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Ichitaro vs Word

Today I tried a new word processing programme at work. Ok, it's not really a new programme at all, and I've known about it for years, but this week I finally gave it a try.

I'm talking about Ichitaro (一太郎).

Up until now, I've always used Microsoft Word pretty much without thinking about it. It's what I've always used since Word Perfect went belly up.

Over the years, I've amassed a list of things I really don't like about Word, but I've never really had a viable alternative to it, so I've learned to just grin and bear it.

But that may have changed. Ichitaro is the main Japanese company based word processor around, and although I'd have to say that Word is perhaps slightly more popular, it's not strange at all to see Ichitaro on people's computers here.

Anyway, I've given it a try and so far I like what I see. The user menus and whatnot are quite different from Word, so I have a lot to relearn, but if it continues to be as versatile as I have seen so far, I might be sold on this one.

For anyone in Japan who wants to support Japanese software companies over Microsoft, I would say you should give it a try, too.

Here is a link to their official website for the newest version.
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Incidentally, the version I tried is the one before it, Ichitaro 2005.


Ooooh! Although I have Ichitaro, personally I hate it.

The reason is that it doesn't work with a lot of software I use. They are all designed to be compatible with MS Word but not Ichitaro.

Based on my experience, a lot of companies I've worked for use Word. The ones that stick with Ichitaro are government-related organizations.

However, I like ATOK from the same company rather than Microsoft's IME. 😌
Yes, I know how you feel about compatibility. That is the one thing I don't like about it so far. But I think it is much better for creating documents in that you can be much more precise where you want to put objects on your page, which is very important for me.

If, for those times when compatibility is an issue, one were to convert it to a Word document, I wonder if it wouldn't lose much information or be too much hassle...

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