Protext by Arnor 1985-1996

What is Protext?

One of the most successful British word processor programs, developed by Peterborough-based Arnor Ltd between 1985 and 1995, Protext has sold over 30,000 copies. Original written for the Amstrad CPC464, Protext was subsequently released for the Amstrad PCW8256, the PC, the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga and the Acorn Archimedes.

When Arnor closed in 1995 it seemed that Protext had become another British casualty of the fast-evolving world of computers. But a group of Protext users with professional experience from other areas of business were not prepared to let it go. They formed a partnership called Protext Software with the copyright owners and original programmers and relaunched the program in an new version (v6.7) for the PC. Now, in July 2008, Protext has been issued as freeware and can be downloaded from this web site, completely free of charge.

Despite being packed with advanced features, above all the latest versions of Protext remain fast and very easy to use. It is a credit to the programmers that the user-friendly qualities of the original CPC version have been maintained through to this latest one while building in more and more useful features.

Freeware Download Information

The full release of Protext 6.7 is available here as a completely free download. Just click on the link below and save the ZIP file to your computer. After the download is complete you should extract all files to a folder.

Open the folder in Windows and then:

If using Windows Vista, any other version of Windows except XP, or MS-DOS run INSTALLC.BAT which will install Protext to C:\PROTEXT. Alternatively INSTALLD.BAT will install to D:\PROTEXT. If you want to install to a different location you will need to do this from a Command Prompt by typing INSTALL {any path}.

If using Windows XP then run INSTALL16C.BAT which will install Protext to C:\PROTEXT. Alternatively INSTALL16D.BAT will install to D:\PROTEXT. If you want to install to a different location you will need to do this from a Command Prompt by typing INSTALL {any path} 16.

Download Protext 6.7 (PC version).

The manuals are available for download here. The original Protext documents are not suitable for downloading as they were formatted specifically for an early Kyocera laser printer, so they have been converted (using the SAVEA command) to a text file that can be read in Notepad or Wordpad. Unfortunately this means the document layout is not ideal but all the text is available. If anyone has the time and inclination to reformat the manuals as a Word or PDF document please contact us at the email address below and we will let you have the originals.

Download Protext User manual.

Download Protext Reference manual.

Protext is available for:
PC version 6.7 (MS-DOS 3.0 or later, Windows 3.x, 95/98 or NT. Requires 640K RAM and a hard disk). Download
Atari version 6.6 (for ST, TT and Falcon. Requires 1Mb RAM ) Download (v6.5)
Commodore Amiga version 6.6. Requires 1Mb RAM. Download

Download French and German dictionary and thesaurus.

Other Products

Prodata v1.23

Protext's companion database program, includes full printed manual
PC and Atari
Year 2000 patch

Protext v4.3

Earlier version of Protext for PCs with no hard disk or with only 512K RAM.
PC only

Contact Details

For technical enquiries e-mail (change -AT- to @)

Feature Summary (version 6.7)

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* Edit any size file, limited only by disk size.
* Up to 36 documents open for editing
* Fast spelling checker with Collins dictionary (over 110,000 words).
* Thesaurus with 43,000 entries and 827,000 responses
* Auto Correct - learn from your typing errors and next time correct
them automatically. Expands abbreviations as you type
* Unrivalled printer support including PostScript (over 400 printers
* Print Preview shows a full page just as it will appear
* Graphics import and viewer, colour graphics printing
* Styles with scalable font and colour support (printer permitting)
* Flexible find and replace function works across multiple files
* Index and contents
* Footnotes
* Indent tabs and centre tabs
* Newspaper column printing
* Automatic hyphenation
* Add column of figures
* Powerful mail merge programming language
* Configuration program allowing dozens of options to be set.
* File conversion utility for importing and exporting various formats.
* File sorting program.
* 190 page user manual including step by step tutorial.
* 160 page reference manual.

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