WordStar

WordStar is a word processor application, published by MicroPro International, originally written for the CP/M operating system but later ported to DOS, that enjoyed a dominant market share during the early- to mid-1980s. Although Seymour I. Rubinstein was the principal owner of the company, Rob Barnaby was the sole author of the early versions of the program; starting with WordStar 4.0, the program was built on new code written principally by Peter Mierau.

WordStar was deliberately written to make as few assumptions about the underlying system as possible, allowing it to be easily ported across the many platforms that proliferated in the early 1980s. As all of these versions had relatively similar commands and controls, users could move between platforms with equal ease. Already popular, its inclusion with the Osborne 1 computer made the program become the de facto standard for much of the word processing market.

As the computer market quickly became dominated by the IBM PC, this same portable design made it difficult for the program to add new features and affected its performance. In spite of its great popularity in the early 1980s, these problems allowed WordPerfect to take WordStar's place as the de facto word processor from 1985 onwards.

Read more about WordStar:  Interface, Features, Installation, Running WordStar in Modern Platforms, WordStar Emulation, WordStar Goes Bi-directional, Filename Extensions, Clone

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Micro Pro International - Interface
... WordStar is still considered by some to be one of the best examples of a "writing program." Because it was designed for text-only display devices with only a single, functional typeface, the ... As initially installed, in text-mode versions of WordStar, approximately the top 1/3 of the screen was a menu of commands, with the very top line being a display of ... The original computer terminals and microcomputers for which WordStar was developed did not have an array of separate function keys or cursor control keys (e.g ...
Micro Pro International - WordStar Emulation
... Although no current version of WordStar is available for modern operating systems, some former WordStar users still prefer WordStar's interface, especially the cursor diamond commands described ... To accommodate these users, WordStar emulation programs were created ... by Yoji Hagiya, which remaps the standard PC keyboard, making many WordStar commands available in most Windows programs ...
Micro Pro International - Filename Extensions
... DOS WordStar files by default have no extension some users adopted their own conventions, such as the letters WS followed by the version number (for example, WS3), or just plain WS ... WordStar for Windows files use the extension WSD WordStar for Windows templates use the extension WST WordStar for Windows macros use the extension WMC WordStar for Windows temporary files use the extension !WS ...
WordStar - Clone
... Newstar produced New Word for Amstrad PCW8256, PCW8512 in mid 1980s, running CP/M on 3-inch floppy disks ... NewWord also was available for MS-DOS and in a native version for Concurrent CP/M ...
Micro Pro International - WordStar Goes Bi-directional
... An agreement was made with MicroPro to develop a version of WordStar that supported both English and Hebrew input ... WordStar, as developed by Elbit, was the first word processor that offered bi-directional input and mixed alphabets ... For several years Hebrew-English WordStar was the de facto WYSIWYG word processor leader until, inevitably, was ousted by younger competitors ...