[PLUG] Anyone Using AbiWord?

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Fri Jan 27 16:19:11 PST 2006

On Fri, 27 Jan 2006, Carla Schroder wrote:

> 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.


   Me, neither. I used LyX for my book. But, I also use emacs when I need to
do some html for the web site.

   As I wrote in response to Christian's message, I use a word processor
primarily for letters and proposals. But, I get an awful lot of .doc files
(adjective chosen with care) that I need to read and save in .odt. Sometimes
I also need to send a client or agency a document in Word format. Quite
often, I'll convert the letter or proposal to .pdf so I can e-mail it as an
attachment (using my signature graphic obtained with my old Olympus digital

   So for me, the import/export filters are the critical issues, not the heavy
formatting. Of course, for letters, I have designed a letterhead page and
continuation pages, which I presume AbiWord will support.



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