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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Hubert Figuiere hub wrote on 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 abiwotd 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 changger graphics, interactivity with other type of media.

Feathertail feathertail-deactivatedaccount wrote on In qbiword 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. Thank you for taking the time to make Ubuntu better.

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If and when our RTF or ODF filters are good enough to round-trip documents with no dataloss, we’ll happily reconsider our decision. Use the Download page to download and install the novaPDF application on your computer to be able to make the conversion.

I am using AbiWord 2. Charlie Kravetz charlie-tca wrote on Dominic Lachowicz domlachowicz wrote on Email me about changes to this bug report. After you have finished with these prerequisites, you are ready to convert your file by following these steps: 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 aabiword source Abi Word “ONLY” format.


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

You can still do that by editing the config files as explained here: You need to log in to change this bug’s status. Once you have the file in PDF format, you can setup bookmarks, watermarks, document information, add signatures on it and more.

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To post a comment you must log in. The way that things are right now seems silly and condescending, and is not acceptable. Changed in abiword Ubuntu: You are not directly subscribed to this bug’s notifications. None, the status of the bug is updated manually. AbiSource bug tracker 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.

After you have finished ofrmat these prerequisites, you are ready to convert your file by following these steps:.

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N nord wrote on No way to change default “Save As If you wouldn’t mind explaining why you “strongly discourage” people to make this change I would appreciate it.

Duplicates of this bug Bug Add tags Tag help. I personally save my documents as. 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: I would very much like it if this were not the case!


Instructions for doing this are linked from Hubert’s comment. You’ve just cost me several days of work.

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Whether it’s an open format or not, this makes it nonportable, and not good for interoperability or archival purposes. If users would like to change the default file format, they may do so via editing a simple configuration file. Abw is the native file extension for the AbiWord cross platform word processor. The latter violates the principle of least surprise.

Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion! 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.

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. Thank you for your bug report. You can track it and make comments at: Cart 0 My Account Articles Blog.

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And so, rather than putting a note in to remind people of this, they decided to not even give the option of changing the file format. Other bug subscribers Dn someone else. The information about this bug in Launchpad is automatically pulled daily from the remote bug.

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