AbiWord

AbiWord Development 2.9.4

Free and simple word processing program

Most people think of Microsoft Word when it comes to word processing, but the software can be pretty expensive if it doesn't come as default. Try an alternative like AbiWord. View full description

PROS

  • Reads and writes OpenOffice and Word documents
  • Very light on resources and simple to use

CONS

  • Not many advanced editing features
  • Requires add-ons to carry out spell-checks etc

Very good
8

Most people think of Microsoft Word when it comes to word processing, but the software can be pretty expensive if it doesn't come as default. Try an alternative like AbiWord.

AbiWord can read and write all standard industry document formats, ranging from open source efforts such as those created in OpenOffice, to those created in commercial apps such as Microsoft Word. It also features support for WordPerfect documents, Rich Text format documents, HTML web pages etc.

Although AbiWord's editing options can't compare with Word, we like the fact that it is a very light word processor that doesn't take up much more processing power than even Text. This makes it especially suitable for those working on slower machines that don't have a decent word processor installed.

What's also nice is that AbiWord is fully customizable with several different plugins to extend its capabilities. These can vary from format converters, document importers and thesauruses to image importers and a text format manager.

AbiWord may be basic but it's generally an impressive word processing app that has everything you need to edit simple documents.

Changes

  • Significant OpenDocument filter improvements
  • Fix a potential crash when more than 2 people are collaborating on a document and one of the collaborators disconnects
  • Improved MS Write filter support

AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, and so forth. Enjoy your favorite Word Processor on the operating system you like to use - be it Windows, Linux, QNX, FreeBSD or Solaris.

AbiWord has been designed to integrate perfectly with the operating system it runs on. It will take advantage of the functionality provided by the system, such as image loading or printing capabilities.

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AbiWord Development 2.9.4

— User reviews — about AbiWord

  • karen.miller.37604

    by karen.miller.37604

    "Don't bother!"

    Awful! All kinds of junk is included with this download. In fact, that's all I got....junk and no word processor. . More.

    reviewed on December 30, 2014

  • victoriaring

    by victoriaring

    "The Worst Word Processor on the Market"

    ABI Word contains so many problems that I do not recommend it. First, there is no envelope function. Secondly, the fonts... More.

    reviewed on January 4, 2011

  • pratliff

    by pratliff

    "file formats"

    I was trying to download my resume, which was typed on the Abiword 2.8 and the online application browse would not accep... More.

    reviewed on December 14, 2010