AbiWord 2.8 Brings Notable Changes
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 27 October 2009 at 12:23 PM EDT. 2 Comments
AbiWord, the open-source word processor that is part of GNOME Office, has reached version 2.8 this morning. While AbiWord may not be as popular as OpenOffice.org, AbiWord 2.8 does bring an impressive set of changes with some notable new features in particular.

Among the highlights for AbiWord 2.8 include GNOME Telepathy-based collaboration support for allowing multiple individuals to remotely work on a single document simultaneously, annotation / comment support, support for smart quotes, multi-page document viewing, true SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) support, improved support for OpenDocument Format and Office Open XML file formats, a new printing framework, and much more. As part of AbiWord's new collaboration support, AbiCollab.net has launched as a free, central service that allows the online storage and collaboration of files through AbiWord 2.8+.

More information on the changes to be found in AbiWord 2.8 can be found in the project release notes.
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