Abiword is able to read and write the most standart file types sych as OpenOffice.org, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Rich Text Format and HTML web pages and many other.
FeaturesAbiword supports "all" known layout options such as tables, bullets, lists, images, footnotes and endnotes....Dictionaries exist for over 30 languages, and that makes the spellchecker very powerfull tool. AbiWord supports right-to-left, left-to-right, and mixed-mode text. This means that in addition to supporting European languages, AbiWord supports languages like Hebrew and Arabic as well.
With Abiword you can automate the process of sending tens, hundreds or even thousands of emails, with its mail merging features. You can set up a template document with special fields, which will be automaticaly replaced with data coming from different sources, for example databases, comma separated text files or tabbed text files.
PluginsAbiword is designed to be very lightweight and run on very "old" machines. Its functionality could be extended with plugins. They offer very cool features.
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