In 12 months a team of 12 people produced WordStar 2000, a great improvement over WordStar in terms of ease of use and feature set. However Dan died [of AIDS], and the marketing dept. head, Leigh Marriner was given control over the future of WordStar. Needless to say, the marketing dept., once it got total control of the product went and destroyed the company.
Although individuals would buy more WordStar in 1985, and large businesses would buy more MultiMate, government offices and agencies would buy more WordPerfect.
Fundamentally, the biggest difference between typing and word processing is that with typing you had to have a vision, you needed to know what your document was going to look like finished before you began. Word processing allows us to type everything in and then apply formatting to specific selections. The most likely cause for you to need Reveal Codes in a document you created is when you get ahead of yourself and try to format as you type. Now, I'm not saying it isn't possible, just that care has to be taken when doing so.
Okay, so your documents are good, now you want to use Reveal Codes to see what is going on with a document created by someone else? First, I would highly encourage you to have the Show/Hide ¶ on, (ctrl-shift-8). This shows you, graphically, what is going on with the document. If a space looks like it is greater than another space, turning this on will show you if there are two spaces rather than one. It will show you tabs as arrows, etc.
Still not enough? Let's say that like If only I had a penguin... you just have a need to see exactly what is affecting each character at a nearly forensic level. Word, for at least a couple of versions now, has the ability to turn on Reveal Formatting, (shift-F1). Not only can you now see what is affecting the display of each character, you can compare text in one part of the document with text in another part of the document.
For most people, switching from one product to another was almost unthinkable. WordStar was especially hard to learn and master, and fans of the product defended it with an irrational fervor. Their loyalty was similar to that of a mother who has given birth to a very ugly baby. It was almost impossible to get expert WordStar users to admit their product had any flaws.
WHY IS IT THAT NO OTHER WORD PROCESSOR WILL LET ME DO THIS SIMPLE SIMPLE THING?
You know, all of this griping about the lack of reveal codes, and yet not one mention of why that option was so very necessary : because without it, your doc inevitably wound up looking like a mangled piece of shit.
In February , as was a tradition, we invited a few representatives from our largest accounts to come to Deer Valley to ski with us and tell us how we were doing. All of them were concerned about our lack of a WordPerfect for Presentation Manager, and some of them wanted a Windows version. We tried our best to reassure them that we would eventually run on all important computing environments. We told them that while we could not always be first to release a product for a new environment, we could catch up quickly. Our large accounts were not too impressed with our answers.
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