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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Instructions for doing this are linked from Hubert’s comment. Comment on this change optional. Stay Updated To join, enter your email address below and click on Subscribe. And so, rather than putting a note in to remind people of this, they aniword to not even give the option of changing the file format.

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The way that things are right now seems silly and condescending, and is not acceptable. The latter violates the principle of least surprise. I am using AbiWord 2. To post a comment you must log in. 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. In order to better serve its users, if Ubuntu would like to change the default file format to RTF, ODF, or any other format that AbiWord supports, it would only need to change 1 line of code.

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: AbiSource bug tracker And so, I thank you very much 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.


After you have finished with these prerequisites, you are ready to convert your file by following these steps: Duplicates of this bug Bug You can track it and make comments at: The AbiWord 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. If and when our RTF or ODF filters are good enough to round-trip documents with no dataloss, we’ll happily reconsider our decision.

Whether it’s an open format or not, this makes it nonportable, and not good for interoperability or archival purposes. Feathertail feathertail-deactivatedaccount wrote on Cart 0 My Account Articles Blog. 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.

Hubert Figuiere hub wrote on Use the Download page to download and install the novaPDF application on your computer to be able to make the conversion. The information about this bug in Launchpad is automatically pulled daily from the remote bug.


Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion! None, the status of the bug is updated manually. I would very much like it if this were not the case!

Thank you for your bug report. I personally save my documents as.

I would like to second your distress on the matter, and to suggest that this matter is important enough to usability that we either pressure the upstream further or create a fork of AbiWord for inclusion in the Ubuntu packages. Other bug subscribers Subscribe someone else.

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There isn’t much resemblance between these 2 formats as they 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 file 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.

Dominic Lachowicz domlachowicz wrote on N nord wrote on Changed in abiword Ubuntu: You are not directly subscribed to this bug’s notifications.

Email me about changes to this bug report. Once you have the file in PDF format, you can setup bookmarks, watermarks, document information, add signatures on it and more.