AbiWord is arguably one of the best light word processing applications at any price. But FREE, makes installing this superb application a “no brainer”.
I recently downloaded and installed the Beta version of MS Office 2010 for testing, and I must admit, I’m blown away. Microsoft seems to be hitting all the right notes lately with the release of a bevy of updated products, including Windows 7.
But, not many of us need the power and the amazing functionality of Microsoft Word – or, lets face it, the major expense. A free word processor, like AbiWord, will meet the every day needs of the majority of users.
AbiWord, which is an open source application, has been designed to integrate perfectly with the operating system it runs on, and there are many, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC).
There’s no need to worry about document compatibility issues with AbiWord since it can read, and write, all industry standard document types, including Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Office Open XML (MS Word 2007), Rich Text Format (RTF), HTML web pages, and many more.
If you’ve used MS Word in the past, you’ll encounter no learning curve with AbiWord. It features a similar looking interface to Word, with it’s basic character formatting, paragraph alignment, spell checker, interactive rulers and tabs, styles, unlimited undo/redo, find and replace, and image support.
If you’re running on an older system with limited resources, you’ll be glad to know that this application has a very small resource footprint, and that allows full functionality on systems that are not considered “State of the Art”, by today’s standards.
I find AbiWord with its surprising amount of features and simple straightforward interface, to be the appropriate word processor I need running in the background, while I’m on the Internet on one of my older systems. Its small memory footprint, as opposed to memory hogging Microsoft Word, is ideal. In fact, portable AbiWord is my word processor of choice for my portable office on my USB key.
The following graphic shows a previous review of AbiWord written on this application.
Advanced document layout options
Tables, bullets, lists, images, footnotes, endnotes and styles
Available in most common, and many not-so-common languages
Dictionaries for over 30 languages
Supports right-to-left, left-to-right, and mixed-mode text
The above feature allows support for languages like Hebrew and Arabic
Mail Merge capabilities
Powerful collaboration capabilities – allowing multiple people to work on one document at the same time.
Integrated with a new online web service called AbiCollab.net, which lets you store documents online, allows easy document sharing with your friends, and performs format conversions on the fly.
System requirements: Most UNIX systems, Windows 95 and later, QNX Neutrino 6.2. A Mac OS X native port is also available.
Download at: Download.com
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