Discussion in 'other software & services' started by vasa1, May 23, 2012.
Speaking of word processors that I actually like; I've always found AbiWord to be eminently useful.
vasa1: They tend not to support stuff like doc and docx formats, which unfortunately lots of universities use as their standard format (and no, I don't know why). This is mostly Microsoft's fault, but that doesn't make the word processors any more friendly in a university setting.
Daveski17: Abiword is my goto word processor on Windows. Unfortunately the Linux version is decidedly inferior; you can't turn off smooth scrolling on it, and it tends to choke on large documents. The smooth scrolling bug is especially killer when it rears its head - lines of graphical artifacts sliding slowly up your window make it impossible to write.
skudo12: never heard of Kingsoft office. It might work for me on Windows, OTOH Linux is my main OS (and I hugely prefer it for writing and office stuff).
BTW I have found some kernel scheduler tweaks that seem to help with the Abiword scrolling problem, so there may yet be hope!
I've discovered that I inevitably have to hack a British English dictionary into the PortableApps version! Also, for some odd reason, the portable AbiWord would freeze the old (XP) computers at a college I once taught at when I tried to 'print preview'. I know it's not totally compatible with all file formats, but I would really miss AbiWord if it disappeared.
I know that. I just don't accept that doc and docx are de jure standards.
docx is ISO standard as well.
I don't like my UPS monitoring software.
So I use them for initial configuration and then discard.
There's quite a background to how docx became a "standard" after ODF.
for me its windows, anything else that i dont like i already replaced with the ones i do but just impossible to leave windows.
until an OS comes that can run ANY windows app w/o issues.
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