I am fed up with the poor performance of LibreOffice Writer. So I am using AbiWord Editor now which is lot better than LibreOffice Writer, but there is another problem with Abiword.

AbiWord Editor saves document with .abw file extension, which is not very popular and cannot be opened without abiword application installed on Windows/Linux Machines, although I can save it using pdf but when I want to edit the document on any random machine I am unable to do so.

Is there any possible workaround, or a tool to convert .abw file to .docx file without interfering with my original document signatures.

PS: If possible please suggest a good text editor for editing word and rtf documents.Libreoffice Writer is very poor.

  • WPS Office has much better compatibility with the newer Microsoft proprietary format DOCX -> wps-community.org/download.html – user589808 Sep 11 '16 at 18:48
  • @CelticWarrior Thanks I will try that office suite. What do you think about LyX en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LyX. There are very less options for Styles with Abiword. – Chinmaya B Sep 11 '16 at 18:58
  • I think nothing. It's LaTEX related and I fail to see any relevance regarding your question. – user589808 Sep 11 '16 at 19:11
  • You have too many requests in one thread, please try to narrow down the question. P.S.: if you wish to use proprietary file formats then you should stick to the software issued by its owner, in this case Microsoft. – Luís de Sousa Sep 12 '16 at 6:31
  • @LuísdeSousa okay I will delete my PS line, if it makes the question to the point. Why should I use propretiary formats on Ubuntu how does libreoffice convert/read docx files. – Chinmaya B Sep 12 '16 at 11:08

You should be aware of the Abiword's supported formats list and save your files according to the best strategy about file formats and conversion. Pay special attention to the part that says AbiWord cannot export Microsoft Word documents at the moment.

There are better tools for working with Microsoft's proprietary formats. WPS Writer from WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office) handles almost all the aforementioned files

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    OP wants stable. It seems WPS is an alpha – Anwar Sep 11 '16 at 18:55
  • Well, it's working quite stable for me... And their Linux port is and probably always will be in some alpha/beta stage. – user589808 Sep 11 '16 at 19:10

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