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Corel WordPerfect Office X8 Review

by July 11, 2016

Corel WordPerfect Office X8 Review

Corel WordPerfect Office X8 is an advanced and all-in one software application which is the best alternative to Microsoft Office today. It includes everything for working with texts- WordPerfect (a reliable word processing application), Quattro Pro (application for producing tables and graphs) and Presentations X8 (an application for creating multimedia presentations). In addition, this suite offers a lot of other different utilities, for example, WordPerfect Lightning (digital notebook), AfterShot 2 (an application for editing RAW images), and some others.

Corel WordPerfect Office X8 is an ideal choice for both home users and organizations because it thanks to plenty of features and tools, allows them to create impressive text documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the one hand. And on the other hand, thanks to a lot of additional utilities and tools, it allows them to increase work productivity and add to the created documents tons of effects and features.

Download and Installation- those who want to lay hands and try the advanced features of the program, can easily obtain the trial version on the official Corel website. As other Corel products, it is offered as an online installer. The trial version of the program is fully functional and it can be tested for 30 days without any restrictions.

Currently Corel WordPerfect Office X8 comes in three different editions- Home and Student, Standard and Professional. All they include applications for creating text documents, spreadsheets and presentations but Standard and Professional ones also offer some additional advanced tools, for example, Roxio Secure Burn, PDF Forms creation tool, and so on. If you are just a home user or a student, Home and Student is a great choice for you. The Professional edition is specially designed for organizations and firms and it offers a wide variety of additional professional tools.

The installation process of the program is very straightforward and fast. You need only some simple step to complete it and enjoy its great productivity. During the installation you have the possibility to select those applications and utilities you need for example, WordPerfect conversion utility, etc.) and associate Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word formats with the program.

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The main Features of the Program- Corel WordPerfect Office X8 is a universal and advanced office suite which includes all necessary applications and utilities for creating high-quality text documents, spreadsheets and presentations, i.e. WordPerfect (word processor application), Quattro Pro (spreadsheet application) and Presentation (presentation application). In addition to these office applications, Corel WordPerfect Office X8 also provides you with some additional tools and utilities, for example, Corel AfterShot 2 (for editing RAW photos), Presentations Graphics (an advanced draw application), and some others.

WordPerfect- it is an advanced text processing application which allows you to create, edit and publish superb text documents. Thanks to a lot of tools and editing options, you have the possibility to format and edit your text documents and give them a professional look.

WordPerfect- Interface 1

It is very difficult to imagine the modern digital life without a good word processing application. And WordPerfect is really one of the best on the software market. It provides you with all necessary tools for creating and editing impressive text documents. You can very conveniently process text documents thanks to a very intuitive workspace and a huge number of different advanced options and tools. You have the possibility to control fully every step of editing the text document from the first entered letter to the full edited text. The main advantage of this application is that it is fully compatible with another popular office application Microsoft Word; so you can easily open and edit documents created with Word.

WordPerfect has got a very intuitive and user-friendly interface which is very similar to Microsoft Word 2003. All tools are placed in in the Menu bar designed in the drop-down menus. With the help of this menu bar you can easily access all main commands and tools of the program and effectively edit and format texts, insert various elements or add and edit tables.

Format text- it is very important to format your text documents, i.e. in other words, to give to the text a professional look by specifying the desired font, paragraphs, lines, and so on. Of course, WordPerfect provides you with all necessary options for formatting documents. All these tools can be found in the Format drop-down menu. With the help of these tools you can select the desired fonts (by specifying its size, color, position and appearance), add lines and paragraphs, create columns, change paper properties (by specifying its type, size, width, height, etc.), change and edit margins, and so on. WordPerfect contains a special Styles Editor tool which allows you to create and edit your own styles and use them. You can effectively apply the desired parameters, i.e. fonts, lines, paragraphs, margins, etc.

Word- Format tab

Table- WordPerfect includes a lot of tools for creating and working with tables, too. You can edit and format tables by applying different settings and options and setting a standard look for them. The program provides you with a lot of tools for editing tables; for example, you have the possibility to specify the desired parameters for cells, columns, rows and tables, for example, their number, alignment, height, and so on.

Insert- WordPerfect allows you to create, format and edit not only the text but also insert a lot of different objects and elements into it. Fortunately, there are plenty of options at your disposal. With the help of these options you can insert the following elements into the text documents: Symbol (the program offers a wide range of symbols for inserting into the text; they are divided into different sets, for example, scientific, phonetic, box drawing, and so on), Date and Time (you can customize and apply the desired data and time format), Graphic / Pictures (with the help of the File Management dialog box you can easily select and insert clipart and photos into the text. You can use clipart and photos provided by the program or use your own ones. The program supports all popular graphic formats, for example, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, and so on), PDF Form Controls (with the help of WordPerfect you can open and edit PDF documents. The program allows you to perform some basic editing operations with them, for example, you can insert into the document text fields, check boxes, buttons, and so on), Line (you have the possibility to put a horizontal or vertical line in your document or create your own one by specifying some line attributes, i.e. style, color, position, and so on), Shapes (this tool allows you to draw different objects shapes such as arrows, stars, and so on), Chart (you can easily create charts and different graphs and insert them into the document. You can use different editing options provided by the program, for example, select the desired bar type, add gradient, texture, picture, and so on). Among additional features of the program, I can mention the following- you can add watermarks, comments, sounds to the document, and some others.

