AbiWord 2.8.6 / 2.9.4 Dev

Aimed at beginners, this program enables you to create and edit text documents with a pretty long list of tools, and supports an array of file formats
AbiWord is a lightweight and open-source application which provides users with a simple means of editing and creating text documents, with support for multiple formats.

Surprise-free installation and minimal GUI

You are required to go through a pretty simple and smooth setup process, which does not come bundled with any offers from third-party products. Nonetheless, if you are interested in skipping this step, you can easily download its portable counterpart, called Portable AbiWord.

The user interface is simple and familiar; you will quickly get acquainted with a standard toolbar, format, table, and extra bar. The program is equipped with basic features found in other similar products.

Use templates, insert tables and format various elements

You can create a template document (e.g. business letter, memo, press release, resume, two columns), import styles, revert file to last saved date, change document properties, paste unformatted text, find and replace words, and go to a specified page, line or bookmark.

Aside from that, you can insert a break, header and footer, as well as tables, text boxes, table of contents, symbols, RDF links, mail merge fields, files, pictures or direction markers. The fonts, paragraphs, bullet points and text boxes formats can be altered, while you can also create and modify styles.

Support for multiple file types and languages

It is possible to convert a text to table (or vice versa), highlight RDFs, edit RDF triples, manage collaboration accounts, translate the program's interface into another language, use bidirectional features, shape glyphs and mirror characters.

In addition to that, it is possible to save documents to a custom location using multiple extensions, including DOC, RTF, TXT, EML, ODT, DOCX, SXW, HTML and a proprietary one (ABW, ZABW).

Bottom line

To conclude, AbiWord may not have multiple advanced features which are usually found in other, more popular word processors, yet it is clearly dedicated to first-time or less experienced users. It encloses comprehensive Help contents and the interface is clean, yet it could use some improvements.

The amount of resources it consumes is insignificant and thus, the computer’s performance is not going to be burdened, and we did not come across any hangs or freezes in our tests.

Reviewed by on July 20th, 2014

Also available: Portable AbiWord


our in-depth analysis
Editor's Review
VERY GOOD
last updated on:
July 20th, 2014, 15:11 GMT
file size:
7.9 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
SourceGear Corporation
license type:
GPL 
operating system(s):
Windows All
category:
C: \ Office tools \ Office suites
download hub:
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softpedia rating

4.0/5

user rating 457

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What's New in version 2.9.4 Dev
  • Core:
  • Skip over footnotes when formatting a text span. Only format main text (bugs 5046 & 12496) (Simon Larochelle)
  • Fix bug 7274: set caret position correctly after deleting a footnote (Simon Larochelle)
  • Fix bug 12496: when applying style to a block, do not remove char styles. Also do not touch embedded structures and only remove span properties that were unnecessary with the old style. (Simon Larochelle)
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Application description

AbiWord is a word processing tool similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for typing papers, reports, letters, memos...

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