Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Yet another free webtool | AbiWord, the free word processor

This is the fourth article in the series of free Word Processors (alternatives to MS Word). In this series, we have already reviewed Zoho Writer, Bean and RoughDraft.
This post will highlight AbiWord.

Abiword: The free open source word processorAbiword: The free open source word processorAbiWord is the lightweight, open source minimalist's word processor, capable of accompishing most of the functions of the heavy-weight word processors. It is part of a project popularly known as AbiSource, started by SourceGear Corporation. The source code of AbiWord has specially been written so as to allow it to function on virtually any operating system with a minimum of time spent on porting.

It includes advanced word processing features like headers/footers, mail merge, table of contents, and auto fields, in addition to all the basics you would expect.

The website is also very user-friendly, and accessing the information is easy.

Some of the well known features of AbiWord are

  • Extensible Plugin Support
  • Dictionary mode for more that 30 languages
  • Universal Support - It can read almost all the Documents created by different word processor
  • Multi-Platform - Abiword is not only limited to Windows but it supports another platform like Linux, Unix, etc.

Some of the Windows based plugins are

  1. Get Import/Export Plugins
  2. Get Tools Plugins
  3. Get fonts for equation editing
See the screenshot.
Abiword: The free open source word processor