. . . take over the world that is. And, if its developers get their way, that's exactly what it'll do.
What Is AbiWord?
AbiWord is a lightweight, Free Software word processor designed to run on any platform and to support any data format. To date, it runs on an impressive number of operating systems, including: Windows, GNU, Mac OS X, the BSDs, and many other Unixoids. And it supports an equally impressive number of formats, in addition to it's native .abw format, it can read and write to MS Word, Open Document Text, HTML, RTF, plain text, Latex, ePub, and a large number of other formats -- easily making it one of the most flexible word processors around. Plus, it's modular, extensible design makes it easy for developers to build and add plug-ins to support new formats as they come along, ensuring that it always stays abreast of the latest technical trends in word processing.
How Is AbiWord Different from the Word Processor You're Using Now?
But where AbiWord really shines is in its lightweight design. Most word processors are built with professional/business users in mind and have thousands of features and functions -- a huge number of which are never used by the average personal/home user. AbiWord has a much smaller feature set, that includes all of the most commonly used functions, making it suitable to the use case that most users fall under. For those that only need to write an occasional letter, resume, or school paper, Abiword is perfect. It's modest feature set keeps its footprint light, giving it a snappy, responsive feel and making it easy to learn.
AbiWord also has a nice, short user manual to help new users get up to speed. And, because it is released under the GNU General Public License, it is available for everybody to freely use, copy, redistribute, and even modify its codebase if they choose.
So ditch that bloated, crufty, resource hog, you're currently using, and download Abiword today.