[PLUG] Anyone Using AbiWord?

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Fri Jan 27 15:15:49 PST 2006

On Friday 27 January 2006 14:56, Rich Shepard wrote:
>    I am curious if anyone here is using AbiWord for processing words. I've
> not heard much about it for a while and I'm curious how it compares -- as a
> writing tool -- to OO.o-2.0.
>    Anyone know?

Like a bicycle to an SUV. :)

Abiword is small, fast, and simple. I like it because I write a lot of 
HTML-formatted docs for the web, and I manually tag everything. Abiword lets 
me give them .html extensions, save them as text files, and then it opens 
them as plain text. Other word processors insist on rendering the HTML, which 
is useless for editing.

That's the main thing I like it for, plus the word count command is in a 
top-level menu, instead of hidden away. It does mail merge, tables, styles, 
spell/grammar checker, footers, headers, and the usual formatting stuff. It 
uses the horrid gnome print dialog, which is essentially a printer chooser 
and nothing else useful.

For short simple documents it's nice. I wouldn't use it to write a book.

 Carla Schroder
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