Thu 18 May, 2006 03:34 pm
The manufacturer should be able to tell you if their software is backward compatible. That's a standard spec which they should be able to just read off a list of features.
Corel Telephone Call
The results of a phone call today to Corel: Yes, the newer versions of Word Perfect are "backward compatible." However, the Corel Representative did not understand that terminology. Then, I asked whether the newer versions of Word Perfect would read documents executed in the older versions. That is, would Version 11 or 13 read Version 9.The answer was, "Yes." My reply: "That's what I meant by backward compatible."
Version 11 has been shipped and should arrive by May 31. We'll install it on a different drive. After that, if you wish, you can find out here how it's working.
Well, that's interesting. "Backward compatibility" is a term of art in the software industry and has been so for years. It's like a paralegal not knowing what a motion is, or a nurse never having heard the word injection.
Then again, who knows who they're hiring for customer service.
Word Perfect 11 has been installed!
Word Perfect 11 has been installed! As far as we can tell, it's working "perfectly." And, yes, it is absolutely "backward compatible." That is, all of the previous WP 9 documents are now available. We're in business - the word processing "business."
That was an "almost" hard lesson - moving a program out of the C Drive to the D Drive . . . and back again: It no longer functioned. Don't do it! Especially when you don't have the original disc (we didn't!). In addition, we could not purchase a WP 9 disc from a reputable site. We lucked out with the WP 11 purchase.
Thanks again, Jespah, for your input! Re: the customer service employee's answer and seeming lack of knowledge: This is common throughout many industries and businesses. For instance, you go to a store and ask if such and such an item is in stock. With the answer "no," you spy said item hanging on the adjacent pegboard. Or often you find that you are more savvy about a problem than those at a Help Desk. This would make a good forum on A2K . . . Wish I had time.
Thanks again! Charli
WordPerfect is at version 12 now and the upgrade is substantial.
Legal copies of the current version can be had for $15 or thereabouts at marketpro shows.
The newest Corel Graphics Suite
This is the newest Corel Graphics Suite:
CorelDRAW X3 Graphics Suite
Price Range: $399.99 from 1 Seller (on Price Grabber).
We're not interested at the moment in upgrading to anything. We ran the Virus Scan today: 404,462 files! Gotta give it a rest.
This whole "problem" stemmed from trying to make room on the C drive by moving WP 9 to the D drive. The D drive has 60 Gigabytes, while there are only 20 Gigs on the C drive! Buying a new computer just to accommodate all of these programs isn't in the picture at the present. Maybe next year. (We've had to uninstall and reinstall the printer several times as a "peripheral problem.") Everything is up and running now, so we'll let well enough alone.
The old IBM networked computer with an IOMEGA Zip drive needs to be thoroughly cleaned before putting it online again for back-up. We're gaining on it!
Thanks everyone for all of your help! Charli
There are programs that help you move programs from one drive to another. Been a while since I have looked at one. I think partition magic used to do it. There are probably others.
Basically it goes into your registry and changes all the pointers to the right drive