I used both AtariWriter and a pirated (no dongle required) version of PaperClip as a high school kid circa 1984-1986. I preferred the obvious power and flexibility of PaperClip but in the pre-internet days, finding a comprehensive manual for a bit of pirated warez was not terribly easy, lol.
Yeah, I still have a binder full of photocopied manuals for various software that are clearly copies of copies of copies. In my high school days in the 1980s I was lucky to have a photocopier in my dad's office. The coin-operated photocopier the school offered would have made a copied manual more expensive than the actual software for all but very simple game instruction leaflets.