AbiWord

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.6
  • Total Downloads:
    563,851
  • Date Added:
    June 13, 2010
  • File Size:
    7.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    337
  • 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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  • 4 stars

    "Fast, Free, Competent, Limited"

    March 15, 2011   |   By EyeKnowIt

    Version: AbiWord 0.7.13

    Pros

    Per above, small size, quick start, saves in universally readable format - any wp can read the .abi or you may save in various formats. Excellent for 95% of daily work.

    Cons

    Items on tool bars are fixed -cant add or subtract but can choose whether or not a tool bar displays. Slow to save multiple changes to a document.

    Summary

    Good substitute for bloat ware, could be slightly more flexible but overall its a keeper!

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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 563,851
    Downloads Last Week 337
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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