Problems and Workarounds
Difficulty may be experienced in installing a printer driver in WordPerfect 8.0 or 8.1,
on a distro of 2010 vintage. There appears to be some incompatibility between WordPerfect's
printer-installation module and cups, where the cups version is 1.3.8 or higher. The result
is that the "Printer Create/Edit" button in the "Select Printer" box in WordPerfect produces
no response. Thus installation of a printer driver is not possible.
The simplest workaround is to use LibreOffice Writer to print your .wpd document,
created or edited in WordPerfect.
The problem does not arise in distros of 2008 vintage, such as Mepis 7 or Ubuntu 8.04.
Thus one can install a printer driver, such as the passthru postscript driver, in
Ubuntu 8.04, and then upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04. Or one can install the driver in Mepis 7,
perhaps in a Virtualbox guest, and then copy the relevant driver and settings files
into a separate installation of Mepis 8.0 or 8.5.
The files to be copied in this way are the relevant .prs file (such as passpost.prs)
and the .wpc8x.set file. They should be looked for in the shlib10 directory which forms
part of the wp8 file structure
(for example, in /usr/lib/wp8/shlib10 or /opt/wp8/shlib10),
and in the user's .wprc directiory
(for example, /home/[user]/.wprc or /home/[user]/Documents/.wprc).
Printing by means of LibreOffice may be preferred for a number of reasons:
- the specific drivers provided by WordPerfect are for older printers, and finding one
which works well with a current printer may be troublesome;
- the passthru postscript driver works well with many current printers, but does not
print in colour;
- LibreOffice will interpret the WordPerfect typographical symbol with the code [4, 72] as
the euro symbol, and thus enable you to print that symbol. The code is used for the symbol
in WordPerfect for Windows. Admittedly in WordPerfect for Linux 8 the code will show on screen
a small u in a circle, and the passthru postcript driver will print the u accordingly.
(But see below for another solution).
An alternative method of printing a WordPerfect file on an HP printer is to save the file
in WordPerfect (to a different filename) as a postscript file. Then rename the output file with
a .ps extension. Finally send that file to the HP printer using the hplip utility. For this
you will need to ensure that the hplip-gui package is installed.
If you want to use your own colour settings in WordPerfect for Linux on a KDE4 distro, you may need to alter the KDE system settings by disabling the option: "Apply colors to non-KDE4 Applications".
To do this, load System Settings, then Application Appearance, then Colors, then Options. Then switch off the relevant option.
The Euro Currency Symbol
WordPerfect for Linux 8 was released before the introduction of the euro currency, and
does not directly support the euro currency symbol.
But it is possible in WordPerfect 8 for Linux to view the symbol on screen,
and to print the symbol using the passthru postscript driver, if one has edited
the WordPerfect 8 font file for typographical symbols, so as to replace the u in a circle,
located at 4,72, by a glyph for the euro symbol, copied from another suitable font.
The glyph to be copied should have a width of 500.
Such editing can be done using the FontForge program. The file to edit is wphv04n_.pfb.
A suitable source for the euro symbol glyph is n021003l.pbf, a Nimbus type 1 font which
may be present on a current Linux installation in /usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts.
The symbol appears at at position 395 in the Nimbus font.
Menus, Abbreviations and Dialog Boxes
WordPerfect 8.0/8.1 for Linux (unlike some later versions of WordPerfect for Windows)
does not enable you to edit its menus. But an additional menu can be created by means of a
suitable macro, and can then be added to the button-bar.
Abbreviations can also be created by means of the QuickCorrect function.
If the menus and dialog boxes are too small for comfort, they can be enlarged by
the addition to the command-line of:
You may find that the Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, Ins, Del and arrow keys on the numeric keypad
do not work in WordPerfect for Linux. Here is a script,
named padkeys, which
is designed to set the numeric Home key to emulate the normal Home key, and similarly for the End,
PgUp, PgDn, Ins, Del and arrow keys. It may not work well on all keyboards.