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    Phoronix: AbiWord 3.0 Released With Many Changes, GTK3

    AbiWord 3.0 is finally out with support for the GTK+ 3.x tool-kit and a significant number of other new features to the GNOME-focused multi-platform open-source word processor...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ4NTM

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    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: AbiWord 3.0 Released With Many Changes, GTK3

    AbiWord 3.0 is finally out with support for the GTK+ 3.x tool-kit and a significant number of other new features to the GNOME-focused multi-platform open-source word processor...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ4NTM
    I used to use it on an old computer of mine... It's so blazing fast!

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    • #3
      Nice program with much greater functionality than Kword.

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      • #4
        I really like Abiword, it's fast, has a good feature set, the only problem that made me install Libreoffice anyway was it's compatibility with other formats, hope that's better in 3.0

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        • #5
          Instead of developing and wasting time in yet another office, it would be great if all developer join and support LibreOffice, which is the best office suite on Linux for productional usage.
          I mean, just look at Calligra Word. It's unusable, everytime I try to do some serios work with it, I end up in a bug. I just gave it up and stick to LibreOffice (although it has some flaws too).

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          • #6
            Slightly off-topic, but once Gnome Shell is fully ported to Wayland, any GTK3-based app will run OOTB on pure Wayland instead of XWayland?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by theghost View Post
              Instead of developing and wasting time in yet another office, it would be great if all developer join and support LibreOffice, which is the best office suite on Linux for productional usage.
              I mean, just look at Calligra Word. It's unusable, everytime I try to do some serios work with it, I end up in a bug. I just gave it up and stick to LibreOffice (although it has some flaws too).
              but Abiword has a different usage than Libreoffice. It takes much less disk space and is much faster. It is better suited to very old computers or virtual machines with small resources.

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              • #8
                AbiWord is faster and easier to use than LibreOffice with less annoyances. Itís perfect to write (and read), at least, simple documents.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by theghost View Post
                  Instead of developing and wasting time in yet another office, it would be great if all developer join and support LibreOffice, which is the best office suite on Linux for productional usage.
                  I mean, just look at Calligra Word. It's unusable, everytime I try to do some serios work with it, I end up in a bug. I just gave it up and stick to LibreOffice (although it has some flaws too).
                  <sarcasm>And when we are at it, let's also join in on only one text editor, one image manipulation application, one file-manager, one DE/WM, one distro. This obviously has to be Vim, Gimp, Ranger, i3 and Slackware, nothing else fits my standard (well, maybe CRUX would also do). Your standards? Nobody asked for that, my standard is what counts.</sarcasm>

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by teahopper View Post
                    Slightly off-topic, but once Gnome Shell is fully ported to Wayland, any GTK3-based app will run OOTB on pure Wayland instead of XWayland?
                    It depends on whether the developers included a direct dependency on X11. I've seen source code which uses some X pixmap stuff. That'd have to be ported to cairo. Also, different compile time checks for X11 might have to be converted to runtime checks.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by theghost View Post
                      Instead of developing and wasting time in yet another office, it would be great if all developer join and support LibreOffice, which is the best office suite on Linux for productional usage.
                      I mean, just look at Calligra Word. It's unusable, everytime I try to do some serios work with it, I end up in a bug. I just gave it up and stick to LibreOffice (although it has some flaws too).
                      According to Wikipedia, the initial release of AbiWord was isi.. ...december of 1998.

                      KOffice started in October, 2000.

                      OpenOffice.org had the first release only in 2002.

                      So, in your logic, the LibreOffice developers should join to AbiWord or KOffice (now Calligra), because the wheel already existed when LibreOffice was started. They were reinventing the wheel, and the worst, using Java.

                      Hey, this is FOSS. Each application has its merits.

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                      • #12
                        I haven't used Abiword in a while, but while we're posting impressions about it

                        - it's way gnome-centric; clicking URLs did not work in non-gnome environments. Probably still doesn't work.
                        - 2.3, 2.6 and 2.8 were quite buggy. They suddenly crash, and fail to show some documents properly.

                        I too was initially drawn to it for the light footprint, but the stability and features leaving things to be desired, jumped ship to Go-OO (now Libreoffice).

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                        • #13
                          AbiWord is nice IMHO, but the need for their own format (instead of just using odt as default) and the lags I experienced on the lates stable (might be solved) wont make me use it...

                          BTW does it use the new Gnome close button?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nachoig View Post
                            According to Wikipedia, the initial release of AbiWord was...december of 1998.

                            KOffice started in October, 2000.

                            OpenOffice.org had the first release only in 2002.

                            So, in your logic, the LibreOffice developers should join to AbiWord or KOffice (now Calligra), because the wheel already existed when LibreOffice was started. They were reinventing the wheel, and the worst, using Java.
                            I found some old StarOffice CD's the other day...

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                            • #15
                              If they manage to build in EPub 3.x compliance it will be a big win for them. Using Abiword to publish EPub 3.x books, etc., for iOS and other platforms is what I'm hinting at.

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