CNET Editors' review
Are there really people out there who do not have any kind of word-processing capabilities at all? No Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, or Google Docs? The existence of Word Reader presupposes that such people exist, that there is a demand for a program that lets users view Word, HTML, and text files and not do much of anything else with them. If you are one of these people, we suppose that Word Reader works well enough, although by its very nature it doesn't have many features.
When Word Reader is first launched it asks users which file extensions they wish to associate with the program; it can handle DOC, DOCX, HTML, TXT, and RTF files. The program then functions just like any other file reader, letting users scroll, zoom, and search the document. There are three viewing modes, page view, read, and full-screen. We tried the program with a variety of different documents, and while it worked fine with text-based files, it couldn't seem to handle the formatting in an HTML file. The program has no Help file; there's a link to an online support page, but there's nothing there except a brief FAQ about the publisher's products in general. Overall, we found that Word Reader worked as it was supposed to, but it's not particularly useful, and we have trouble imagining why anyone would choose it over other programs with more features.
Word Reader installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program with reservations.
From Abdio Software:
Word Reader allows you to read MicroSoft Word 2007 (*.DOCX), MicroSoft Word 97-2003(*.DOC), Hyper Text Markup Language (*.Htm,*.Html), Plain Text Format (*.TXT), Rich Text Format (*.RTF). Word Reader is a multilingual software, including English, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Very user-friendly interface and easy to use. Very quick in read speed and no quality is lost.
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All versions:3.0 stars
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Current version:2.0 stars
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"Quick and effective trialware"
Version: Word Reader 6.24
Converts docs, docx's to whatever you want (i.e. docs, rtfs or pdfs), and does it quite quickly, easily and effectively. Asks most politely before taking over file-type associations. Contains no unwanted taskbars. And, best of all, seems to work well in all Windows systems from Win98 onwards (so OK, I have only tried it in Win98SE, which tends to have a hard time with docs and docxs, as but it worked just fine in that environment).
Download.Cnet says that this is free software, but this is utterly false! It is TRIALWARE. According to the Abdio website, it costs about $40. If you don't pay, the software plasters its logo over all converted files. Definitely very rude!
This is tolerably useful software, in that it does provide a simple solution to a very tiny problem. But for $40??? They have to be kidding.
"trialware; sets itself to your default word processor"
Version: Word Reader 6.24
Yes, will convert files (I used it to convert docx->doc. Worked OK but had problems formatting the tables) But it wants to do much, much more.
I am so unhappy with this software that I created a new account just to share my bad experience. Where to start?
1) Trialware, not free as CNET states.
2) prints their company name and purchase price on each sheet of your printout
3) all the *.doc files on my hard-drive now show as WordReader "format," even ones that have never been touched by me using WordReader. When I create a new document using MS-Word, it also shows the icon of WordReader. If I click on a file (i.e. download an email attachment), it defaults to using the WordReader application. Workaround: I have to first open MS-Word and then open the file through that. A real PITA.
4) How can I make this *not* be the default word processor? I've looked and can't see how to configure that.
5) no uninstall function.
I wanted an application that I might use twice a month. Now I have an ongoing headache that I need to resolve. Can I give it negative stars? Can I charge them for my time to figure out to get their software off my PC?
This software wants to be your main squeeze for all things word processing. It's impossible to reconfigure and uninstall. And it's also not free as CNET states but Trialware. Huge disappointment. CNET has been a reliable source up to now but they dropped the ball on this one.Note: I fixed #3. When WordReader installed I had mistakenly set the "association" to *.doc files. As far as I know, there's no way to change it via WordReader (didn't get much Help through their program; their Help menu even has obvious typos, no a good sign) However, I googled for information and was able to change the associations via the Windows Control Panel. The other problems remain and I'm still hoping to find a better tool than this for the docx->doc conversion.
Updated on Oct 12, 2012