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Free WordPerfect
Compatible Word
Processors and Viewers

These Word processors and viewers will open WordPerfect files. Maybe a corrupt one will open with one of these too.

Name - Open Office

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - OpenOffice

Developer - Sun Microsystem

OS - Windows 98/ME/2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher)/XP/2003, Solaris 8 OS or higher, Linux kernel version 2.2.13 or higher, glibc2 version 2.2.0 or higher

File Size - Windows: 75 MB | Windows JRE: 90 MB | Linux: 102 MB | Solaris (S): 104 MB | Solaris (X86): 95 MB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - FAT16/32/NTFS, EXT2, EXT3

Developer Provided Description - "OpenOffice.org is both an open-source application and project. It is free. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite fully compatible with all major file formats."

Comment - The first trick I learned for corrupt file recovery is to try to open say a Microsoft Word file in the corresponding Open Office program and in other Office suites.

Name - Columbus Viewer

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - Columbus

Developer - Oasys

OS - Windows2000/XP

File Size - 38MB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Microsoft Office XP, AutoCAD 2004/2005/2006, Microstation V8 and Hewlett Packard HPGL/2

Developer Provided Description - Columbus is a combined navigator and viewer that allows you to organize and view data in a more structured way. Columbus combines two powerful viewing engines, supporting over 300 file formats, including Microsoft Office XP, AutoCAD 2004/2005/2006, Microstation V8 and Hewlett Packard HPGL/2. Logically related files and folders can be gathered under one heading even though they are spread across multiple folders and servers around the office or globe*. This makes it easy to view, edit, redline, issue and print data regardless of the document type or where it resides.

Comment - Also try the free Personal Version of the Columbus Viewer. Be sure to try to view it by right clicking on the file and choosing "view," rather than double clicking on the file as this will simply open the normal application associated with the file rather than the Columbus Native Viewer.

Name - AbiWord

Screenshot of the program in action.

Download URL - http://www.abisource.com/download/

Developer - SourceGear Corporation & AbiWord Community

OS - "Currently we run on most UNIX systems, Windows 95 and later, QNX Neutrino 6.2. We also have a MacOS X native port available. There used to be a BeOS port, but that version has been unmaintained for too long and support for it has been discontinued."

File Size - 5.03 MB Windows version

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Any as long as you have a compatible browser it'll work.

Developer Provided Description - "Like most Open Source projects, AbiWord started as a cathedral, but has become more like a bazaar. AbiWord is part of a larger project known as AbiSource, which was started by the SourceGear Corporation. The goal of the project was the development of a cross-platform, Open Source office suite beginning with AbiWord, the project's word processor.

SourceGear released the source code to AbiWord and a developer community quickly formed around the project. SourceGear has since then stopped working on the project.

The developer community has since then continued to make improvements and increase the quality of AbiWord. Version 1.0 was released in April 2002, followed by Version 2.0 in September 2003, 2.2 in December 2004 and 2.4 in September 2005. "

Comment - To be able to open WordPerfect files, you need to download the plugin. It's one of the export/import plugins, and is not even a default plugin. It must be specifically requested to be installed.