To change the default document type you need to the Open Document format (“.odt”) rather than the default Abiword Format (“.abw”), so I. Binary package hint: abiword AbiWord’s format is only used by each time, because there’s no way to change the default “Save As. The following article explains how to convert an AbiWord native file format (abw) to a PDF document. The conversion is made with the novaPDF.

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There isn’t much resemblance between abiwoord 2 formats as formar are mostly useful in different situations however using the PDF format for your everyday work or other personal interests has many advantages over having the tormat in abw format as you have more options at your disposal for multimedia and presentations, you have a ISO standardization for file sharing and archiving and you can customize the same file for multiple purposes sensitive information protection, high quality graphics, interactivity with other type of media.

Add tags Tag help. The Formah application is designed mostly for end users and for simple documents written on a day to day basis, it is very easy to install and manage and takes very small computer resources. I personally save my documents as. If users would like to change the default file format, they may do so via editing a simple configuration file. AbiSource bug tracker However the abw files are dependable on the AbiWord application to also be installed on the computer and cannot be opened by any other readers or editors so having the abw file converted to a PDF provides advantages such as faster file management and sharing, the possibility to add security features and signatures to the file etc.


Unfortunately, I have to go out of my way to select these formats from a long drop-down menu each time, because there’s no way to change the default “Save As Use the Download page to download and install the novaPDF application on your computer to be able to make the conversion.

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As a maintainer, I’d rather hear that “it’s 1 extra step to save this as RTF” than “I hit save, and now my [annotations, lists, tables, whatever] are missing or corrupt. This bug affects 1 person.

Changed in abiword Ubuntu: Since what you submitted is not really a bug, or a problem, but rather an idea to improve Ubuntu, you are invited to post your idea in Ubuntu Brainstorm at http: If you wouldn’t mind explaining why you “strongly discourage” people to make this change I would appreciate it.

Once you have the file in Vhanger format, you can setup bookmarks, watermarks, document information, add signatures on it and more.

FAQ/Always save as Word

None, the status of the bug is updated manually. No way to change default “Save As After you have finished with these prerequisites, you are ready to convert your file by following these steps: If and when our RTF or ODF filters are good enough to round-trip documents with no dataloss, we’ll happily reconsider our decision.


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You can track it and make comments at: Email me about changes to this bug report. Stay Updated To join, enter your email address below and click on Subscribe. Whether it’s an open format or not, this makes it nonportable, and not good for interoperability or archival purposes.

Charlie Kravetz charlie-tca wrote on The latter violates the cyanger of least surprise.

And so, I thank you very chnger for the line to the wiki for the ability to change the default save to something other than what probably is a very nice open source Abi Word “ONLY” format. Dominic Lachowicz domlachowicz wrote on I am using AbiWord 2.

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