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Handmark Wordsmith Pro

Handmark Wordsmith Pro

Fall 2001 Software
Ages: 9 & Up
Manufacturer: Handmark, Inc.
Price: $29.99
Download Price: $29.99
Platform: Palm 05
Hard to figure word-processing software for those little handheld PDAs, right? Well, this highly intuitive, full-featured word processor runs on all Palms and handhelds using the Palm OS, such as the Handspring Visor. Not only does it feature an enhanced memo pad and electronic-book reader, this excellent software package does it all -- everything from bold, italics, underline and other rich text to paragraph formatting, indents, justification, even font selection. It is also fully compatible with MS Word and any PC word processor that can read RTF files.

And this is cool: WordSmith Pro comes bundled with WordComplete, a dictionary-based word completion program that makes inputting text using a PDA's Graffiti writer or portable keyboard faster and easier by offering pop-up completions to words as you write.

But size your student up before adding this powerful word processor to a handheld: Unless your child is in high school or beyond, buying this serious student software would probably be overkill.

Don Oldenburg   ©2001 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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