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Author Topic: Alpha 0.40 Released
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Post Alpha 0.40 Released
on: 2013-05-30 08:21

The Windows and Ubuntu 12.04 'Alpha 0.40' version has been released to testers.

Testers can download it as specified in the original email sent to them.

See the Known Issues forum for known issues with this release, and planned upcoming work.

version.txt file
This is the first release of WordTsar for all platforms. Please send error/bug reports to

Commentary and discussion can happen at

Known problems list available on the forum.

- has spellcheck (requires hunspell library)
- currently requires Ubuntu 12.04 or better
- Heavily used and tested

- no spell check
- currently uses custom file load dialog
- rarely used and tested

- no spell check
- sub-optimal event handler slows down text entry
- lightly used and tested

All Operating Systems
- On any crash, WordTsar will create a debug file, with no personal information. Please send the report to with details about what you were doing.
- I use WordTsar every day, currently with a 70,000 word document.
- Current builds contain debug code, and may run slower than a final release.
- OS Menus are not Functional, use Wordstar commands instead.
- To load a file, use ^KR
- File sizes are large to to inclusion of Debug information.

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Post Re: Alpha 0.40 Released
on: 2013-05-31 04:51

One item not mentioned, WordTsar only sees files as Wordstar file format if the file has one of the following extensions: .ws, .ws1, .ws2, .ws3, .ws4, .ws5, .ws6, .ws7.

There is preliminary RTF file support. All other files are treated at UTF-8 text files.

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  1. DMcCunney says:
    Mozilla Firefox 24.0 Windows XP

    I have 567 fonts in Windows, and have had more. (I’m a designer among other things, and collect fonts.)

    This issue also bit Mozilla, as MS library code in Windows builds was tediously enumerating fonts, which did nasty things to Firefox load speed on Windows. Mozilla had an open ticket with MS about it. IIRC, the same issue bit Chrome. (I don’t recall the resolution, and would have to poke around in Bugzilla to see what was done.)

    If you want to do a build that skips the font list build, I’ll test it. It might be best to skip the enumeration on load, and only do it if an operation that uses font requires it.

  2. fofirama says:
    Mozilla 11.0 Windows 7

    Hello, I just noticed that the latest post on the Forum was posted on 28 September last year. Is the development of Wordtsar still progressing?

    • gbr says:
      Google Chrome 33.0.1750.146 Mac OS X 10.9.2


      Yes, still active, though slowed down a bit. I use it everyday.

      What is slowing things down right now is a re-vamp of the core routines to make them thread safe. The current version has an issue where if (for example) you turn on line spacing:

      .ls 2

      The screen is immediately updated with the line spacing. However, the page count doesn’t increase, because WordTsar only updates the current view, not the document. So, I need to background thread the document formatting stuff.

      It’s not as easy as it sounds, since all GUI work under Windows must be done in the main process, not in threads. Figuring out font sizes (which is, of course, critical in layout) is considerred GUI work.

      I’m getting there, but need a bit of patience.

      I think what I’ll be doing is moving the current WordTsar binaries to a more public place, let more people download and use it as it currently stands.