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|Originally Published: Tuesday, 17 August 1999||Author: Arthur Thomas|
|Published to: Internal News/General Announcements||Page: 1/1 - [Std View]|
The Abiword word processor
Abiword is an Open Source word processor. The project has grown considerably since then with 18,000 downloads this last July.
The current release of AbiWord is 0.7.4 and a 1.x release is still in the future. The goals for the 1.x release are in place and being checked off one by one as the applications matures. On the top of the list is to finish up headers and footers. As quoted on the AbiWord Roadmap page, "Version 1.0 is the beginning, not the end." Here you can see that this truly is only the beginning from the feature list for the next 3 major releases. Post 1.x releases will contain WordPerfect import/export, Word 97 export, and HTML import capabilities (Word 97 import and HTML export are already implemented in the current release.)
While the GNOME organization has included Abiword in it's GNOME office suite, the group has recognized the fact that Abiword is cross-platform and not tied into any one window manager or operating system. In fact, there are even binaries for Windows 95/98/NT as well as Solaris, BeOS, and Linux. There is also mention of other operating systems which should not have a problem compiling Abiword. These include the three BSD's , HP UX and Irix. A MacOS port is in the works. This is perhaps one of AbiWord's most finest features. A user will be able to learn this software and use it no matter which operating system is used. Gone will be the days of converting documents from one format to another.