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Software News : AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
Posted by cygnusEd on 2013/1/5 18:10:16 (3437 reads) News by the same author
Software News

A new release of AbiWord is now available on OS4-Depot.



New in this release:

  • New version 2.8.6 with many new features compared to the last version 2.6.2.
  • Gnumeric spreadsheets can now be embedded into an AbiWord document. You can load and edit existing spreadsheets or create new ones. Gnumeric 1.10.17 is integrated into AbiWord for this. You don't need to install the standalone package of Gnumeric!
  • With the new plugin "OpenXML" you can now load and save documents in .docx format (MS Word 2007+).
  • Compiled with GTK+ 2.24.
  • Several bugfixes.


  • General features of AbiWord:

  • Outstanding file import and export, with support for MS Word, WordPerfect, OpenOffice, OpenDocument and more
  • Unlimited undo and redo capacity
  • Solid (X)HTML export, with CSS styles support
  • Images
  • Spelling support, with optional underlining. Supported spelling systems: ispell, aspell and myspell.
  • Bullets and Lists
  • Styles
  • Table of Contents generation and customization through the Stylist
  • Complete, intuitive revisions-tracking support
  • Nested tables support, nearly unmatched in the field
  • Mail merge
  • Bidirectional text support
  • Command-line and server use modes for document processing capabilities
  • HTML online help files are included (english, french, polish)


  • and much more...

    A german and english dictionary is included. The aspell dictionaries available on os4-depot are still working.

    Download: abiword.lha
    Homepage: http://www.abisource.com
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    mr2
    Published: 2013/1/5 18:29  Updated: 2013/1/5 18:34
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Very good news for ISO-8859-1/15 users. Unfortunately AbiWord is another tool from the long list of unfriendly for polish ISO-8859-2 charset.
    It is very important to be able to write polish special characters in program like AbiWord Any hope?
    Localization is OK, though....

    Its probably AmiCygnix bug not AW?

    PS. One of the Polish betatesters found this...
    http://x.cygwin.com/docs/faq/cygwin-x ... -non-U.S.-keyboard-layout
    Is it useful?
    JTKirk
    Published: 2013/1/5 19:38  Updated: 2013/1/5 19:38
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Thanks works perfect and it's even much more faster than the previous version, you can easily write documents, nice speed, thanks. But I encountered one problem with printing. I just wrote some lines to print, chose print my HP printer printed it as it should be, but after the printing finished, my Amiga froze completely. I don't know if that's a bug of AbiWord or of the HP driver (although I don't have such a problem with other tools when I choose to print).
    Paul
    Published: 2013/1/5 20:45  Updated: 2013/1/5 20:45
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Edgar,

    Thank you. This addresses two issues for me. Wordperfect and Hebrew. I use WP X5 at work, and also have occasion at times to write some Hebrew text.

    I'm anxious to try out the WP import ability, compared to the older version. If I remember, the last version didn't do some of my formatting so well.

    Paul
    Published: 2013/1/5 20:46  Updated: 2013/1/5 20:46
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Well, also some support for different localizations and char types (Serbian in my case) needs to be done, but yes, finally we can see Word 2007+ documents
    Antique
    Published: 2013/1/5 23:18  Updated: 2013/1/5 23:18
    Home away from home
    Joined: 11/30/2006
    From: Norway
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Looking really nice.
    Need to try this one out.
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/5 23:26  Updated: 2013/1/5 23:26
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    Joined: 12/24/2006
    From: Germany
    Comments: 519
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Quote:
    Very good news for ISO-8859-1/15 users. Unfortunately AbiWord is another tool from the long list of unfriendly for polish ISO-8859-2 charset.
    It is very important to be able to write polish special characters in program like AbiWord Any hope?
    Localization is OK, though....

