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WordPerfect Office

Office Productivity Suite featuring WordPerfect 13, Quattro Pro 13, Presentations 13 and (some editions) Paradox 11.


The four main applications have their own AppDB entries. This entry covers suite installation and, eventually, the suite utilities. The rating given here is for the suite installer and is independent of the ratings given to the four main applications.

Application Details:

Version: X3
License: Retail
URL: http://www.corel.com
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

WPO X3 installs if you can find the hidden check boxes.

Paradox installs but many paths in the registry are incorrect.

Word Perfect starts but appears to hang.  This is due to a pop-up window behind the splash screen.  Move pop-up, click OK and Word Perfect (usually) starts up just fine.  However, it becomes unstable after a couple of minutes.

Quattro Pro starts without hang and comes up just fine.  However, it too becomes unstable after a couple of minutes.

Presentations starts just fine and does not appear to become unstable.  This application may be usable.  However, the scaleable (?) fonts used to label tabs are indecipherable.  It is the installer that screws up the fonts somehow - a symbol font replaces a latin font.

Paradox starts up just fine first time and appears stable.  However, after that it abends on startup after putting up the splash screen.

 

What does not

Word Perfect, Quattro Pro and Paradox are unusable.

I'm not convinced that the applications are installed properly.

Workarounds

What was not tested

All functionality - I only started the programs up.

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

The results are for Word Perfect Office X3 Professional Edition. The orginal distribution - wine doesn't like the .msp format Corel uses for service packs. These results are not just the result of a one-off trial but a determined effort to find a work around to the issues mentioned. Oh and I did try it under Crossoever but the programs all crashed on startup.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 09 20183.0No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverAJ Smith 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 09 20081.1.8No Not installable Garbagepbronline-wine@yahoo.co.uk 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 31 20081.0.0Yes Yes Bronzepbronline-wine@yahoo.co.uk 
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 22 20081.0.0Yes Yes Garbagepbronline-wine@yahoo.co.uk 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 24 20080.9.58.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO - Installation Guidelines

WordPerfect Office comes in a number of editions aimed at different market segments. A click-this-click-that HowTo would very likely be inaccurate for most users. Besides, you already know how to install WordPerfect Office under Microsoft Windows. These notes cover Wine specifics. They are based on installation from a Professional Edition CD. Except where indicated otherwise, all notes are valid for Wine 1.0.0 and later.

Installation Prerequisites

winetricks wsh56 gecko fakeie6

MFC42D.DLL (the debug version of mfc42.dll). You should find this in the system32 folder of any legitimate Microsoft Windows XP installation. Version 6.0.8168.0 should have an md5sum of c60082fb1353f0abe37a8362be4a496a.

Starting the Installer on CD

wine 'd:\Setup.exe'

Select WordPerfect Office X3 Install Now!

Missing Controls

Installation is made difficult by the failure to display a number of controls (check boxes and buttons). Clicking on a hidden control makes it visible.

To enable the Next button below the licence agreement, click just to the left of the text "I accept the terms in the license agreement".

On the screen inviting you to select which applications to install, press the Install button for a 'quick' install. The three suite applications are selected by hidden check boxes to the left of their names.

Clicking just to the left of the text "Application shortcuts to appear on desktop" will uncheck a hidden box.

The 'Advanced Options' button is hidden until you tab the cursor to it. Click this button to go for a 'custom' installation.

On the screen informing you the Install Shield Wizard is complete, clicking to the left of the text "Install .... Yahoo! Toolbar" will uncheck a hidden box.

Installation Options

The 'quick' installation will install WordPerfect/Entrust Security Integration. It is recommended you go for a 'custom' install and ensure WordPerfect/Entrust Security Integration is set to "don't install".

If you do not want the Yahoo Search tool bar in Word Perfect, choose not to install it here as it cannot be hidden in WordPerfect like all other toolbars.

All filters, including those for Microsoft Office document formats, are selected by default.

Installation End Game

The Install Shield Update Manager is not installed.

Paradox Installation

Paradox (when available for install) has a separate installer. Hover the cursor over the licence agreement to activate the I Accept button. There is no serial number to enter.

Select Paradox Install Now ! and follow the instructions on screen.

Winetricks and Installation Prerequisites

Installation of WordPerfect Office will never be 'platinum': the installer assumes the presence of additional Microsoft software, essentially Internet Explorer and all that implies.

Fortunately, the missing software can generally be installed simply and quickly using winetricks. See http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks for a description of winetricks and how to get it.

