Alpha 0.51 Released

The latest Alpha was released today.

This release brings about background document formatting.  Now, if you have a 50 page document, and you increase line spacing to 2 at the top of the document (.ls2), you’ll see the page count increase.

Unfortunately, we still have a bug.  WordTsar doesn’t know when to stop formatting, so it always reformats to the end of the document on every keystroke.  On desktops, it’s not a big deal, but on laptops, you will notice a battery drain.


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10 Responses to Alpha 0.51 Released

  1. Dun says:
    Google Chrome 37.0.2062.103 Windows 7

    Learned about this website and program while searching for WordStar. Unless I missed something very obvious to everyone else, appreciate knowing how to get a copy of the program to use..
    Thanks in advance.

  2. gbr says:
    Google Chrome 37.0.2062.122 Mac OS X 10.9.5

    There’s a downloads link right at the top of the page.

  3. Haakon Dahl says:
    Internet Explorer 9.0 Windows 7

    Love your project. Will try. One of the things I realized I loved about WordStar was that aside from allowing me to work much faster, the machine itself wasn’t killing itself trying to re-format things all the time. This was one of the key thing I remember: I could not bog a 286 by holding down a key. No swapping memory, no calculating how many pixels to move the rest of the document down in memory.
    DOS 6.22 on a 486DX was awesome. The machine so overpowered the requirements of the OS that well-written programs were faster and smoother than anything I’ve seen in the last fifteen years. I’ll gratefully try out your project and give you any feedback I can.

  4. Bob Arnold says:
    Google Chrome 61.0.3163.100 Mac OS X 10.11.6

    Was very excited to find this, and disappointed to see that it may be inactive. I was unable to get version 5.0 or 5.1 to run on my Mac (OS 10.11.6). I found a referenced to the OS in the pList and edited it but it didn’t make any difference. Is there a workaround, or any possibility of an update? Thanks!

    • Gerald Brandt says:
      Mozilla Firefox 56.0 Ubuntu Linux

      I use this on my Mac daily. That being said, I’m working on a new version, which I will open source when it’s running.

      • Garrett says:
        Mozilla Firefox 55.0 Linux

        Overjoyed to see you’re still working on this superb project, I applaud your efforts! The writing world needs a proper reboot of Wordstar, now more than ever.

        As of this moment, I am utilizing my original copy of Wordstar 7.0 on an old IBM thinkpad running FreeDOS 1.2, which works astonishingly well. However, It’d be nice to have an updated and improved version for modern operating systems as well. 🙂

  5. Bob Arnold says:
    Safari 604.4.7 Mac OS X 10.11.6

    Thank you for the reply. I would likely use WordTsar on a daily basis as well, but when I attempt to launch the app after downloading, I get a message that the app can’t be opened because of a problem — check with developer to see if it works with this version of MacOS (10.11.6).

    What am I doing wrong? Is this OS too old, too recent?

    Anyway, I will keep checking to see if a new version comes out.

    Thanks again.

    Bob Arnold

  6. Ralf says:
    Safari 603.3.8 Mac OS X 10.10.5

    In MacOS 10.10.5 the alpha0,51 also starts and crashes imminently.

    • Gerald Brandt says:
      Google Chrome 67.0.3396.79 Linux

      When starting a new document, insert a pages worth of blank lines and go back to the top. It should be more stable.

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