FocusWriter Theme – Ode to WordPerfect

I’m not quite sure how I got on this path, but it was indeed a trip down memory lane. I dare say anyone who was around a computer in the mid 80s is intimately familiar with the blue background and the gray text. You couldn’t walk past a keyboard without seeing that paper shortcut template taped to the keyboard. If there was a copy of DOS, there was a copy of WordPerfect.

And as I put this theme together, I came across the history of WordPerfect as written by Pete Peterson, the Executive Vice President. He starts at the company making $5 an hour and rides the wave until the company has $150 million in cash, $100 million in property assets and 4,000 employees. But we all know how the story ends. A few poor business decisions later and WordPerfect is but a mere memory. It still exists in the form of WordPerfect X6, which I plan to download and investigate further, but it’s usage is minor compared to the glory days. The computer industry can be a savage beast some times.

But anyway, enjoy the nostalgia. There’s also a DOS VGA font you can use to give this theme a more authentic look.

 

wordperfect[1]

http://www.8x10gallery.com/focuswriter/wordperfect5.zip – FocusWriter Theme WordPerfect5.1
http://www.dafont.com/perfect-dos-vga-437.font – Perfect DOS VGA 437
http://www.8x10gallery.com/focuswriter/perfect_dos_vga_437.zip – Perfect DOS VGA 437 local download
http://www.wordplace.com/ap/index.shtml – Almost Perfect – The Rise and Fall of WordPerfect

Other Articles of Interest:

Leave a Reply