After editing the text document, you can save it in a lot of different formats, for example, Microsoft Word, Lotus, WordStar, etc. In addition, you can also publish the document to PDF, HTML or XML format or send it immediately through mail or fax.

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Quattro Pro- it is a spreadsheet application of this office suite which allows you to create and edit different financial, accounting and engineering tasks. With the help of this application you can quickly and effectively solve any problems related to economic, scientific and other calculations. Simply saying, it is an indispensable tool for the preparation of different financial documents, for example, reports, projects, and so on.

Quattro Pro provides you with a rich set of advanced features for creating and editing tables that contain numbers, currencies, graphics, mathematical and other formulas to perform calculations. Thanks to a lot of functions, it is very easy and convenient to work with the program. You can easily edit any entered values and perform calculations. Quattro Pro allows you to insert charts, symbols, graphics and pictures into the document, add comments and shapes on the one hand and format the spreadsheet by using different commands and options on the other hand.

Created spreadsheets can be saved not only in the program’s native format but also in other formats, too, for example, Lotus, Microsoft Excel, and so on. In addition, you have the possibility to publish spreadsheets to PDF, Internet or HTML.

Qatrro Pro

Presentations X8- this is the third main application of the program used for creating and editing impressive and high-quality presentations and slideshows. There are a lot of tools at your disposal for creating amazing slideshows and presentations. You have the possibility to insert into the document photos, clipart, audio files; format the document by applying different options such as font, lines, paragraphs, and so on; add a lot of transitions and effects, etc. With the help of a special inbuilt application AfterShot 2 you can reliably edit RAW images and add them to your presentation projects. Created documents can be saved in a lot of different formats, for example, GPEG, Microsoft PowerPoint, and so on. You can also publish to PDF and XML or send them immediately to your friends via inbuilt mail client.

Presentation 1

Tools- Both applications includes very useful tools which greatly increase the program’s functionality. These tools provide you with additional possibilities and features. The following interesting tools are at your disposal- Spell Checker (it allows you to correct grammatical mistakes in the text. The program supports a lot of languages, for example, English, Dutch, French, German, and so on), Grammatik (with the help of this tool you can check grammar), Thesaurus (with this tool you can quickly find antonyms, synonyms for the words), Dictionary (the program provides you with the most popular dictionary- Compact Oxford dictionary which allows you to find the meaning of the words).

WordPerfect Lightning- this is a very lightweight and convenient office application which allows you to view, create, organize and share your text documents. With the help of this application you can open and view WordPerfect and Microsoft Office documents; create digital notes quickly by applying some basic options such as images, hyperlinks, tables, and so on. After creating notes, you have the possibility to send them to WordPerfect application for further editing or mail recipients and blog. WordPerfect Lightning is a very convenient way to organize your text documents and notes.

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Additional utilities- Corel WordPerfect Office X8 also offers a lot of useful utilities; they are as follows- Office Conversion utility (this tool allows you to convert Microsoft Office documents to WordPerfect format), Quick Finder (this tool allows you to find any file and folder quickly), XML Project designer (with the help of this tool you can create, edit and save XML documents), Perfect Script (the utility for managing macros and working with them),  Pleading Expert designer (for creating of legal documents) and Clipbook (for saving and sharing clips, for example, texts, photos, and so on).

In addition, you can also take full advantage of the following applications included in the program- AfterShot (the application for working with RAW photo formats) and Roxio Secure Burn (for creating and burning disks). The program also provides you with more than 900 True Type fonts, 10,000 clipart images, 300 templates and 175 digital photos.

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Pleading Expert

XML Designer

System requirements

Windows 7- Windows 10 (both 32 and 64-bit versions)

1 GB of RAM for 32- bit and 2 GB for 64-bit

1 GHz processor

1.15 GB of free hard disk space.

Conclusion

If you need the best alternative application for Microsoft office, Corel WordPerfect Office X8 is just for you. It offers a lot of advanced possibilities and features and allows you to perform any required operations with digital documents. The program includes all three office applications for working with digital documents, i.e. WordPerfect (for creating stunning text documents), Quattro Pro (for creating spreadsheets) and Presentations (for creating impressive presentations and slideshows). But Corel WordPerfect Office X8 is much more than simply office suite; it includes tons of additional tools and features and it allows you not only create office documents but also perform a lot of other operations, for example, you can burn your projects to the disk, organize your electronic documents and share them online, and so on.

Pros

1. Advanced all-in-one suite which includes applications for creating text documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
2. A lot of other tools.

Cons

None

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  • John Crockett
    August 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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    Both QuatroPro X7 and X8 are DEFECTIVE, have unacceptable flaws.
    this specifically applyx to QuattroPro X8, referencing my ticket 3763983, Corel admitted taht they have a defect concerning creating Pie Charts…. filed 8/01/2016, and 3 and a have weeks later no reason to belive it’s been resolved.
    we have to go to a computer running QuattroPro X3 on Windows XL Pro.

  • Junie Harlow
    May 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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    I have tried Corel’s customer service chat line and email and am very frustrated with both. The chat line rep tells me I will get an email from the technician. The email I get is simply a copy of the chat. No information regarding my issue. I am trying to find a way to keep pictures where I want them in my document. They keep moving around and going over the top of other pictures. The customer service for Wordperfect Office X8 Home and Student is worthless.

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