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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However the abw files are dependable on the AbiWord formar to also be installed on the computer and cannot be opened by any other readers or editors so chanegr 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.

Abw is the native file extension for the AbiWord cross platform word processor. Cart 0 My Account Fkrmat Blog. AbiSource bug tracker Changed in abiword Ubuntu: Hubert Figuiere hub wrote on 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 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.

I am using AbiWord 2. Comment on this change optional. After you have finished with these prerequisites, you are ready to abieord your file by following these steps:.

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After you have finished with these prerequisites, you are ready to convert your file by following these steps: Use the Download page to download and install the novaPDF application on your computer to be able to make the conversion. 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.

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 chsnger 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.

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.

I would very much like it if this were not the case!

Thank you for taking the time to make Ubuntu better. Duplicates of this bug Bug Whether it’s an open format or not, this makes it nonportable, and not good for interoperability or archival purposes. The latter violates the principle of least surprise.

Instructions for doing this are linked from Hubert’s comment. Charlie Kravetz charlie-tca wrote on Email me about changes to this bug report.

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You can still do that by editing the config files as explained here: Once you have the file in PDF format, you can setup bookmarks, watermarks, document information, add signatures on it and more. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software.

Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion! No way to change default “Save As I personally save my documents as.

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To post a comment you must log in. Feathertail feathertail-deactivatedaccount wrote on See abjword activity log. You’ve just cost me several days of work.

You are not directly subscribed to this bug’s notifications. If users would like to change the default file format, they may do so via editing a simple configuration file.

Stay Updated To join, enter your email address below and click on Subscribe. Dominic Lachowicz domlachowicz wrote on If you wouldn’t mind explaining why you “strongly discourage” people to make this change I would appreciate it. 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.

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