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
Fix for Print dialog crash
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 ~/.AbiSuite/AbiWord.Profile and insert the following line into the second <scheme> section.
It should look similar to the following
<Scheme name="_custom_" ZoomPercentage="64" DefaultSaveFormat=".rtf" />
It is then neccessary to change the default template. You must follow these steps exactly.
1) open abiword and save a blank document titled "normal.rtf" in ~/.AbiSuite/templates/ If the directory does not exist, create it.
2) Rename the file "normal.awt"
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.
See this wiki post on how to change the default key bindings in Abiword.