Word processing file conversions shouldn’t be a big deal anymore, except in one instance: trying to open a WordPerfect file on a Mac. There has not been a Mac version of WordPerfect for years–no doubt because outside of the technologically conservative legal market, nobody used WordPerfect any more.
Here’s the solution I’ve found: a free website called Media Convert. It can convert any of hundreds of formats–text, audio, video, graphics–to a wide range of formats. I just uploaded a short WPD file, let it chug away for a minute or so, and downloaded a fresh, shiny PDF version of the article. Highly recommended!