AbiWord

★★★★★

-Editors

★★★★★

-Users

AbiWord is an award-winning, feature-rich word processing program. With a simple interface, AbiWord is designed to look and function similar to Microsoft Word and is a great alternative to paying for MS Word.

Pros: Accessible interface; vast file format support for editing and sharing

Cons: Differs from conventional word processor interfaces; lacking support documentation

  • Version: 2.8.6
  • File Size: 2.94MB
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000, XP, Vista

Editor's Reviews

Overview:

AbiWord is a comprehensive, capable word processor that helps you create and edit nearly any type of document file out there.

Pros:

There are a number of word processor options out there, with the most popular in use being Microsoft Word. While most word processor functions are the same, each program’s unique features are what truly make them stand out.

AbiWord is a word processor that sets itself apart from all the rest. Not only is a free, open source software, but it is also boasts a different interface than you are used to. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it is more intuitive and easier to understand that the norm. It won’t take you long to figure out where all your tools are, and everything you need is displayed nicely across of the top of the main document screen.

AbiWord also supports a wide array of file formats so you won’t ever have to worry that your AbiWord files will be incompatible with others. You also have the ability to create or save documents in these various formats, instead of translating its own format into another format. AbiWord supports Microsoft Word, HTML, rich text, text, encoded text, Outlook Express Mail, Open Document, OpenOffice Writer, and OpenOffice XML.

Cons:

For those who are faithful to Microsoft Word and its cronies, AbiWord is going to be a different beast. Even though it’s simple to understand and the learning curve is low, its difference could be unappealing to most. However, once you take the time to learn it, you might just find it’s a more intuitive option.

Also, as is the trend with a number of Open Source community-driven software projects, the support and help documentation leaves something to be desired. These documents are created when the software is first launched, but little to no additions or edits are made after.

Final Verdict:

AbiWord is a straightforward and convenient word processor, and it is a viable alternative to its paid counterparts. Try it out and decide for yourself, be we love it!

Product Description

Abiword Personal is a FREE multiplatform, word processing program that contributes to the overall goal of project AbiSource and enables you to work in a more productive way. This office suit is compatible with multiple operating systems such as Linux, Mac OS, Windows and many others. Abiword Personal is part of the GNOME office suite and includes useful tools such as databases, various applications and spreadsheets.

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Full Specifications

    General

  • Publisher: AbiSource
  • Publisher Site: http://www.abisource.com/
  • License: GNU GPL

    Download Information

  • Version: 2.8.6
  • File Size: 2.94MB
  • Price: FREE
  • Operating Systems: Windows 2000, XP, Vista