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Anupam 03. Feb 2015 03:00 PM

A member of the site, BabsHoxforth, suggested AbleWord on the site, here:

Although the software is mentioned in the "To be reviewed" list too.

Had never heard of this software before.

The site is here:

From the screenshots, it looks like a good word processor. I had installed it in Sandboxie briefly, just to have a look, and the interface looks great.

Also, most importantly, it supports creating documents in docx format.

It looks like it can be a good alternative for people who mainly use word processors instead of the whole office suite. With WPS Office removing the docx capabilities from their free version, AbleWord might be a good option.

I don't use office much, so I cannot comment on how good AbleWord is, so, if someone who uses word processor regularly, can use AbleWord and comment on it, it would be great.

A new version has not been released since October 2013, but still, the software is a good option, if it can save files in docx format.

Jojo Yee 03. Feb 2015 03:38 PM

I have been using AbleWord to edit PDF files. It does quite well and has earlier been added to the list of Best Free PDF Tools.

Anupam 03. Feb 2015 04:50 PM

Thanks for this information Jojo. I had read about its PDF editing capabilities, but wasn't sure how good it was. Sounds like a great feature.

Joe A.TT 03. Feb 2015 08:38 PM

One interesting feature with AbleWord seems to be its ability to not only convert Word to PDF but to also convert PDF to Word. There are limitations though and they are mentioned under "Notes" on this page. This may come in handy some time. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. :)

deya 03. Feb 2015 09:08 PM

If any of you guys using this could tell me if AbleWord has an English (British) spell checker option I'd be grateful. Website seems to suggest it hasn't yet?

Anupam 04. Feb 2015 08:57 AM

It only has English(US) dictionary.

deya 04. Feb 2015 10:35 AM

Ok thanks for that, Anupam.

Arek 28. Feb 2015 07:23 PM

Importing OpenOffice dictionaries to AbleWord

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 107770)
It only has English(US) dictionary.

That's the bad news but I have the good news as well: you can easily replace it with any Apache OpenOffice dictionary you want. :) I'm currently using it with Polish dictionary and it works like a charm with it.

An example.
To enable British-English spell check:
1. Download English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice - here:
2. Open the downloaded file: dict-en.oxt with an archiver (eg. with free 7-Zip) to extract its content and, after that, replace the two files: en_US.aff and en_US.dic located in the AbleWord dictionaries folder (eg. C:\Program Files\AbleWord\Dictionaries) with the two files from the extracted archive: en_GB.aff and en_GB.dic
3. Restart AbleWord and.. voilą! :)
Note: AbleWord can use only one dictionary at a time - from what I gathered - so prepare for the juggling the dictionary files if you edit texts in more than one language.

I can recommend AbleWord as a free, efficient and lightweight replacement of MS Word, OpenOffice Writer etc. Can open/edit/save doc and docx (MS Word formats) as well as odt (OO Writer format) files with no trouble.
And it's ability to edit PDF / convert PDF files to Word is really impressive - AbleWord can do it often better than a commercial software [reference removed]
Really a "hidden pearls category" software IMHO.

ttocsmij 07. May 2015 04:03 PM

I needed to swap one side of a page to the other in a PDF file that was provided. Worked like a champ. I second Arek's recommendation. I'm installing this on wife's laptop to view the occasional docx file she gets. Found one quirk (margin set to .25 inches fails but 0.25 inches works fine) but cannot find the author to let him know.

maxfan 22. May 2015 09:17 AM


Originally Posted by Arek (Post 108490)
That's the bad news but I have the good news as well: you can easily replace it with any Apache OpenOffice dictionary you want. :) I'm currently using it with Polish dictionary and it works like a charm with it.

Thanks very much for this tip!

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