[BL] Wordstart under dosemu
keesan at sdf.lonestar.org
Thu Aug 18 22:43:56 EDT 2005
On Thu, 18 Aug 2005, sindi keesan wrote:
> Has anyone tried Wordstar under dosemu or xdosemu?
> I found several free Wordstar to html, rtf, or txt convertors.
> I hope I still have a copy of it somewhere (for DOS).
> keesan at sdf.lonestar.org
> SDF Public Access UNIX System - http://sdf.lonestar.org
I am checking out some free DOS wordprocessors under dosemu
Ezword (over 700K) has a temporarily broken link.
Breeze (breeze56.zip) and Pcwords (Pcword.zip) are both under 400K.
I also tried DR-DOS edit, and the edit that came with freedos for dosemu,
and my partner's editor.
Under plain dosemu:
My partner's editor works except for an occasional feature.
It is tiny (4K) but does line wrap correctly.
The freedos edit program works except line wrap does not progress to
the next line, it goes back to the beginning of the same line.
DR-DOS edit, breeze, and pcword are not usable because the background is
tiled with box character and a lot of other characters come out
incorrectly as upper ascii. I am using a Tseng card with Xvesa, which
might be part of the problem.
pkunzip works fine, as does the DOS prot of cat. 'list' does nothing.
Under xdosemu all the text editors work. Freedos edit still does not line
Pcword comes with a spellchecker and macros that I did not check out. It
does only monospaced (fine with me).
Breeze was very easy to learn and the wordwrap works perfectly. You can
type a file with the default (left margins) and word wrap, then save a
version with the line returns stripped out (as file.str) and optionally
the left margin also removed. It would work to type short files which I
could then strip, and for centering or underlines I could type in rtf
tags. Too bad it won't work under plain dosemu on this computer.
The program comes with a small dictionary. The spellchecker thinks ALL
words are spelled correctly though, including spllchk.
I can't try anything else on the VGA monitor because Xvesa crashed on exit
(Tseng video card seems to do that). I will have to remember to use
xfbdev instead for xdosemu on this computer.
There is a standalone DOS spell checker Turbo Lightning which I have not
Has anyone else tried a DOS text editor other than the one that comes with
freedos under plain dosemu?
The computer where pictview does NOT work under xdosemu has not only an S3
Virge PCI video card but also onboard SiS AGP video. Netpbm also crashes
on just that computer. Might the second video be a problem? We set BIOS
to PCI/AGP not AGP/PCI.
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