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Linux.com: Word Processor Series Part 1: Abiword

Sep 10, 2000, 22:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Thomas)

"The office and word processor market has always been critical to the success of most computer platforms, as most users use these applications more than any other. Unfortunately, when adventurous Linux users were trying out the alternative operating system on their desktop workstations for the first time, the lack of anything easier to use than the arcane LyX typesetting system was a real disadvantage. However, since then many groups of people, both corporations and free software developers, have been working hard to deliver useable word processing solutions to Linux."

"The first such application we will review in this word processing series is Abiword, a core component of the GNOME Office Suite. Abiword is actually being developed as part of the AbiSource Project, a project to deliver free open source productivity applications. They are sponsored by the SourceGear Corporation."

"When you open Abiword for the first time, you are greeted with a familiar word processing interface. In fact, if you have experience using any other popular software package, such as Microsoft Word, you'll recognize most of the toolbar functions. For screenshots of Abiword running on several platforms, refer to AbiSource's Developer page. Being a theme fanatic, I was happy to see that being a GNOME application, Abiword was using the same theme the rest of my Helix GNOME desktop was using. Aesthetics aside, the interface is very clean, organized, and well presented. The application follows good interface guidelines, and provides the user with tooltips for most of the buttons."

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