WordPefect X5 has a Service Pack 2

Service Pack 2 for Corel WordPerfect Office X5 is auto-installing on most systems now. On my US setup, the version number (Look in the menu under Help, About WordPerfect…) has notched up to

The service pack is also available for download at Corel:
The download varies is size by language; English is 55.5 Mb.

Here’s the short list of new stuff:

New Features and Improvements

WordPerfect Office X5 Service Pack 2 offers a number of stability improvements and addresses user requests for enhancements to popular features, including Enhanced File dialogs, PDF output and Microsoft® Windows® 7 compatibility.

    Improvements to Windows 7 compatibility: optimizations to the Enhanced File dialog’s tree control and field sorts, improved indexing and more

      Improvements to the formatting and fidelity of PDF output

        Updates to macro support, to account for the latest processor technologies

          Improvements to how the suite displays extended characters

            Refresh of WordPerfect® Lightning™ for Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 9

              Updates to WordPerfect Office add-ons for use with Mozilla® Thunderbird® 3.1.x

And the full list of issues fixed and tweaked is here:

Service Pack 1 for WordPerfect X5 Released

Corel has release Service Pack for WordPerfect X5.
It’s available from the help menu–choose ‘Check for Updates’, or from here:

From the announcement:

New Features and Improvements

Besides adding even more stability to WordPerfect Office X5, Service Pack 1 provides document management enhancements, file compatibility updates to the DOC and DOCX formats, and improvements to the Web services and printing features.

Specific enhancements include:

* Improved compatibility with Microsoft® Office—and specifically, with Microsoft Office changes to formatting between versions 2007 and 2010
* Improved support for OpenType® and Type 1 fonts
* Expanded support for Microsoft® SharePoint® and Web services

This service pack also includes these customer requested enhancements:

* Reverting the default file-open filter to *.* in WordPerfect
* Supporting the insertion of graphics in PDF output on multi-core computers
* Improving table responsiveness during date insertion

CorelDraw Service Pack 1 for Suite X5 Adds Stock Photo Browsing

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 Now Offers Direct Integrated Access to Online Photo Sites
FREE Update to Award-Winning Graphic Design Software Connects with Third-Party Content Providers; Offers Expanded File Format Support

Ottawa, ON – July 28, 2010

Corel Corporation today announced the introduction of a free update for CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X5, the company’s flagship graphic design software. Available as a free download from Corel’s website, Service Pack 1 (SP1) includes new functionality to Corel® CONNECT™ that enables users to instantly browse millions of free and for purchase stock images on leading online photo sites including Fotolia and iStockphoto® from within the CorelDRAW creative environment.

“With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5, our goal was to deliver a suite of professional applications that enabled our users to create with impact,” said John Falsetto, Senior Product Manager, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. “This update takes this even further, giving our users even more control and options to connect with compelling content. Providing exceptional value to today’s graphics professional, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 is the only professional graphic design software to offer users direct access to leading stock image sources.”
Instant Access to More Online Content:
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WordPerfect X5 is Launched at the Washington DC FOSE Show

Details are on our sister site, Software Knowledge Base:


“Pref” Macro Commands

From Adrian Roth:

Environment: WordPerfect
Windows XP Professional SP 3
When I try to use the following macro commands:
PrefLocationOfDocuments or

I get a ‘Parameter error’ message, regardless of the parameters specified. The parameter in error is not indicated. Is there something special about these commands, something that I should know?

Those commands are in the old style, where each command includes a set of brackets and options. I’ve had reliable results by ignoring them. Instead, go to the WordPerfect Macro Help file, and browse through the section of “Current WordPerfect System Variables”. I think you’ll use “?PathDocument” and “?PathMacros”, but there are also options for the supplemental folders for each of those settings.

These system variables are easy to use without parameters; this sample works in my code, to assign the current Graphics path to a variable named GPath: