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GNU, GPL, Open Source InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp looks beyond OpenOffice.org to list 10 great free and open source desktop tools for word processing, page layout, graphics editing, illustration, task management, and more. Some of the featured tools provide a worthwhile alternative to expensive proprietary software, while others carve a niche all their own. All are available for Windows, and nearly all are available for Linux and Mac OS X as well. From AbiWord, to Inkscape, to Task Coach, each of the tools provides further proof that the roster of available free programs is growing remarkably -- in both the breadth and depth of functionality offered.
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Comment by vezhlys
by vezhlys on Tue 5th Oct 2010 06:03 UTC
vezhlys
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2005-08-19

I can add that Abiword is not that great in its current state too (unless you do some small documents with it only and don't share documents with others). Whenever I tried it, Abiword just didn't have enough compatibility with MS Office, had problems with stability and handling bigger documents and the list goes on. On the other hand I like gnumeric from Gnome Office (though I don't use spreadsheets often).

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RE: Comment by vezhlys
by lemur2 on Tue 5th Oct 2010 11:00 in reply to "Comment by vezhlys"
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2007-02-17

I can add that Abiword is not that great in its current state too (unless you do some small documents with it only and don't share documents with others). Whenever I tried it, Abiword just didn't have enough compatibility with MS Office, had problems with stability and handling bigger documents and the list goes on. On the other hand I like gnumeric from Gnome Office (though I don't use spreadsheets often).


Not only does Abiword have trouble with compatibility with MSOffice, it also has trouble with compatibility with OpenDocument (ODF) files.

Meanwhile, KWord is another relatively lightweight wordprocessor, but uses ODF as its native file format, it has picked up a lot better compatibility with legacy MSOffice through the work of Intel for Meego, and it is very well integrated with other KOffice applications which gives it the ability to include fancy word-art, diagrams, all kinds of graphics, spreadsheets and databases. Finally, it is scriptable.

http://www.koffice.org/kword/

Edited 2010-10-05 11:09 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by vezhlys
by vodoomoth on Fri 8th Oct 2010 13:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by vezhlys"
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2010-03-30

Not only does Abiword have trouble with compatibility with MSOffice, it also has trouble with compatibility with OpenDocument (ODF) files.

Isn't ODF an open specification?

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