Software Update: AbiWord 2.8.4

On Thursday, version 2.8.4 of AbiWord was released. AbiWord is an open source word processor for Windows and Linux. Execution for Mac OS X is slightly behind and is now on version 2.4.5. The program is able to open and edit various document formats, including those from Microsoft Word, and WordPerfect, plus regular RTF documents. Furthermore, the functionality of AbiWord can be extended with plugins and dictionaries extensive.

A lot has changed in version 2.8. For example, collaboration, working on a document with different people, has been improved. In addition, comments can now be added, different pages can be displayed on the screen and there is support for Scalable Vector Graphics, which makes images look a lot better. Support for the OpenDocument and Office Open XML format has also been improved and the print section has been updated. In version 2.8.4, the following improvements have also been made:

This release includes the following changes (and more!):

  • Fix a bug where deleting a character in non-Western scripts caused a random number of characters to be deleted.
  • Fix cursor movement for complex scripts, as text cluster boundaries are now honored (Linux and Mac OS X).
  • Fix the text rendering of complex scripts when text is selected (Linux and Mac OS X).
  • Fix text rendering errors when font substitution was involved (Linux and Mac OS X).

The full changelog can be found here.

Version number 2.8.4
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Website Abisource Community
File size 7.94MB
License type GPL