Abiword, Oh My!

by Dustin Puryear

So in a recent blog I brought up IBM Lotus Symphony, and during the discussion that followed a mention was made about Abiword. I have to admit, I have not looked at Abiword in a VERY LONG TIME.

I just checked out Abiword again on their website, and I have to say they have made a lot of progress. It is not a bad piece of software. And.. It’s light. Microsoft Office is a big application. OpenOffice is a big application. But Abiword is rather targeted and not all that large. At all. A quick run through a download seems to be pretty snappy.

Hmm. Not a bad choice for PCs that don’t have Microsoft Office installed at the factory..

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Felipe Alfaro Solana
2008-07-16 21:19:37
It seems the Linux and Mac OS X versions are stuck at 2.4.X, so it seems they are pretty much unmaintained (last one dates back from 2006). What a pity.
Ian Tindale
2008-07-17 03:42:36
I used to use Abiword up until about 2005, when I transitioned over to Writely, which became Google Docs. It's of far greater utility to me to be able to pick up a piece of writing and continue, no matter which computer one is sitting at, and without any regard as to whether Abiword is installed or installable or not.
2008-07-18 04:50:50
Who stuck with 2.4? :)
OpenSuse 11.0 - abiword-2.6.2-26.1.i586.rpm
Ubuntu 8.04LTS - abiword (2.6.3-0ubuntu2)
Windows - abiword-setup-2.6.4.exe

Gnomeric is a winner (no VBA equivalent yet :( ) for spreadsheets.