    Unfortunately I'm a bit helpless with this theme. I have not much knowlege about foreign keyboard layouts and how to configure the X server to use other layouts. I cannot say, if there is a problem with the X server. The only known problem is, that the server does not support the Alt key. Because of this a workaround exists for GTK+ programs (see myX11Setup).
    In other words: I first need to know, how it has to work before I can fix it.
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/5 23:36  Updated: 2013/1/5 23:36
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    Joined: 12/24/2006
    From: Germany
    Comments: 519
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @ Phantom
    Quote:
    ...but after the printing finished, my Amiga froze completely

    The print utility uses the ghostscript interpreter from the system installation.
    Does it work to print into a postscript file? If yes, you could test the print utility by launching "lpr <psfilename>" in a shell. Does it also crash?
    mr2
    Published: 2013/1/5 23:39  Updated: 2013/1/5 23:39
    Not too shy to talk
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Quote:
    The only known problem is, that the server does not support the Alt key. Because of this a workaround exists for GTK+ programs (see myX11Setup).


    All polish special characters are alt+letter combinations
    If you want any help I could try to contact with somebody or help myself but I'm not an expert
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/5 23:49  Updated: 2013/1/5 23:49
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    Comments: 519
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @ vox

    The serbian localisation should work. I think you've found a bug. I'll try to fix it.
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/6 0:00  Updated: 2013/1/6 0:00
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @ Paul

    Quote:
    Thank you. This addresses two issues for me. Wordperfect and Hebrew. I use WP X5 at work, and also have occasion at times to write some Hebrew text.

    I'm anxious to try out the WP import ability, compared to the older version. If I remember, the last version didn't do some of my formatting so well.

    The quality of the importers is a thing I cannot influence. I hope, that the authors of AbiWord made a good job
    Paul
    Published: 2013/1/6 2:28  Updated: 2013/1/6 3:25
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    Joined: 12/01/2006
    From: Michigan, USA
    Comments: 538
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Quote:
    The quality of the importers is a thing I cannot influence. I hope, that the authors of AbiWord made a good job


    They did! I brought in a 12 page paper I had written with several fonts, plus some colored font areas. It looked perfect!

    I haven't tried any Hebrew yet.

    I tried importing a .docx file I had sitting on my drive, it gave me a DSI. When I tried to click away the DSI, it froze up solid. I had to reboot with the case button.

    edit: I found another .docx and importing worked fine.

    Paul
    mufa
    Published: 2013/1/6 9:48  Updated: 2013/1/6 9:48
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Quote:
    Unfortunately I'm a bit helpless with this theme. I have not much knowlege about foreign keyboard layouts and how to configure the X server to use other layouts. I cannot say, if there is a problem with the X server. The only known problem is, that the server does not support the Alt key. Because of this a workaround exists for GTK+ programs (see myX11Setup). In other words: I first need to know, how it has to work before I can fix it.


    Here is something written. Maybe it can be used in Amicygnix?
    http://x.cygwin.com/docs/faq/cygwin-x ... -non-U.S.-keyboard-layout
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/6 10:51  Updated: 2013/1/6 10:51
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @ vox
    I've found the bug that prevents the use of the serbian localisation. I can PM a download link with the fixed binary if you like.

    @ mr2
    Quote:
    All polish special characters are alt+letter combinations
    If you want any help I could try to contact with somebody or help myself but I'm not an expert

    Then there is maybe a problem in my GTK+ workaround, let me check this. I think you like to like to test the results??

    @ Paul
    Great news about Wordperfect! Could you send me the problematic .docx file or is it private?

    @mufa
    The link was already mentioned above. It was interesting to read, but I'm afraid that it will not help me to understand the problem.
    mr2
    Published: 2013/1/6 11:20  Updated: 2013/1/6 11:20
    Not too shy to talk
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    From: Poland
    Comments: 326
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Yes, I'm ready to help When your workaround is turned on alt+key combination works but gives wrong results. It is very similar to the other, not polish friendly apps.
    Let me try to check somethink out. I'll be back this evening...
    zzd10h
    Published: 2013/1/6 12:44  Updated: 2013/1/6 12:44
    Just can't stay away
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    From: France
    Comments: 1496
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Hello CygnusEd :
    Is it possible to use for example the "ê" character on AbiWord ?
    I don't succeed to write it.

