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#1 Orange Blossom

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 11:49 AM

Just last night I found a disc with papers from some courses I took in 1989 or 1990. I think these papers were done in WordPerfect 5.0 as I also found sheets from 1989 discussing navigation in WP5, and I know I didn't use computers before then. I also know that I graduated in spring 1990 and the program hadn't changed to my knowledge. This was pre-mouse time, at least at Indiana University.

I have WP12 Education edition installed on my computer. If I transfer these old papers to my computer, will WP12 be able to read them and essentially upgrade them to WP12 documents?

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p.s. Speaking of finding old things, I also found a 5 1/2 single-sided floppy disk that I used in my Computer Programming class in high school. The disc has an Elephant logo and has the programs in Basic that I created in 1983 or thereabouts on Apple IIe computers.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 02:27 PM

in my version of wordperfect, you can save a file as a wordperfect 5.0 file, so i'd assume that you could open them as such. . . i'm not really familiar with wordperfect though, sorry =/ hope that helps though!

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 05:19 PM

I've only gone up top WP8, 4.1 and 5.2 were imported easily into it. I doubt there would be a problem with getting the data, though formatting might be a little messy.

Not as bad as working with a Word document, though. :thumbsup:
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:56 AM

Thank you both for your input.

I'll try it and see if it works. Formatting I can deal with. I've had to before. I'll wait though until my stubborn unwanted service problem is solved though. I don't want to muddy the waters. :thumbsup: I can see if I can open the file at the University. They have WordPerfect12 also. Then if the program can read it, I can save it in the new format. I have to go there anyway since my computer doesn't have a 3.5 disc drive.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:32 PM

Well, I got the files transferred to my flash drive, and here is an interesting thing. Each of them have an extension that 1) identifies it as a backup or 2) is one I created myself as part of the file name. The directions I received in my jumpstart class at the University strongly suggested doing this. (Hmm. I wonder if the same is still true if one were running a MAC. I run an IBM compatible, and I was back then too).

So, the first thing I have to do is change the extensions to wpd so that they even have a chance at opening. (The documents were written in 1989 and 1990). Then I get to see if they will open and how mangled the formatting is.

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 10:35 PM

I've been working on changing the extentions to .wpd. And YES, YES, YES, they do open. :thumbsup:

I doubt there would be a problem with getting the data, though formatting might be a little messy.


A bit messy is an understatement. It will take many hours even days to reformat, and some of it I'm going to have to figure out how to do - such as creating a header for just the first page.

That said, they do save perfectly well in WordPerfect 12.

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