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Word Processors and Word Processing Tools Reviews

Are you thinking about upgrading to the latest version of Microsoft Word? Before you do, check out my reviews and suggestions for free Microsoft Word alternatives. There are plenty of other software programs and tools--many free--that will also help you with word processing.
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  2. PDF Tools (4)
  3. Working Online

LibreOffice Takes Aim at Microsoft Office
There's a new, free alternative to Microsoft Office. LibreOffice is based on code from the OpenOffice project. Take a few minutes to learn what you need to know about LibreOffice. I'll tell you what components it includes, where to download it and how it compares to its competitors. Click here to get started!

Distraction-Free Word Processors
Many tech-savvy people who are into the getting-things-done philosophy are adopting distraction-free writing. They trade Microsoft Word for a stripped-down, clutter-free word processor. The lack of distracting buttons and controls is intended to improve your focus on the writing process. br br More and more distraction-free word processors...

User Reviews of Adobe Acrobat X PDF Creation and Editing Software
Adobe Acrobat has become synonymous with PDF creation and editing. But that doesn't mean that the program is right for everyone. Before you decide if you should buy the Adobe Acrobat X, the latest version of the PDF editor, it pays to see what others who are already using the program think. Click here for user reviews of Adobe Acrobat X--or...See submissions

Foxit Phantom PDF Suite 2.0
If you need a PDF-editing program, you don't need to shell out hundreds of dollars on Adobe Acrobat. There are alternatives that are easier on your wallet. Foxit Phantom PDF Suite is one such alternative. This low-cost PDF suite claims to be faster and lighter than Adobe Acrobat. So, does it live up to this claim? Is it a worthwhile alternative? Get answers to these questions and more in my revie…

What's the Best Note-Taking Program?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Mobile Word Processing App?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Free Microsoft Word Alternative?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Online Word Processor?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Word Processing Program?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Note-Taking Program?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Mobile Word Processing App?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Free Microsoft Word Alternative?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Online Word Processor?
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

What's the Best Word Processor
About: Word Processing is participating in the first annual About.com Reader’s Choice Awards. You can nominate your favorite programs and tools from January 1, 2010 through January 24, 2010. Once the nomination process is closed, the voting will begin for each category. The voting period will last through the end of February. Winners will be announced March 1.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 10
Not everyone is a fast typist. Others may suffer from repetitive stress injuries. In either case, you can get a little help with speech recognition. You'll find speech recognition tools in some versions of Word. There's also another solution that you can use system wide: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10. But before you fork over your hard-earned cash on the program, find out if it's right for you. I'll give you the lowdown in my review of Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred 10.

Save Big With Academic Discounts
Back-to-school time can really put a crimp in any parent's budget. That's particularly true if your child is starting high school or heading off to college. In addition to clothes and school supplies, they will also need software and computer gear. Fortunately, you can get a little help with back-to-school tech. Many students (as well as staff and faculty) qualify for academic discounts. Find out how to save big with academic discounts now!

Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal Save You Big
Microsoft offers a stripped-down version of its popular Office Suite for students and family. The price makes it attractive to many families and students. However, with Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal, students can buy a copy of Microsoft Office for even less. And, it will provide many more tools than the student and family edition of Office. Learn about Microsoft's Ultimate Steal now!

Texter-Typing Expansion Software
You spend many hours a day in front of your computer. But, you can slash your workload with a simple text expansion program. Texter is free text expansion software created for Windows. It makes it easy to insert large blocks of text with just a few keystrokes. Find out the ups and downs of the program in my review!

Readdle Docs iPhone App
Many have complained that the iPhone doesn't have a user-accessible file system. This makes it difficult to view and manage files on your iPhone. Readdle Docs is a document management app for the iPhone that steps up to fill in the gap. It lets you upload documents, as well as access documents stored on the web. Find out if it is worth your cash by reading my quick review!

TypeIt4Me Text Expansion Software
AutoCorrect is one of those features in Microsoft Word that you either love or hate. If you dislike AutoCorrect, you're probably not using it to the best of your ability. TypeIt4Me is a program that performs many of the same tasks as AutoCorrect. Except, you can use it system-wide on your Mac. It lets you type in abbreviations, which are automatically expanded to full text. It can really save you time. Learn more about it now!

