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AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.0 (through its Cygnix X11 engine), and other operating systems. Multilingual Portable version (15MB installed) from http://portableapps.com/apps/office/abiword_portable .
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I wanna like it. It works good, starts fast and has a fair amount of features but just about the time I start to trust it everything I have on the screen disappears even though it's still there and...See why people do not like AbiWord 😡 Post your review
I wanna like it. It works good, starts fast and has a fair amount of features but just about the time I start to trust it everything I have on the screen disappears even though it's still there and I have to shut it down, wait a few minutes and start it back up. This is the only app that does it so it's not the computer. Probably not gonna fix it, it's been doing it for a few years.
Abiword for Windows has not been updated since Oct-2010, due to lack of Windows developers.
Abiword for LINUX is well maintained
I tried to make a large document with this. Very unreliable. Some images never stay in the same place and aspect ratio after saving and opening, and it crashes so often (without autosave!) that in the end I had to open the file with LibreOffice (which fortunately has .abw support) just to be able to continue working.
Can pull some gnome dependencies (printing is based on libgnomeprint, for example.) Compile yourself to avoid them
it worked fine when using Win7 but is very unstable on Win8.1. Saved docs are jumbled when reloaded. Will have to find another lite writer. Their website says that at present, there is nobody working on the windows application, they seem to be concentrating on Linux
[Edited by kjabq, February 16]
It's very unstable (buggy) at least on my x64 system. It seems to leak memory or something, because while working with larger files it freezes, refuses to work, corrupts files, crashes.
ITS A WARNING
Don't use it for files longer than few pages. It may corrupt your work.
If it wasn't for Google Docs, this would be my word processor of choice.
If you need styles and (automatically) numbered headlines, AbiWord is not for you. I found support for styles in AbiWord to be very basic, inconvenient, inefficient and buggy to work with. I couldn't get numbered headlines to work at all, which is a must-have feature for me.
During my short test drive with AbiWord I encountered several other erroneous behaviors that made my experience with AbiWord a disappointing one. Not sure if AbiWord has problems with Windows 7 64bit or my specific system, but it definitely didn't work for me.
I turned to OpenOffice.org Writer to get the job done.
My word processor of choice! It has all the features I need and none I don't, and it's very fast and easy to use! I used OpenOffice.org Writer before switching to AbiWord. As much as I love Writer, it just seems like overkill and was terribly slow for what I needed it for.
I highly recommend AbiWord for home users!