Re: ATTN: AbiWord 2.5.0 released

From: J.M. Maurer <>
Date: Mon Jan 15 2007 - 20:37:09 CET

On Sun, 2007-01-14 at 23:59 +0100, J.M. Maurer wrote:
> The AbiWord team is very proud to announce AbiWord v2.5.0, the first
> snapshot of the development that will lead to AbiWord 2.6.

Now with a nice Windows installer as well! Get it from:

Thanks Ryan,

> This snapshot allows interested developers, testers and users a sneak
> preview into the future of AbiWord.
> New features of this release include (amongst others):
> * A new Pango based renderer for Unix platforms, improving support for
> languages such as Thai and Arabic
> * Cross platform libgsf integration, allowing the user to open files
> on remote shares (the last part holds for the Unix platform for now)
> * Cross platform Glib integration, meaning less custom AbiWord
> specific code to maintain
> * Support for the Bonobo component framework has been deprecated (Unix
> platforms)
> * Improved the build system to be more standards conformant (for
> example, "make dist" and "make distcheck" now work)
> * Experimental AbiWord GTK+ widget, with accompanying Python bindings
> * Various toolbar improvements, most notably the improvements to make
> them work better on small screens (Unix platform)
> * A massive amount of work on all of our popular import and export
> filters
> * A new experimental collaboration plugin (only available on Unix for
> now)
> * A new GNOME Office integration plugin, replacing the old GNOME
> Office Charting plugin (Unix platforms)
> * Improved command line handling, allowing input from standard input,
> and output to be directed to standard output (examples here).
> * Improved printing from the command line, deprecating our old custom
> postscript driver
> * Lots of updates to our translations
> * Various Drag & Drop and Clipboard handling improvements
> * Improved modularisations for resource constrained devices, such as
> optional printing and spelling support
> * Improved support for running AbiWord in non-UI mode (sometimes also
> referred to as "server" mode, as offered by the AbiCommand plugin);
> most notably the requirement for a (fake) X server has been removed.
> AbiWord v2.5.0 is parallel installable with AbiWord v2.4 so users can
> try it out without disturbing their stable AbiWord 2.4 version (make
> sure you specify an installation directory seperate from your AbiWord
> 2.4 installation on Windows systems!). We are very much interested in
> any bug you may find. Please report these to
> Binaries will hopefully show up within a
> few days.
> While we encourage people to try out the new snapshot, please be aware
> that is a development snapshot and is not expected to be stable in any
> sort of way.
> Availability:
> More information:
> Enjoy!
> The AbiWord Development Team
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Received on Mon Jan 15 20:37:34 2007

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