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Old 15. Sep 2015, 07:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Decided to give this a try. Installed it and used Arek's method to install English GB dictionary to AbleWord. Worked perfect. Running it on Win10 and it's just what I need for now.

Great program, thanks for posting it here .... and if you read this Arek, thanks
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Old 16. Sep 2015, 09:03 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 16. Sep 2015, 03:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Agree with that, Panzer. I noticed that before downloading it and it's worth pointing out here. AbleWord does use quite a bit of memory, more than Jarte for example, even when using it as just a word processor. But it's not too bad.

Thing that uses the most is when you open a PDF to edit. It does ramp up then, or if you save a document to PDF. I've not seen it use that much though.

It's a trade off I suppose. If you don't want or need a full office suite, but want something that will read and create docx files, PDF's etc, then it's a very good option. It works really well and it's just what I was after.

Strange thing is, reading through the documentation and help pages, the words are spelt in GB English .... centre - colour, and so on. And on the Terms and Conditions page it states that the T&C'S are governed by the laws of England and Wales but it doesn't include a GB dictionary in the program. Just thought that was a bit quirky
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Old 16. Sep 2015, 05:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It's a trade off I suppose. If you don't want or need a full office suite, but want something that will read and create docx files, PDF's etc, then it's a very good option. It works really well and it's just what I was after.
LibreOffice 4.1.* use to allow you to install the modules you want. That was only about a year and a half ago. In version 4.2.* and later, you must install all or none. You can still find the 4.1.* versions at places like Old Apps. Something to think about.
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Old 17. Sep 2015, 06:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Food for thought, Joe. I've not got Java installed, though not sure if it's required for just the word processor in LibreOffice. I thought at one time it was possible to just install the TextMaker part of FreeOffice as well, not sure about that these days either. I'm happy enough with AbleWord though. It works well and is straightforward to use.
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I have been using LibreOffice lately but I don't use Java and I don't miss it either. As for the features which require Java I think this thread should answer that question nicely.

SoftMaker FreeOffice does allow you to install the modules individually. I have been using FreeOffice up until recently so I should know. I do like FreeOffice but it's missing a very important feature - it can open docx files but not save in that format. That could be a killer if the newer office formats are important to you.

And yes, I did mentioned LibreOffice so you would know you always have that option but if you are happy with AbleWord you should stick with it.
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Old 18. Sep 2015, 06:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, Joe. I'll keep LibreOffice in mind should the need arise to switch from AbleWord. Being able to open and also save docx files is important for me so that rules FreeOffice out.

Thing I like about AbleWord is that it just does the job, no crippled features, watermarks, submitting email addresses to obtain it etc. Granted, it doesn't have all the whistles and bells that you get with a full office suite word processor, templates and whatnot, but I don't need all that on this machine for now.

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Old 18. Sep 2015, 06:34 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I had installed AbleWord on my PC, and still do. However, I had to make some edits in a word document, and found that it messed up the formatting. The same document opened in WPS Office worked fine.

I have had this issue with other word processors, like Abiword too. Had the same with Softmaker Office free too, if I remember. Also, as deya points out, Softmaker Office doesn't support saving to docx, so that's one a negative too.
So, as much as I would like to use these options, in crunch situations, I feel they let me down. I use office rarely anyways.

So, for primary and important purposes, I use WPF Office, although it has really gone weird lately. First, the new WPS Office site does not list the Windows edition anywhere on its page, atleast visibly. Earlier, by Google search I had found links to business and free editions on WPS site, but now the link to free edition has gone totally. That said, the free edition and that too latest version, is available from old site of theirs. So, it's all really messy and weird. Still, I find that WPS Office does work great, and it seems that new free version supports saving in docx. Although, I think the trial version of WPS office for 30 days is still going on, and I can confirm the saving of docx format after that only.

AbleWord does seem like a pretty good alternative though, as compared to Abiword.
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Old 18. Sep 2015, 11:39 PM   #19 (permalink)
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So, for primary and important purposes, I use WPF Office, although it has really gone weird lately.
Anupam, I'm a bit confused. Do you mean WPS Office or Kingsoft Office Free? I have never tried either but my understanding is WPS Office succeeded Kingsoft Office and is not free, rather, it is trialware which imposes certain restrictions after it expires. On the other hand, interested persons can still download the last free version of Kingsoft which is not trialware.
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That's the mess I am talking about Joe .

Yes, Kingsoft Office is now known as WPS Office. And therefore, logically, the Kingsoft Office site should have ceased to exist.

As I said, a few days ago, I had checked the WPS site for an update on their free office. I also posted about this in the other Kingsoft Office thread. The Windows edition does not show on their site at all. It's only by a Google search that you can find the link. So, earlier, when I had done that, I had found the link to the free edition on WPS site, in which the update said that now the free edition will support saving in docx format (which they had retracted earlier on from the free edition). So, I had downloaded the latest free edition from there.

But now, when I again checked recently, link to free edition for WPS cannot be located on their site.

I just checked the Kingsoft Office site, and I found that the free edition is there, and it's the latest version too.

So, they are really making quite a mess out of the whole thing.
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