The images on the screen broke apart to become another picture. Text realigned into a different column format right before the audience's eyes. Backgrounds changed color or design at the touch of a key on a computer.
The composer of the show was WordPerfect Corp. President Alan Ashton. He presented "Beyond Word Processing" for the Dean's Business Forum at Utah Valley Community College.New software with "Windows" capability was demonstrated, as well as WordPerfect programs for graphics, organization and other versatile uses.
Ashton said the Windows program works in conjunction with the computer's disc operating system so that the screen on an IBM-PC looks and operates like a MacIntosh computer.
WordPerfect 2.0 for the MacIntosh computer was released this year and shipped on Monday. WordPerfect for NeXT, a new generation of computers, was shipped earlier this month.
WordPerfect that will run in a Windows environment is not yet available, but it may be out in the second quarter of 1991. "It's a critical time for us," Ashton said.
Windows was created by Microsoft. It is closer to an operating system than a word processing program, said Dave Watson, who provides customer support for NeXT WordPerfect users.
NeXT operates under Unix. Unix is an operating system as DOS is an operating system for the IBM-PC family. NeXT-Step supplements Unix as the operating system for NeXT computers. NeXT is more user-friendly than the Windows environment, Watson said.
Aston said he hopes that WordPerfect for NeXT will help boost sales for the new computer. He likes NeXT's capabilities and would like to see the company succeed, he said.
With WordPerfect's ability to interface with its graphic and organization programs, users can create documents that combine several design elements. A report can have graphics and art work combined with text. The text can be set in columns of various widths as simply as pushing a couple of computer buttons.
Ashton was the first speaker for the spring semester Business School Dean's Forum at UVCC. Dean Ian Wilson said the lecture series meets every other Tuesday and is open to the public. On Jan. 29, Geneva Steel President Joseph Cannon is scheduled to speak.