...at the risk of causing a war...
Has anyone here who said "Atariwriter is better than Wordstar" ever had to write a book or other large scale printed artifact? I'm going to say _no_.
While AtariWriter CAN be used for this purpose, its lack of available memory literally means that you have to chain documents, A LOT MORE, and be _very_ conscious of editing, especially at the end, when you're moving large blocks of text between files, which is very hard to do in AtariWriter, even in Plus. But I guess, 99% of word processing really is just writing a letter to your congressman...
WordStar wins here, both by virtue of the fact that you have a much larger block of memory to work with (roughly 2.5 to 3 times as much memory for text, due to overlaying of program data, and the fact that you're not having to waste your memory map on I/O devices.)
I will say, for those who review Atari Word Processor (the ORIGINAL), and look at it all funny as to how it handles documents, it was actually MUCH better for large scale document editing, than Atariwriter, and YOU CAN write a very large book in Atari Word Processor. It's evident that the author of AWP spent time in front of Wang and Vydec word processing machines.
(so yeah, if you want to use an 8-bit machine to do serious word processing? do it in WordStar.)
Edited by tschak909, Thu Aug 9, 2018 10:04 AM.