In message <51ebeh-...@intheattic.eternal-september.org
on 28 Jan 2021 Juancho wrote:
> So, I've been wondering... How good/bad was Wordstar for the Amstrad CPC?
> And I mean with that: was it usable?, barely palatable?, packed with
> features?, best of class word processor for that computer platform?, a joy
> to use?, hellish to use?, seldom used because other better options existed?
I never used WordStar on the Amstrad CPC. Many people reckoned Arnor's
Protext was the best wordprocessor, but there were others that carried on
being developed a long time, like BrunWord. We had Protext in ROM, so all
you had to do was enter |p to start the wordprocessor in an instant. I
believe Brian Watson, the "last 8-bit tycoon", long after using the machine
seriously, kept a CPC by his phone because if you wanted to take notes on a
phone call, quickly turning the CPC on and entering Protext could be done in
about three seconds, easily beating PC boot times.
> Also, I know the Amstrad PCW was a popular writing tool in the 80's.
> Was Wordstar used in that? Or was some other word processor the tool of
> choice for the Amstrad PCW platform?
Most PCW users used the wordprocessor that was supplied with it, Locoscript,
from Locomotive Software. It booted off its own floppy disc, so it was
effectively a complete operating system in itself. Locoscript was written
with the PCW's hardware in mind, so used the full 90-character wide screen
and special keys on the keyboard.
Alternatively you could boot CP/M+ and run any CP/M based wordprocessor.
Protext was a popular alternative to Locoscript. Generic CP/M-based
wordprocessors would probably have seemed poor by comparison with any
wordprocessor designed specifically for the PCW.