Re: DTP Shootout

Subject: Re: DTP Shootout
From: Matt Ion <soundy -at- NEXTLEVEL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 12:58:13 -0800

On Thu, 05 Dec 1996 12:22:40 -0600, Bill Bledsoe wrote:

>> I've not been overly impressed by previous versions of WP, but I must
>> say, Corel's new release really impressed me. It'll be particularly
>> interesting to see it written in Java.

>Matt, I think you've hit the proverbial nail... I would put up with the
>new, less quirky but still quirky, version of WordPerfect, if I could
>run the SAME DTP on all platforms.

Got a report-from-COMDEX at our user's group meeting last night:
apparently Corel did show the latest demo (pre-alpha?) running the
*same code* off the *same server* on Unix, Mac and NT workstations!

>A WordPerfect, ported to JAVA and run through your web browser, should
>have both Redmond, WA and Palo Alto, CA seriously worried.

It certainly has Redmond worried, especially since they have a
competing "OS": ActiveX. There's significant talk about Microsoft
coming out with sort of Windows-specific Java (how they can expect to
get away with it when Sun controls Java is beyond me, unless they
intend to buy out Sun or something stupid like that) that would improve
performance at the expense of compatility.

>You can try out the BETA Java port of WordPerfect at

Yeah, they have a sign-up sheet for the beta team there. Only
irritating thing is, one of their requirements is a web browser that
supports Java... well excuse me, but I have an OS with built-in Java

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