Corel WordPerfect Office X3 Standard Edition
- All five principal apps -- that's WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Mail, Presentations and Presentations Graphics -- are first-rate
- It will surreptitiously add Yahoo Toolbar to your browser during setup; InstallShield Update Manager puts itself in Windows' startup list and resides in the system tray
Minor irritations aside, we think people who use their PC for business -- and who are looking for a real productivity-suite upgrade -- might very well find what they need in Corel WordPerfect Office X3.
Price$ 515.00 (AUD)
What do you do if you don't want to wait for the full version of Office 2007? Consider this: feature for feature and dollar for dollar, Corel's $515 WordPerfect Office X3 Standard Edition tops the mighty Office 2003 Standard in every category.
All five principal apps -- that's WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Mail, Presentations and Presentations Graphics -- are first-rate. For many users, one feature puts WordPerfect head and shoulders above Word and the rest of the word-processing pack: Reveal Codes. This menu option opens a pane at the base of the screen showing a document's formatting codes. For fine control over look and content, nothing beats it.
You needn't worry about Office users not being able to open and edit the files you create with WordPerfect Office. In WordPerfect, Quattro Pro and Presentations, you're given the option of working in the mode of the program's Office equivalents (Word, Excel and PowerPoint, respectively). There were a few minor formatting issues, however, especially when working in WordPerfect itself.
The suite is far more comfortable with PDFs, which it has supported for years. This latest version adds the ability to import and edit PDFs in WordPerfect and Quattro Pro.
WordPerfect's Mail program, formerly the Bloomba mail client from Stata Labs, features a search function that matches anything Outlook -- or, for that matter, any other e-mail program -- can come up with. It indexes your messages and lets you search for mail via drop-down menus using a combination of date, sender, content and other attributes.
Another addition to the suite is the Presentations Graphics program. This image editor won't make people forget about Photoshop but, considering that Office has no graphics program, it's a nice addition. It has all the standard tools for creating layouts and working with shapes, colours, textures and shading.
Although we enjoyed using WordPerfect Office X3 it has some annoying traits. For example, it will rather surreptitiously add Yahoo Toolbar to your browser during setup if you don't pay attention. And the pesky InstallShield Update Manager puts itself in Windows' startup list and resides in the system tray, even when no WordPerfect Office programs are open.
A free alternative: ThinkFree Online Basic
Traditional suites such as Office and WordPerfect seem likely to be with us for a while yet. However, online suites are beginning to make a case for themselves -- not least because of the money you can save. ThinkFree Online Basic Edition, for example, gives you an online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation package completely free.
ThinkFree's full-blown word processor has all the features most people will ever need, including automatic table generation, auto-correct and formatting options, while the ThinkFree spreadsheet is a close approximation of Excel -- formulae are given extensive support, with many database, engineering and mathematical functions included.
The suite has some useful tricks up its sleeve, such as automatic conversion of your files to PDFs and the ability to tag files with comments, but its online facilities are what's really going to sell ThinkFree. You get 1GB of storage space, and you can log into your account from virtually any computer and work on your files without needing to carry them around on a DVD or flash drive. You can even share files with other ThinkFree users and check who accessed them.
The shrunken workspace may be a problem, as will the advent of text ads. However, ThinkFree won't cost you a penny, and its sharing facilities make it ideal for workgroups. Try it at ThinkFree.com.
Join the newsletter!
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Apple iPhone X
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
cloudandco Smart Cane
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
- 2 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 3 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 4 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 5 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
Latest News Articles
- Businesses jump on Amazon’s Alexa after Australian launch date revealed
- Officeworks hops on voice interface bandwagon with Google Assistant integration
- Amazon confirms early 2018 Australian launch for Alexa and Echo
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- University of Sydney Signs World-First Agreement with Dropbox
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- JBL Link 10 review
- Samsung Gear Sport review: A worthy contender
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTERP Support SpecialistVIC
- FTSenior .NET DeveloperWA
- FTTwo Executive Assistants (APS4 & APS5/6)ACT
- FTIT Security OfficerACT
- FTSenior Business Analyst - WealthOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - CMS / DMSOther
- CCPHP Developer (Codeigniter / Cake)VIC
- FTUX DesignerOther
- CCSenior System EngineerNSW
- FTSenior Penetration TesterACT
- FTPHP Developer (Codeigniter / Cake)VIC
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- CCBusiness Intelligence Analyst ProgrammerQLD
- FTChange ManagerOther
- FTDevOps & IT Operations | Trading & Finance | LinuxOther
- FTPHP DeveloperOther
- CCIT Specialist - System ServicesNSW
- CCTransition ManagerNSW
- CCNetwork Engineer (Juniper)VIC
- TPSenior Project Manager - Enterprise Risk & ComplianceNSW
- TPBusiness Intelligence AnalystQLD
- TPSenior Business Analyst - TechnicalNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalsytACT
- FTInside Sales Representative - Global Cloud OrganisationVIC