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Abiword 3.0 is a free word processing project from the Linux world.

Abiword is no longer actively developed but continues to have followers.
A similar project called LibreOffice, also Open Source, is currently meeting with great success. Abiword has thus gradually lost the interest of the IT community.

Office suites like LibreOffice are complex to use. Being intended for the professional world, this type of office automation tool must have a considerable number of functionalities to cover the needs of companies. Mastering this type of professional software will therefore require a rather heavy learning phase.

Many people, however, simply need an intuitive and easy-to-use word processor. This concept doesn't really exist in Windows. That's why I start on this page the creation of a new Word Processing project from AbiWord source code.

This fork of AbiWord 3.0 will aim to make it even simpler while increasing its ability to simply produce texts with sophisticated layouts.

The project is not collaborative, it is not a team that develops the project, but a single programmer. You can participate in the development by indicating on the forum the problems and bugs you encounter while using the software.

The first step of development is to successfully compile AbiWord 3.0 under Windows.

For some time the AbiWord project has not offered any more version for Windows. So it was necessary to fix a number of bugs specific to the Windows version to be able to compile the software and use its main functions.

The name "AbiWord" is a registered trademark, the creators of the project want the unofficial versions of Abiword to use the name "AbiWord Personal". The version number of AbiWord "Personal" corresponds to that of AbiWord "Official".

The AbiWord fork will of course have its own name, its own philosophy and an independent evolution of the AbiWord project. Nevertheless, if during its development I discover bugs or solutions to speed up the software, I will integrate the corrections in the "Personal" version of Abiword.

Download AbiWord 3.0 for Windows 7 and Windows 10.

The AbiWord Personal 3.0 word processor is free and distributed under the GNU GPL v2.0 license, it supports the OpenDocument Text (.odt) file format widely used nowadays, but also the "Word" formats (doc and docx).

    Download AbiWord Personal version 3.0.2 (14 MB - 32 bits)
    Download AbiWord Personal version 3.0.2 (14 MB - 64 bits)

You can download a sample ".abw" file, AbiWord's proprietary format, to test its ability to display a long 260-page document. It is the book written by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    Download Tom Sawyer 1.16 MB

AbiWord Personal source codes are available here. They are only useful for programmers who want to understand the inner workings of the software.

    AbiWord Personal source code

June 28, 2020.

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