Picking the best word processor for your practice


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News Flash: Microsoft Word and Corel Wordperfect are not the only word processing software out there. Not even close. At all.

This great article from DonationCoder looks at 14 different word processors in good depth. DonationCoder reminds us that some people really need the features of a desktop publishing system like Word. Many writers, for example, simply write in Notepad.

As lawyers, form and content are both important, but in reverse order. Apart from captions, our layout needs are primarily outline numbering, block quotes, and signature blocks. We write contracts, letters, briefs, and research memos. Do we really need Word, WordPerfect, or OpenOffice.org? Before you spend a dime on new or upgraded software, read this article, consider your needs, and purchase (or simply download) accordingly.

(It is no secret that my own choice is OpenOffice.org Writer. Sure, it isn’t quite as good as Word. But Word isn’t $200 better, either.)


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  • SimonJR

    I work in a small law firm in Malaysia as a clerk typist doing mostly conveyancing work. That means typing of Contracts, agreements etc. I agree with you that Word is pricey and it would be better to use the free softwares available on the Net for download. I remember using Olitext Plus which comes with the Olivetti PC’s in the 80s and early 90s. It was an easy software and does most of the work needed compared to the complex features in Word!

    I wish programmers will write for spefically lawyers and law firms the needs to prepare standard documents where we only need to change the names and addresses. TQ Simon JR.