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  • November 30, 2001
  • By Brian Proffitt

Available from: http://www.hancom.com/
Versions reviewed: HancomWord 6.0 Alphas 1/2
Version currently available: HancomWord 6.0 Alpha 2
License: Proprietary (Korean Copyright)
Cost: Free

The version of HancomWord I did the majority of this review was the version found in Beta 1 of HancomOffice 2.0. This translates to HancomWord 6.0 Alpha 1. The Final Beta of HancomOffice was released last week. Unfortunately, I regret to say that there were no Alpha 2 release in the Final Beta of HancomOffice at that time.

For instance, HancomWord Alpha 1 's interface is something to behold, especially in KDE. This makes sense since HancomWord, like the rest of HancomOffice, is based on the Qt libraries. Fonts on the interface are crisp and clean and the whole thing is pretty well put-together. Unfortunately, in the Final Beta, HancomWord's (which is still tagged as Alpha 1 in the application, despite what the Web site says) fonts were completely out of kilter.

In whatever edition, HancomWord's initial screen throws a lot of toolbars at you from the get-go, so it was a bit cluttered. Since you can collapse the toolbars with a single click of the control bar, though, this was not a big deal. Tools are well-placed, and there are certainly a variety. From spell-checking (which HancomLinux states does work in Alpha 2) to a really nifty little indexing tool. Table creation and graphics file manipulation was easily managed as well.

Since this is a beta version, some of what I point out here are beta issues that should go away. For instance, HancomWord has no Help system yet, nor is TrueType font management for the documents in place yet. The import filters, which were promised to be ready in Alpha 2, are not really in place either.

Actually, this might not be a filter issue. It's hard to tell, since neither revision marks tools or styles are present in either version that I looked at. The only style in the default version of the beta is Normal. You can, however, add your own styles with a Style tool that I thought was very well made. I am relatively sure that more styles will be included in the gold release of HancomWord, but knowing that Style tool is there will still be a big plus.

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