    Thank again for your ports
    sicky
    Published: 2013/1/6 13:42  Updated: 2013/1/6 13:42
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    From: Essex, UK
    Comments: 417
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Quote:
    With the new plugin "OpenXML" you can now load and save documents in .docx format (MS Word 2007+).
    Compiled with GTK+ 2.24.


    When I tried to install this plugin I get an 'install failed' ,message! Is there a special way to get this correctly installed?

    Edit: Can someone explain step by step how to install plug-ins as I am having problems?
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/6 15:15  Updated: 2013/1/6 15:15
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    Joined: 12/24/2006
    From: Germany
    Comments: 519
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @ zzd10h

    Seems to be the same problem like mr2's problem. I'm working on it. What do you have to type normally to get this character?


    @ sicky

    There is no need to install this plugin, all plugins are included in the program binary and are avtivated by default. Just open the requester and choose a .docx file!
    zzd10h
    Published: 2013/1/6 15:38  Updated: 2013/1/6 15:38
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    For the "ê" character, on my french keyboard
    I just 2 keys to push

    there are the 1) and 2) on this grab
    http://zzd10h.amiga-ng.org/Divers/Key.jpg
    sicky
    Published: 2013/1/6 18:39  Updated: 2013/1/6 18:39
    Not too shy to talk
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @cygnusEd

    Quote:
    There is no need to install this plugin, all plugins are included in the program binary and are avtivated by default. Just open the requester and choose a .docx file!


    Ah thanks for pointing that out, didn't realise!
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/6 19:48  Updated: 2013/1/6 19:48
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @zzd10h

    Thanks! I'll try to fix it.
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/6 21:14  Updated: 2013/1/6 21:14
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @ mr2

    I have an important question. Does everything work on OS4 with e.g. Notepad for you? I use the systems keymap for keyboard support. If this doesn't work correctly, it also doesn't work with AmiCygnix too.
    mr2
    Published: 2013/1/6 21:20  Updated: 2013/1/6 21:20
    Not too shy to talk
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    From: Poland
    Comments: 326
     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    The problem is very similar to TW and MUI OWB, almost the same, except one key...
    Notepad is OK.

    http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b22 ... 1/AbiWord_zpsd4829dd2.jpg
    zzd10h
    Published: 2013/1/6 23:00  Updated: 2013/1/6 23:01
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @CygnusED
    Great, thank to you :)
    mr2
    Published: 2013/1/6 23:19  Updated: 2013/1/6 23:19
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    I have played a little with AmiCygnix. I installed AmiCygnix Tools (to change a fonts size) and found Gucharmap. It shows all polish special characters. When I click details it says some codes and UTF-8/16 encoding. We use ISO-8859-2.

    http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodowanie_polskich_znak%C3%B3w

    Maybe something ISO to UTF related?
    cygnusEd
    Published: 2013/1/7 12:25  Updated: 2013/1/7 12:25
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    @ mr2

    No, I don't think so. There must be a problem interpreting the systems keymap. The strange thing is, that I get complete other results in AbiWord, if I set AmiCygnix to polish language and ISO-8859-2 charset. I must do some more tests.
    Paul
    Published: 2013/1/9 15:17  Updated: 2013/1/9 15:17
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    Quote:
    Could you send me the problematic .docx file or is it private?


    I was going to put it on a USB stick so I could take it to work and find out what the contents were -private or not. The title led me to think that it was a confidential matter.

    To my surprise, it turned out to be a zip file, not a .docx, although it had a .docx extension on it. I know who sent it to me, and he wouldn't knowingly send a virus, but I'm guessing that his email might have been hacked, and that might be what happened.

    Sorry for the false alarm.

    Paul
    Ricossa
    Published: 2013/5/18 5:53  Updated: 2013/5/18 5:53
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     Re: AbiWord 2.8.6 for AmiCygnix released
    docx ARE zip files! Look at them in an Amiga. You will deflate them with unarc and access all the files included
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