AbiWord

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 202 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.6
  • Total Downloads:
    565,443
  • Date Added:
    June 13, 2010
  • File Size:
    7.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    286
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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AbiWord is an open-source word processing program that gives you the freedom to create and share documents, as well as open documents created in other programs. No matter what type of word processor you're used to, you'll feel right at home with this intuitive program.

Pros

Accessible interface: The layout is quite similar to most other word processing programs, so it doesn't take long to figure out where everything is. All font options, editing tools, etc are nicely arrayed across the top of the main document screen, and they include all of the typical items you'd expect.

Editing and file format options: This app comes with a nice set of editing tools, including showing markup, highlighting, and more. You'll also have the option of saving your new or edited document in a variety of formats, including Word, HTML, Rich Text, Text, Encoded Text, Outlook Express Mail, Open Document, Open Office Writer, and Open Office XML.

Cons

Scrolling issues: To scroll through documents, you have to use the arrow keys or the buttons on the scroll bar on the side of the screen. Scrolling with the mouse wheel or mousepad didn't work, which isn't a huge problem, but may be inconvenient for some users.

Incomplete documentation: Due to the open-source nature of this program, there is no one complete resource to consult if you run into trouble while using it. You can join a mailing list that functions somewhat like a forum, so you can ask questions and get feedback from other users, but there is no quick Help option.

Bottom Line

AbiWord is a straightforward and convenient word processing program. It provides a viable alternative to paid programs like Word, and it still provides just about all of the functionality you're used to no matter what you've used before. The program is completely free, and while it can take a little time to get help if you run into trouble, the familiarity of the interface makes this less of an issue.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 202 votes

    • 5 star 84
    • 4 star 58
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 15
    • 1 star 20
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1 stars

"Do not install on a Windows 7 machine."

November 09, 2013  |  By graham.hyatt

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

None for W7

Cons

Everything for W7. I was able to install in Windows 7, but unable to open it, regardless of what I tried. I see it is only shown in CNet as to and including Vista. However, another website was not as helpful, and recommended it as 1st rate, without saying for which systems.

Summary

It might well be a very goo substitute for WORD, but not on Windows 7.

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5 stars

"Worked for me with Windows 8"

July 26, 2013  |  By kittychu

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

I have used Word Perfect for many, many years, and this program so far seems to work perfectly on my laptop with Windows 8. Absolutely no learning curve. And it's free!

Cons

None so far.

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1 stars

"Won't install on Win 7"

April 06, 2013  |  By nickrusso

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

...none...

Cons

Won't install

Summary

The screen shot looked incredibly promising; I was hoping for an alternative to Word 2003, since MS Office has been garbage since the 2007 version... BUT, the installer gets stuck at about 60%. I tried it twice, letting it proceed for 5 minutes with no progress.

I wish that this were updated to install and run properly. Who knows what detritus the partial install left behind?

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3 stars

"did not run on windows 2000 computer"

November 17, 2012  |  By martincnet001

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

did not run on windows 2000 computer

Cons

did not run on windows 2000 computer

Summary

did not run on windows 2000 computer

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4 stars

"User-Friendly, But..."

July 19, 2012  |  By SweetOzarksGirl

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

I like how easy it is to use. I used WordPerfect many, many years ago and loved it, but then everyone switched to Word. I hated Word and still do. I've been using LibreOffice, but it's too complicated, but I like how clean and elegant it looks. Recently I had a document that I couldn't get right in Word or LibreOffice, so I downloaded AbiWord. I got my document just how I needed it.

Cons

It word wraps at the colon in times, such as 7:
00pm.

That's very frustrating and I sure would like to know how to avoid this issue.

It makes me wonder if there's not other bugs I haven't encountered yet.

Summary

You can open it up and go. There's no learning curve.

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1 stars

"I dont even know what to say"

May 20, 2012  |  By TehDeagleEye

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

There arent any

Cons

1. Takes forever to start up 2. Cant copy and paste from other websites or documents 3. Runs REALLY SLOW (About 10X Slower that Microsoft Word) 4. CANT UNINSTALL!!! 5. No Spellcheck. 6 Crappy quality 7. IT LAGS 8. (This is the worst one of all) After you save and then close a document You cant open it up again.

Summary

CRAPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYDONT INSTALLLLL!!!

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4 stars

"Great little software program!"

February 04, 2012  |  By barbnik516

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

I just wanted a word program, no other software. This is exactly
what I needed on my new laptop. It's simple and has just enough features.

Cons

When I'm typing the letters "jump up" to another line above. I don't know if maybe it is not compatible with my Windows 7. I do a lot of re-typing words in their proper places. This is my only hangup regarding Abiword.

Summary

Even though the word jumping bothers me, I was happy to find an alternative word program. I tried Open Office and that didn't work for me at all. If anyone has any fixes for the above issue, I'd be very pleased to hear them. Thanks!

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5 stars

"Basic Word processor that gets the job done"

December 02, 2011  |  By Indian_art

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

Very good program with most feature of LibreOffice and OpenOffice

Cons

None at all.

Summary

Definitely recommend you to download this (very small) file & try it. I hope you like it.

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4 stars

"Excellent Word Processor"

November 27, 2011  |  By caclharm

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

I've used Abiword thru several versions now and find it very easy to work with and compatible with Microsoft Word docs. Much smaller footprint on my hard drive and really enjoy using it. I like the way "tools" are laid out when you open Abiword. Give it a try and I think you will become a fan of it.

Cons

none I can think of right now.

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4 stars

"wonderful piece of work"

November 27, 2011  |  By virginwolfe

 |  Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

Pros

easy to handle and works in all formats

Cons

none that I can find

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.8.6
Version 2.8.6 has fixed a bad regression that was introduced in previous version.
General
Publisher AbiSource
Publisher web site http://www.abisource.com/
Release Date June 13, 2010
Date Added June 13, 2010
Version 2.8.6
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.95MB
File Name abiword-setup-2.8.6.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 565,443
Downloads Last Week 286
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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