WordPerfect X4 is definitely not short on features. In fact, the sheer volume of functionality included in the application would almost be overwhelming if the user interface were not so easy to navigate. Since the strong PDF capabilities and increased file format support are new highlights to the X4 release, I’m going to wait and address each of those separately below. Still, in addition to these items, there are a few others worth mentioning.
The Reveal Codes functionality may not be new to the X4 release of WordPerfect, but it’s something that’s probably very new to users who have just recently tried out the product. When enabling this tool, your document will be split into two screens – the main editor and a separate editor where you view and edit format controls.
Unlike other word processing applications where you have to guess a little about what’s going on behind the scenes, WordPerfect lays the whole thing out in front of you. Being able to make changes directly to the formatting controls in this manner can save hours of headaches and frustration.
Redaction is another nice feature that’s build right into WordPerfect X4. This tool allows you to mark and hide confidential information in a document, effectively allowing you to have two versions of the document – one for public eyes and one for private – without creating an entirely new document from scratch. Microsoft Word does have redaction capabilities, but currently they’re only available through add-ons and are not part of the base application.
Although templates are common to any word processing application, WordPerfect categorizes these layouts based on project type.
The variety in this list of project templates is just another demonstration of WordPerfect’s versatility. You can choose from business layouts such as annual report and fax templates, creative projects like making a greetings card, or more specific designs that include templates for exams and checklists.