Unless stated otherwise, winetricks prerequisites used for installing WordPerfect Office do not involve overriding 'built in' Wine dlls with 'native' Windows dlls so the scope for requesting support and submitting bug reports should not be affected but always be open about any 'extras' you have installed whether that be using winetricks or not.

Corel Fonts and Core Fonts

WordPerfect Office comes with a great many fonts from Corel but still assumes the presence of the 'core' fonts from Microsoft (Arial, Courier, Times Roman etc.) that Wine cannot provide. The core fonts may be installed using winetricks before or after installing WordPerfect Office.

If you do not install the core fonts, Wine will substitute some other font as necessary. This substitution may give unexpected and unsatisfactory results by selecting an inappropriate Corel font.

The author has seen a test report complaining that font rendering did not work properly when, most probably, a narrow font was substituted. The substitution of a non-alphabet font has also been observed.

This substitution issue may affect any application installed under the same installation of Wine, not just WordPerfect Office applications. It does affect Presentations--it affects the tabs on the right hand side and bottom of the main window.

WARNING - Enhanced File Dialogues do not work under Wine

By default, WordPerfect Office applications use (Explorer-like) 'enhanced' file dialogues. These do not work under Wine. This has led to test and bug reports complaining that it is not possible to open or save files (with inferences that that trial and beta versions have been crippled deliberately).

Fortunately this is not the case. It is generally sufficient to disable the use of enhanced dialogues so the application uses standard dialogues. See the individual application guidance notes for specific details.

Note that disabling enhanced file dialogues in WordPerfect also disables them for Presentations (and vice versa).

As a last resort, the enhanced file dialogues may be disabled using the Wine regedit tool.

Apparent Hang with only Splash Screen Displayed

When first started, Word Perfect Office applications display a splash screen. In certain circumstances (not all of which are bad news) the application may also display a message box that requires user response. This message box may be hidden behind the splash screen.

The application appears to have hung. There may or may not be a new entry on the desktop 'task bar' with a Wine icon. If there is an icon it should, but may not, show the name of the application.

If there is a task bar entry, right click on it, select 'move' and drag the message box from behind splash screen. If there is no task bar entry, maximise some other window (so the splash screen is hidden) and then minimise that window again. The message box should now be visible.

As a last resort, try starting the application again. The second copy should abort and hopefully take the splash screen with it leaving the original message box visible.

WARNING - Document Auto Backup

WordPerfect Office applications backup open documents at regular intervals. At best this feature will work as well under Wine as it ever did under Microsoft Windows.

When an WordPerfect Office application is started again after a crash, it may detect the presence of one or more document backups. This may give the 'apparent hang with only splash screen displayed' behaviour.

A corrupt backup may crash the application. When this occurs the backup must be deleted the hard way before the application can be used again. Under Wine, user profiles are stored under ${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/windows/profiles/${USER}. Look under Application\ Data/Corel for a Backup subfolder under a folder (or folder pair) that name(s) the application and version.

Auto backup may be disabled the same way enhanced file dialogues may be disabled.

WARNING - Wine OLE Implementation is Incomplete

The implementation of OLE under Wine is still a work in progress. This reduces the functionality available with WordPerfect Office applications.

Specifically, 'copy/paste special' between applications, references or links between documents, insert object (embedded or from file) functions are affected.

Proceed with extreme caution when you need any of these.

A good result is you will be told when the function is not available (by a message box suggesting the registry or installation is incomplete).

A bad result is the application crashing (leaving a backtrace when using a console).

The ugly result is X terminating both source and destination application without a backtrace (not a major bug as it does not affect other Wine and non-Wine applications).



Comments

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WordPerfect x3 Home and School
by AJ Smith on Friday February 9th 2018, 11:44
My son helped me install WINE yesterday and then WordPerfect x3 Home and Student edition office suite. Everything seems to work fine so far. We had to find the Windows fonts and install them, and to install we had to copy the disc to the hard drive and install from the copy. Something didn't read properly installing from the CD/DVD drive. So far I'd rate the office suite a "silver," but I haven't given it a thorough workout yet. Would love to try later with a new version of the Standard edition.
RE: WordPerfect x3 Home and School
by AJ Smith on Friday February 9th 2018, 11:48
As a side note, I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 as my OS.
RE: WordPerfect x3 Home and School
by AJ Smith on Friday February 9th 2018, 15:58
An additional note. I just created a document and ran into trouble when it came time to save it. I found a suggestion at officecommunity.com/wordperfect/f/general-feedback/694/routine-freezing-crashing-of-wordperfect-when-attempting-to-save-a-document and followed it. I disabled “Use enhanced file dialogs” in the Tools drop down under Settings. Then I could save the document anywhere I wanted to.
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