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MicroPro Easy for DOS
« on: March 25, 2003, 09:39:51 AM »
I am trying to find out if anyone has had success converting files from MicroPro Easy for DOS to Word. The program was made in 1985 and I don't have WordStar.

I was thinking maybe Wordstar could read the Easy files and then I could convert from Wordstar.



Anybody familiar with Easy?

WordStar Easy 1.55 - ? 1986 MicroPro International Corp.
Originally released for Commodore Colt computers, WordStar Easy is a "lite" version of the full-featured word processor. Featuring pop-up menus, mailing list, spell checker, find/replace text, page numbering, ruler, tab and margin settings, import Lotus 1-2-3/Symphony files, line spacing, headers/footers, auto re-form, boldface, subscript, superscript, underline, undo/restore deleted text, copy/move text, page layout, center line, on-line help, and more. For a program that can fit on a single 1.2MB floppy disk, WordStar Easy can perform some sophisticated word processing tasks other apps many times bigger cannot.

This version was released on six 360K floppies.
Total installed size: 1.17MB
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Re: MicroPro Easy for DOS
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2003, 02:31:22 AM »
Hi,

I have MicroPro Easy, but no disk drive to try to install it from. I also don't have any notes on its file format.

I'd guess that it's closely related to either WordStar 3.3 or 4's format. As long as you have the WordStar import filters installed in Word you could try using these file formats. You'll need to either try renaming a test file a ws3 or ws4 extension, or set the Word options, Confirm Conversions on Open option to ON. If you don't do this the file will almost certainly be read as plain text.

If you have a simple file you can send I can try this for you if you like.

Regards
Mike

PS, as this involves file conversion I've taken the liberty to move the topic to the WordStar for DOS File Conversion board.
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Re: MicroPro Easy for DOS
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2003, 02:58:56 PM »
Thanks, I'll give this a try.
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Re: MicroPro Easy for DOS
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2003, 09:10:38 AM »
Friday, March 28, 2003

The File format is WS3.3.  To convert to Word install the WordStar conversion filter and change the file extension of the Easy files to WS3 or WS4.

I have East 1.5 installed and working.

Phil
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Re: MicroPro Easy for DOS
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2003, 11:37:01 AM »
Sweet. Thanks.
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Re: MicroPro Easy for DOS
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2003, 08:25:12 AM »
I tried this.  It didn't work with the .ws3 extension, but it worked PERFECTLY with the .ws4 extension under Word 2002.

Thanks guys.
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Re: MicroPro Easy for DOS
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2003, 03:47:10 AM »
Good to know you've got it cracked!

If you don't want to bother changing the file name of every file you need to convert you can set Word's Tools > Options... General tab, Confirm conversions on open option. Everytime you open a non-native World file after that you'll get a file type selector box. Choose WordStar 4-7 in that and you should get the same result.

Regards
Mike
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