Choosing the Right Word Processor
If you're in the market for word processing software, this is the place to start. This brief article will give you a run-down on the basics of the most popular word processors out there -- Word, WordPerfect, and Writer.

The Four Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing program on the market. But, that doesn't mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars on it. There are plenty of free alternatives to Word. And, many of these free programs can open and save Word documents. Check out my top picks for free Microsoft Word alternative.

Free Microsoft Word Alternatives -- Reader Picks
Microsoft Word isn't the only word processor on the market. But, it is one of the most expensive word processors. Fortunately, there are plenty of free alternatives. What is your favorite free alternative to Microsoft Word? Let us know here!

Before You Purchase Word Processing Software
Purchasing word processing software can be a confusing experience. There are countless word processors, all of which claim to be the best. If you're planning on purchasing software, don't make a costly mistake -- find out what you need to know about purchasing a word processor.

iPhone app
The iPhone provides a solid set of features that you won't find on many other phones. But, there is one key feature that business users are sure to miss. The iPhone does not provide an office suite. Fortunately, Quickoffice has stepped up to fill the gap. Learn if Quickoffice is the right iPhone word processing program for you.

Typinator Text Expanding Software
AutoCorrect is a handy feature in Microsoft Word. With it, you can create abbreviations that expand automatically to full text. But, AutoCorrect isn't without its problems. If you can't live with these problems, try Typinator. It will also expand abbreviations to full text--in any program on your Mac. Be sure to check out my review of Typinator!

Text Expanding Software
Typing can really take its toll on your wrists. You certainly don't want to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome! Typing can also slow you down while you're working on a document. So, why not try TextExpander. It lets you enter abbreviations for words. It then expands the abbreviations to full words. Learn more about TextExpander for Mac OS X now!

Software Review -- Microsoft OneNote
Chances are if you've heard about OneNote, you're under the impression it is only for use on a tablet pc. Don't let this fool you -- OneNote can be used on any Windows-based computer, and it is a great way for you to get your notes organized before you port them into Word to create a final, polished document.

Adobe Contribute 4 for Windows Review
For many people, creating a Web page can be an intimidating process. But Adobe’s Contribute changes that. With Contribute, you can easily create Web pages and blog entries. You can do your work in Microsoft Word and publish your document to the Web with a few clicks. Or, you can edit your document directly from your Web browser. To learn more about Adobe Contribute, read the review.

Word Processing Software -- Top Picks
If you're looking for word processing software and need some help deciding what to buy, this selection will help you pick the right one for you -- and help you get the best deal.

When Word Processing Software isn't Enough
Although word processors have come a long way since the early days of WordPerfect, if you are developing professional publications a desktop publishing program will produce better results. Find out more about the differences between word processing software and desktop publishing software, from your About guide to desktop publishing.

Don't Do Desktop Publishing with Microsoft Word
While word processors are quite different from page layout applications, many people expect Microsoft Word to bridge the gap and work as a full featured desktop publishing solution. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Here are some compelling reasons not to try desktop publishing with your word processor.

Do Desktop Publishing with Microsoft Word
While Word has come a long way since its early days, it isn't a desktop publishing solution. That said, many people do use Word for desktop publishing with some success. Here are some things to consider if you plan to do your desktop publishing with your word processor.

Microsoft Word 2003 Guides
If you're looking for guides for Microsoft Word, I've assembled a collection of the best books out there. Whether you're just getting started and want to learn the basics or you're a seasoned pro who needs a complete reference guide, there's something here for you.

What's New in Word 2010
Word 2010 is an evolutionary change from Word 2007. Still, it offers significant improvements over its predecessor. But is it worth your money? Find out what to expect from Word 2010. Learn about its new features and get help deciding whether you should upgrade. Click to read my review of Office 2010 now!

User Reviews of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
Microsoft Office is the leading office suite, thanks largely to professional users. But the program isn't for everyone. Many find it bloated and unwieldy due to the large amount of features. Find out what other users think of Microsoft Office 2011, the latest version for Mac OS X, or tell us what you think of it!

User Reviews of Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft Office is the leading office suite, thanks largely to professional users. But the program isn't for everyone. Many find it bloated and unwieldy due to the large amount of features. Find out what other users think of Microsoft Office 2010, the latest version of Microsoft Office, or tell us what you think of it!

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