When we last mentioned Word, we spoke of alternatives to Word. what we’ve come to realize at the time is that almost any of the alternatives listed are better than using Microsoft Word under Classic on Mac OS X. sure, I’ve still got Microsoft Office 98, which worked fine in Mac OS 9, and it still sometimes works… But more and more I’m finding that it tells me it can’t open certain Word files. After it tells me it can’t open certain Word files, I use one of the alternatives – most often using Antiword to first take a quick peek in the terminal, and if I have to, actually create a PostScript, then use ps2pdf to create a PDF file.

Damn you incompatible (with yourself) binary formats that just aren’t very open!

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