AbiWord 2.8.5: Word Processesing Software Like MS-Word

Posted by Faheem Mustafa

AbiWord 2.8.5
AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.
Multi PlatformEnjoy your favorite Word Processor on the operating system you like to use - be it Windows, Linux, QNX, FreeBSD or Solaris.

                InteroperabilityAbiWord is able to read and write all industry standard document types, such as OpenOffice.org documents, Microsoft Word documents, WordPerfect documents, Rich Text Format documents, HTML web pages. Advanced Document LayoutGive your document that professional, scientific or fun-to-read look using AbiWord's advanced document layout options. Use tables, bullets, lists, images, footnotes, endnotes and styles to enhance the way your document looks.
InternationalizationSince not everyone in the world speaks the same language, AbiWord comes in many different languages. AbiWord is available in most common and many not-so-common languages.
Mail MergeWith AbiWord's Mail Merge capabilities, you can let AbiWord automate that job for you. Special fields inserted into a template document can automatically be replaced with data coming from a variety of sources, such as Relational Databases, Comma Separated Text files or Tabbed Text files.
Extensible Plugin ArchitectureThe main AbiWord program is very small and requires very little resources to run. This allows AbiWord to be used on systems that are not considered "State of the Art" anymore, which comes all too quickly in the IT world.

What's New:
· Editing/Layout
· Fix German smart-quotes (Patrik Fimml)
· Bug 12552: fp_TextRun::itemize() leaks memory (Obin Hickory)
· Bug 12508: Prevent some crashes in recent-files code (Paul Bolle)
· Bug 12346: Pressing TAB removes text in the Windows version (Martin Sevior)
· Collaboration
· Support non-TLS connections for the abicollab service backend (Marc Maurer)
· Bump the copyright date to 2010 (sum1)
· Bug 12551: Fix a memory leak in the menu code (Patrik Fimml)
· Windows
· Fix a potential crash in the Windows menu code (Marc Maurer)
· GTK+
· Bug 10377: Fix GTK+ landscape printing (again) (Patrik Fimml)
· Bug 12501: Fix GTK+ build to work without PATH_MAX (e.g. Hurd) (Patrik Fimml, sum1)
· Fix paths to the offline documentation (Patrik Fimml)
· Add an abiword(1) manpage and install it (Patrik Fimml)
· Restore/fix the AbiWidget focus grabbing behaviour (Daniel Drake)
· Prevent selection events to be emitted by the AbiWidget during smart quote operation (Martin Sevior)
· Maemo

Licence: Freeware

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