From ArchWiki
Revision as of 04:27, 10 September 2011 by Emiralle (talk | contribs) (doesn't seem a stub to me, format intro before contents, link to devel website in intro)
Jump to: navigation, search

This template has only maintenance purposes. For linking to local translations please use interlanguage links, see Help:i18n#Interlanguage links.

Local languages: Català – Dansk – English – Español – Esperanto – Hrvatski – Indonesia – Italiano – Lietuviškai – Magyar – Nederlands – Norsk Bokmål – Polski – Português – Slovenský – Česky – Ελληνικά – Български – Русский – Српски – Українська – עברית – العربية – ไทย – 日本語 – 正體中文 – 简体中文 – 한국어

External languages (all articles in these languages should be moved to the external wiki): Deutsch – Français – Română – Suomi – Svenska – Tiếng Việt – Türkçe – فارسی

Abiword is a word processor that provides a lighter alternative for OpenOffice Writer, while at the same time providing great functionality. Abiword supports many standard document types, such as OpenOffice.org documents, Microsoft Word documents, WordPerfect documents, Rich Text Format documents and HTML web pages.


Before you install, you'll want to install dictionaries if you want spell check.

# pacman -S aspell-en

To install, run:

# pacman -S abiword

For additional plugins:

# pacman -S abiword-plugins

To fix tiny cursor and misaligned text issues, install ttf-ms-fonts from AUR and:

# pacman -S ttf-freefont

Fix for Print dialog crash

Note: This bug has been reported as non-existent for version 2.8.1 or higher. However, this section will remain for legacy versions or if it crops up again,

For some reason, the current versions of Abiword and libgnomeprint are not playing nice together. The .abw default template causes the program to crash when the user attempts to print. The solution is to force abiword to work with the .rtf format instead. By following the steps below, you will set the default save format to .rtf and trick Abiword into using a .rtf file as its default template.

Open Template:Filename and insert the following line into the second <scheme> section.


It should look similar to the following


It is then neccessary to change the default template. You must follow these steps exactly.

1) open Abiword and save a blank document titled Template:Filename in Template:Filename. If the directory does not exist, create it.

2) Rename the file to Template:Filename

Do not just save a blank .awt file!! You must trick Abiword into using a .rtf template in order for this to work.

As soon as the conflict between Abiword and libgnomeprint is resovled, these instructions will no longer be neccessary and should be removed.

Change Keybindings

See this wiki post on how to change the default key bindings in Abiword.

LaTeX Fonts

The package "abiword-plugins" comes with a function which allows user to insert LaTeX codes in a document. To display mathematics symbols properly, one needs to download latex-xft-fonts and save it to the directory Template:Filename. To install the font, unzip the file by

# tar -xzf (name of the tar.gz file)

and then run

# fc-cache -fv

Build fails with GCC 4.6

The bug has been reported and fixed upstream in a patch that is not yet (as of Abiword 2.8.6-4) available in Arch. If you experience this problem, you have to apply the patch to the PKGBUILD yourself.

External links