intric8 wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:09 pm
I'm also curious about GhostWriter 128, and 64 Blue Chip Word Professor, which kinda sounds like educational software.
So many in that list - I'll have to look some of them up!
The real question is, though, which is your favorite? Pick a couple if one is too hard. And why?
The most fascinating thing is how bizarre the development history is for some of these...
started on the PET, was rewritten several times by the original author, and then by another guy, and then licensed and updated for the 128 - it had a strange decade long journey - and there was little compatibility!
Quick Brown Fox
started off on the obscure OSI 6502 computers, moved to the VIC-20, and then finally the C64!
and I think Smithwriter
forced you to write in 256 character chunks
, because you know it is easiest array size on an 8-bit machine
. They would then concatenate your 256 word chunks into a final document when you printed.
Several Word Processors are licensed and re-branded from other companies. You can start up a word processor and it will have a completely different name than what is on the box!
For example, Omniwriter
for the C64 was rebranded several times and Ghostwriter 128
started out as Omniwriter 128
. Omniwriter 128 was in itself I believe a further development of Vizawriter 128
Screenshots on the back of the Ghostwriter 128 box still say Omniwriter 128, lol.
Mirage Concepts Professional Word Processor
actually allows you set an 80 column edit screen at 320x200
using a 3-4 pixel font. It is amazing.
So my favorites? Well for 40 columns I tend to prefer word processors that don't scroll horizontally. I'd rather live with waiting for print preview to see 80 columns. It makes tables and such very difficult, but I cannot stand horizontal scrolling.
So for 40 columns it would be later versions of Paperback Writer
(feature rich, very powerful) and Kwik-Write
(slim on features but super fast).
I haven't yet tried all the 80 column choices on the C128. I just got a monitor capable of using 80 columns so I will be diving in soon.
is a 40 column dog
of a strange word processor.
is actually just a rebrand of something else that they bundled in with their 1541 clone drives. It is not academic.
There is one academic word processor for the C128, Term Paper Writer 128
. I do not own it.
It is available, boxed, here:
They also have Rescue on Fractalus