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Word 2000 Compaibility Mode

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We currently have a legacy application that produces letters by means of server-side automation of Word 2000. Essentially our application merges Word 2000 templates with customer data, inserting standard paragraphs and substituting variables to create customer letters. The time has come to replace this application. We have tried out one of your competitors’ products – Spire.doc from Ice Blue. The results are disappointing because the documents do not all render in the same way as they do in Word 2000, so they are not fit to be sent to customers without remediation of the templates. There are various symptoms, including the handling of page breaks, section breaks, columns widths, etc..

Our parent company has suggested that we look at Aspose, as they use it successfully for various purposes. At first glance, it looks like Aspose.Words for .Net may be a candidate. However, we need to know whether it will behave consistently with Word 2000, or whether we are likely to get the same sort of compatibility issues. Ideally there will be a "Word 2000 Compatibility Mode".

Can you get back to me with a view on whether or not we would be able to use Aspose Words and guarantee like-for-like output without wholesale remediation of the document templates?

Thank you for your help.

Hi Tim,

Aspose.Words for .NET supports all versions of MS Word starting from 2000. You can also optimize your documents for any specific version using the following code. This will allow you to produce the same result as you do with MS Word 2000.


Our product team is working hard to produce the same results with Aspose.Words as you do with MS Word and in general you can say you will get the same result. However if you see any issue with a specific document, you can report in forums and we will be happy to fix that issue.

Best Regards,

Great. Thanks for for speedy reply Muhammed.