Hi all, Here is (in principle) a sensational freebee: http://www.corel.com/products/macintosh/wpmac35/pack_freedownload.htm It is Word Perfect version 3.5 for Macintosh. I recommend it because I was pleased to have bought a couple of slightly earlier $100 licences (to version 3.1 and 3.0aFR of 1994). I greatly admire the WP architecture. There are a slew of primitives and one can come close to building one's dream wordprocessor by use of an excellent macro facility with both GUI and script programming interfaces. WP is the best tool I know for technical typing involving many fonts, styles, and particularly special sub and super script sizes and levels. The fine and adjustable handling of sub and super scripts may be unique. (??!) You can easily program highly tuned and high speed behavior onto a single key. Of course this appreciation is radically slanted to my own needs. There are tons of standard goodies. The diction/syntax checker is (surprisingly) helpful. Speed is always respectable and occasionally brilliant. My stripped down installation is 10Mo. The 3.5 freebee is *bigger*. What to say about 3.5? Donno really. It seems much like 3.1. But for me it froze so often that I returned to 3.1. My best guess is that if you are lucky enough to have an environment in which it is stable then you will have something that is in key respects superior to MSWord. My bottom line is: don't plump for Word or any equally big wordprocessor without first checking out the WP3.5 freebee. Cheers Larry S PS. WP exports/imports to/from all WP and also MS RTF exchange format. Goto, without MacLink, does MarinerWrite at least export in some widespread format? PPS. For me too, WriteNow has died and then come back to life. The obvious conclusion is that bugs do creep deep into the Mac OS and then (sometimes) they get killed off again.