AbiWord-ontwikkelaar uwog laat ons het volgende weten: "AbiWord 2.4.0 is de eerste release in de nieuwe stabiele 2.4-serie. Naast een hoop bugfixes (en ongetwijfeld de introductie van nieuwe) zijn er een aantal interessante toevoegingen gemaakt. Zo is er een (op dit moment alleen Engelse) grammaticacontrole bijgekomen, beschikt AbiWord nu over een formule-editor en is de integratie met het spreadsheetprogramma Gnumeric verbeterd. Zie de release notes voor uitgebreide informatie en natuurlijk screenshots." De release notes van AbiWord 2.4.0 zijn op deze pagina te vinden, waarin de nieuwe features van versie 2.4.0 aan de hand van screenshots worden uitgelegd. De nieuwbakken AbiWord-uitvoering kan hier gedownload worden voor Linux, Mac OS X en Windows:
AbiWord 2.4 is a multi-platform word processor that combines state-of-the-art usability, powerful features, and excellent interoperability. Furthermore, it features a powerful framework to extend the program as needed. AbiWord 2.4 is the most stable and capable AbiWord release ever. In addition to hundreds of bug fixes reported by our users, it contains several exciting new features.
On-the-fly grammar checking is available for the English language. Sentences that are considered to be using bad grammar constructs are marked by green squiggles. For improved accessibility for color-blind or visually impaired users, the shape of grammar checking underlines differs from the underlines used for marking incorrect spelling. In the future we hope to be able to support more languages and to provide feedback about possible corrections.Tight Image Wrapping
A new image wrapping mode has been added to allow text to flow freely over transparent regions of an image, tightly wrapping around its contents.Equations
Also new in 2.4 is support for equation editing. Equations can be inserted using MathML or LaTeX-style syntax. Inserting a nice-looking equation is as simple as typing E=mc^2. Note that while standard symbol fonts can be used to render equations, the best results are achieved when the Computer Modern fonts are installed. Mozilla provides easy to use font installers for all our supported platforms.OpenDocument support
Support for the OpenDocument file format has been donated by INdT, Nokia's Technology Institute. Currently the OpenDocument import filter is basically complete, with support for styles, headers/footers, lists, image wrapping, text boxes, tables, footnotes/endnotes and tables of contents. OpenDocument export is planned as well and will be added during the 2.4.x series.GNOME-Office charting
GNOME-Office integration is improved every release. This release adds the ability to embed charts in documents, and even create simple ones within AbiWord. More complex charts can be copied from the GNOME Office spreadsheet application Gnumeric and pasted into AbiWord.... and more changes all over the map! The Revision Marks and Document History features have seen a great number of bugfixes. Additionally, the document import filters for Word Perfect, XHTML, RTF and MS Word have received significant improvements. The export filters for RTF and XHTML documents were improved as well. Finally, substantial improvements were made to the CJK support.
AbiWord has always been a lightweight and fast application. These core features have not been sacrificed to provide the new functionality offered by AbiWord 2.4. Equation support, grammar checking and GNOME-Office charting are all available as plugins that users can install to their liking.