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icWord FAQ

How do I read a document in icWord®?
What's new in Version 4.1?
Can I use icWord to do a batch conversion of AppleWorks files in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)?
What's new in Version 4.0?
Is version 4 a free upgrade to owners of previous versions?
Can icWord 4 show Word 2007 docx files?
Is icWord® 100% WYSIWYG?
Where are my footnotes?
My Mac can't open the icWord® application that I downloaded from this site (installation problems).
Does icWord® support other languages?
icWord® doesn't open my MS Word file. What should I do?
What is the difference between the different file formats icWord® supports in 'save as' feature?
What is CarbonLib and where do I download it?
What has been developed since icWord 1.0?
What new features will be available in future releases?

How do I read a document in icWord®?

Simply drag the MS Word or AppleWorks file onto the icWord® icon, or, if icWord® is already open, you can use the 'open' command in the file menu.

What's new in Version 4.1?

  • Support for Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard)

Can I use icWord to do a batch conversion of AppleWorks files in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)?

icWord 4.1 is better used as a viewer to see AppleWorks 5/6 or ClarisWorks 5 files on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). icWord 4.1 will convert one file at a time by doing a Save As... command for each file that you view. If you are moving from an older system to Mac OS X 10.5 and you need to do a batch conversion of AppleWorks word processing files (cwk) then use docXConverter 3.0 that allows you to do batch conversion.

What's new in Version 4.0?

New Features

  • Reads WordprocessingML (XML generated by Word 2003)

Improvements

Is version 4 a free upgrade to owners of previous versions (1 , 2 or 3)?

The upgrade to version 4 is a paying upgrade for users who have purchased icWord 3 or any previous version. Please contact support@panergy-software.com to get the details of the upgrade procedure.

Can icWord 4 show Word 2007 docx files?

icWord 4.x cannot open Word 2007 docx files by itself. However, it works together with docXConverter to show the docx files. docXConverter is converting the docx files to the RTF format and icWord 4.x shows the resulting RTF files.

My Mac can't open the icWord® application that I downloaded from this site (installation problems).

For OS X:

After downloading the program you should get a single file called "icWord_4.1.dmg".

  • This file is a disk image which should mount automatically. If it does not then double-click on the "icWord_4.1.dmg" file.
  • You will get the software license agreement of icWord. Read it, and if you want to install icWord click on the "Agree" button.
  • You will get a disk image which contains the icWord application.
  • Drag the icWord icon (the colored icon) to your application folder.
  • At this stage your installation is complete and you can run icWord by double-clicking on its icon located in the Appications folder.

For OS 9:

After downloading the program you should get a single file called "icWord4.0.sit" which has been compressed by a program called Stuffit which is very common in the Mac world.

  • Normally your browser should automatically activate a program called Stuffit Expander at the end of the download process in order to decompress the downloaded file.
  • After decompression you should have a folder called "icWord Installer folder". In this folder you should have a single application file called "icWord 4.0 Demo Installer".
  • This application file is a standard Macintosh installer.
  • Double-click on the installer file to install icWord on your hard drive and follow the step by step instructions.

If your .sit file was not decompressed automatically, drag it on the Stuffit Expander application and it will start to decompress. If you do not find the freeware application "Stuffit Expander", it is available for download at Allume Systems web site.

Is icWord® 100% WYSIWYG?

Almost. Columns are displayed one after the other. WordArt text is presented, but the art form isn't retained. Most drawings are presented; some freeform drawings are not.

Where are my footnotes?

You can see the text of a footnote by pointing at it. The text will appear in a bubble and will also appear, numbered, at the end of the document.

Does icWord® support other languages?

icWord® works in English, all Western European languages and all double-byte languages (Far East) such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. icWord® 4.0 has also a Japanese version .

icWord® doesn't open my MS Word file. What should I do?

On OS 9 it is possible that icWord® needs more memory, so try allocating more memory to the program. To do so see Mac OS: Assigning more memory to an application program.

If this doesn't work or if you are working on Mac OS X, send the original Word file to support@panergy-software.com. We will try to get that file opened for you!

What is the difference between the different file formats icWord® supports in 'save as' feature?

RTF (Rich Text Format):
This saves the text in a format that preserves all the text attributes (e.g. font, line spacing, styles, tabs, etc.) as well as the pictures. Use it for exporting text to other word processing programs. All versions of Microsoft Word understand RTF files so this is a good format to use when you want to send a document to Word users.

Text document:
This is Macintosh text, used in Simple Text and other programs. Styling information is not included.

Unicode text document:
This is Unicode text, used in Mac OS X and Windows 2000 and beyond as the native encoding. This is especially useful when you have text in non-Roman languages, including double-byte languages such as Japanese, etc.

What is CarbonLib and where do I download it?

In order to run, icWord® 4.x requires the presence of CarbonLib 1.6 or better in your system. CarbonLib is an Apple library used to provide Mac OS X Compatability. If CarbonLib 1.6 is not present in your system, icWord® 4.x will give an alert requesting it. You may download the latest version of CarbonLib from the Apple web site.

What has been developed since icWord 1.0?

New Features

  • Support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) (4.1)
  • Reads WordprocessingML (XML for Word) (4.0)
  • Integration with MacLinkPlus DeLuxe (3.2)
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) (3.1)
  • Support for Eastern Europe documents (3.1)
  • Support for Cyrillic documents (3.1)
  • Shows PowerPoint presentations (3.0)
  • Shows NisusWriter documents (3.0)
  • Save As... NisusWriter documents (3.0)
  • Works under Mac OS X 10.1 (2.2)
  • Support for Fixed Placed graphics (2.2)
  • Shows AppleWorks documents (version 5 and 6) (2.0)
  • Saves documents in RTF (2.0)
  • Saves documents in AppleWorks 5 and 6 (2.0)
  • Saves documents in Macintosh Text (2.0)

Improvements

  • Support for additional character and paragraph styles (4.0)
  • Support for typographical characters (4.0)
  • Better viewing of tables (4.0)
  • Better support of footnotes (4.0)
  • Better line spacing rendition (4.0)
  • Easier installation in Mac OS X (3.2)
  • Better viewing of tables (3.2)
  • Better Printing (3.2)
  • Better support for multiple users in Mac OS X (3.1)
  • Better viewing of tables (3.1)
  • Better viewing of RTF documents (3.1)
  • Better support of fields in Word documents (3.0)
  • Easier definition of the font substitution table (3.0)
  • Additional preferences for the size of the viewer's window (3.0)
  • Improved Save as Text and Save as Unicode, which now includes the export of all Word elements (text boxes, tables, footnotes and others) (3.0)
  • Better Word Art rendering in the Word viewer (3.0)
  • Various fixes in opening and saving AppleWorks files (3.0)
  • Improvement of RTF export (2.2)
  • Export text in tables (2.2)
  • Possibility to substitute font and sizes with a font substitution table(2.2)
  • Better support of RTF import (2.0)
  • Better support of files created by the Far East version of Microsoft Word (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other double-byte languages) (2.0)

What new features will be available in future releases?

New features are being developed in response to user requests. Tell us what you'd like us to include! Email us at feedback@panergy-software.com.