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Abiword is a lightweight standalone word processor. Unfortunately, it's missing some key features, including tables and footnotes.In short, it's great when you want to quickly compose a letter, but a little disappointing if you were planning to write your next academic paper with it.

One major strength of Abiword is the ability to deal with a wide range of file formats, including WordPerfect (wpd).



  • FreeBSD
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X
  • Microsoft Windows (all versions)
  • QNX
  • Solaris

File Formats (open and save)

  • Microsoft Word 6.0/95/97/2000/XP (doc)
  • OpenOffice.org / StarWriter Text (sdw, sxw)
  • Plain Text (txt)
  • Rich Text Format (rtf)
  • Web Page (html)


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