I need this for writing assignments for U courses. After trying several, including a couple I have on CD this is the one I settled with. It does all the basics, like, page set up, line spacing, footnotes, page numbering, word count, and more. It has a relatively small footprint. It is easy to learn how to use. A great user friendly freebie.
I admit I don't use word processors much - I can usually do with something as simple as Notepad, even when I'm translating documents.
I like the non-cluttered menus and their organization, getting to the function you need couldn't be easier. Also you will find in the menus just the right tools and actions you would have thought of.
A close friend who is a total beginner in what concerns computers was having troubles in doing a paper for the university with another widely used office suite, and she only needed to add footnotes. I recommended Abi to her and she has never needed anything else since. Surprisingly, I didn't have to explain her how to use it.
I believe that AbiWord has to offer enough features to satisfy virtually everyone. For spreadsheets, another application that's also part of the Gnome desktop and is available for Windows too is Gnumeric.
AbiWord is my word processor of choice. MS Word compatible!
I tried almost every version of Abiword, in Windows
as well as in Linux. And always there was that nasty
incompatibility with OpenOffice. Abi cannot handle
docs from OO with pictures, tables, etc.
Abi may be nice for simple docs but I'll stick to
This is my 2nd fav to OpenOffice although for newer users, AbiWord may be a nice break in due to being so scaled down compared to OO. Either way, this is another great word processor and of course, MUCH cheaper than MS Word. Free, as a matter of fact. I would recommend this to any user and think it's a wonderful freebie.
AbiWord is very easy to use and looks great. The size of it is very small considering what exactly it is, which works perfectly for me since I have some what of a small hard drive. The only down side of the program is that it doesn't include anything similar to excel, but as long as you don't use excel then that's not a problem. AbiWord gets a definite 5 star rating!
I was searching a simple and serious alternative to MS Word, and my search ended with Abiword, it has all the features i need, and is relatively light. First of all it's stable (i had several instability problems with Open Office), and does the job very well without all the bell and whistle ala MSWord.
Go for it!
Each new "stable" edition, time after time after time, brings new, non-obscure bugs. If you want an open source editor, go with Open Office.
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