its designed specifically for being super fast and low RAM usage. The documentation markets it as perfect for writing very large documents, like novels. It truly is fast. With a 68000 CPU it keeps up fine no matter how fast I write.

I have it installed on the CF card and it includes a spell checker. Now one of the coolest features of this software is that you can activate "on the fly" spell checking, which produces no noticeable slow down in performance. It can also import and export to WordPerfect format, although I haven't tested that feature yet by opening the files on a PC.

I've also been using Final Copy II (thanks Intric8!) and its sluggish in comparison. Its got more features, thats for sure, but you cant really type fast with it. Anyway, I'd definitely recommend checking out TransWrite. If you do, make sure to go to Project>Screen Format>Workbench, so that it integrates properly with WB.
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Shot97
Detroit, MI, USA

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by Shot97 Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:52 am

Looks nice. Advertises itself as supporting Word Perfect 4 and 5 files, and Word Perfect doesn't even support 5! hahah. Unfortunately it looks to be a hard one to find, not listed on my normal sites.
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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by intric8 Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:24 am

Nice find, @alterus. The company that made TransWrite - Gold Disk - used to advertise big time in AmigaWorld magazine in the late 80s. I believe they were a Canadian company.

That right there would be a cool ADF to have. Sounds like a light-weight version of the type of word processors I've been going for - ones that use the system fonts in particular.

Does it support any basic formatting? It'll be interesting to see how that translates if/when you migrate the files to a PC. If it saves to Word Perfect files, you should be in really good shape.
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ptyerman
Worksop/ UK

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by ptyerman Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:21 am

I have a boxed version of TransWrite. I don't think it uses any copy protection, I will have to check. I could up a adf somewhere if needed.
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McTrinsic

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by McTrinsic Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:29 pm

Back then, like 1990 or 1991, I used WordPerfect. Can't say which version.
I loved the split-view with the upper screen showing 'effects' like italic or bold, while the other screen displayed the respective characters.
I learned it back then and it still works in Office programs: _italic_ and *bold* :).
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McTrinsic

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by McTrinsic Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:29 am

I just checked the backup of the HDD of the previous owner of my system (no, no personal data!).

He used Excellence! with an OS2-system back then.

For some time I found Turbotext to be a nice compromise between speed and comfort.

Cheers,
McT
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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

Re: How to Use Classic Amiga for Word Processing Today

by intric8 Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:24 am

Both Excellence! and TurboText are great. The only "problem" with TurboText 2.0 is that it was aimed at OS 2.04 and above. The cool thing about it, though, is that the original author turned it into freeware long after Oxxi Software died and even offered some nice bug patches for it. It's a really nice and snappy editor. I installed it on the Phoenix since I can flip between 1.3 and 2.04 by flipping a switch pre-boot.

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