After a recent exchange of ideas about Abiword on identi.ca, I decided to take a closer look at it again. Although OpenOffice is currently my office suite of choice, it is a bit bloated and slow. So, what does Abiword have to offer?
- It is blazing fast;
- works in Windows and Linux;
- has all the main text editing and formatting functions one needs;
- saves and imports documents in multiple formats (Abiword’s own formats, .doc, .odf, .html, .rtf, .pdf, .docx, LaTeX, Kword and xml);
- has revision control;
- has spell checker and thesaurus built-in;
- and, has a plug-in architecture to improve its list of features even more!
It even has a collaboration function so you can share your document through Jabber or TCP connection (I haven’t tested it).
I have tried Abiword before but to be honest I didn’t know it had this many features. For this review I can say there are a couple of tools I might miss when collaborating a document with others, such as being able to track and manage document changes and notes.
Overall I really liked Abiword and will seriously think about using it more often.