AbiWord: Free Word Processing Program



‘AbiWord 2.6.8′  is a GNU free software which has been developed by AbiSource Community. This application is similar to Microsoft Word. This is a fully-featured word-processing program which is available for free.


  • The application works on multiple platforms and combines sophisticated usability and great interoperability. It works on operating systems like Windows, Linux, QNX, FreeBSD or Solaris.
  • It features a powerful framework for supporting custom extensions.
  • This application has a lot of features which can be used for personal needs or daily work.
  • This is a unique word-processor because it is a cross-platform word-processor.
  • AbiWord can be run in many languages, which is why it has a massive potential user base.
  • This application is suitable for typing letters, papers, reports or memos.
  • This Word processor can read documents from industry standard document types like OpenOffice.org documents, Microsoft Word documents, WordPerfect documents, Rich Text Format documents, HTML web pages and many more.
  • AbiWord’s advanced document layout options enables to give your document that professional  or scientific look.
  • AbiWord has a built-in spell checker and this feature is available for over 30 languages.
  • This application supports left-to-right, right-to-left and mixed-mode text, which means that it supports Arabic and Hebrew languages as well.
  • This application also has Mail-Merge feature, which help you in mass mailing.
  • AbiWord has a powerful command-line interface in order to facilitate it in a server environment. This feature allows you to print documents, generate form letters or convert documents to any file format.
  • This application requires very few resources to run.
  • AbiWord’s functionality can be extended with the help of a variety of plugins that range from Document Importers to Thesaurus, a Text Summarizer and Image Importers.
  • This application has a special feature of integrating itself perfectly with operating system it runs on. The application utilizes the functionality which is provided by the system, for things such as printing or image loading.

This version of AbiWord is the latest stable release, which has been improved by performing important bug fixes, as compared to the previous version of v2.6.6.

The changes brought about in this release of the application are as follows:

  • Export table border and cell styles properly for OpenDocument documents
  • Make the auto-save feature to actually work and allowing for user selected time interval
  • Make sure that valid documents are written out by the Office Open XML exporter
  • Many memory leaks have been fixed

Technical features:

  • The size of the application is 5.63 MB
  • The operating systems on which this application can work are: Win 2K/03/XP/Vista
  • The url available for download is ” http://www.abisource.com/download/

Windows Screenshot for AbiWord:




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