Author Topic: Abiword?  (Read 7705 times)

Offline Dawn

  • Dawn
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9106
  • 'Kinky boobs? Really, well I never.'
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2012, 06:35:08 PM »
I love the feel of a clicky keyboard, bliss.
I have MWC on my phone (hence why I am on here all the time lol) but it's touchscreen and it's just not the same.
Time to take it serious and get the job done

Offline Gyppo

  • Esteemed Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 72243
  • I've been writing ever since I realised I could.
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2012, 12:52:30 AM »
Little things make a big difference when you're typing for several hours a day ;-)
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

Offline Alice, a Country Gal

  • http://www.writestreet.com/writestree
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 31219
  • Hello from Texas
    • Alice's Hide Away
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2012, 11:50:41 AM »
Which reminds me. While working on my lappy yesterday, Jon (#4 son) fixed my wayward "C" key which has been wayward and stubborn ever since the cat decided the keyboard was the perfect place to nap while I was out of the room.

The C is now inline with all the other keys instead of one side of it sticking up in the air.  ;D
MWC Charity Publications.
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight>
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. -Muriel Rukeyser, poet and activist (15 Dec 1913-1980)

R. L. Copple's: http://www.rlcopple.com/

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi

Offline Dawn

  • Dawn
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 9106
  • 'Kinky boobs? Really, well I never.'
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2012, 12:00:25 PM »
That was good of him Alice.
Time to take it serious and get the job done

Offline Alice, a Country Gal

  • http://www.writestreet.com/writestree
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 31219
  • Hello from Texas
    • Alice's Hide Away
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2012, 05:27:22 PM »
That was good of him Alice.

Jon is definitely a keeper (one of the Good Guys) despite the fact he had colic and kept me from sleeping the first several weeks of his life.  ;D

MWC Charity Publications.
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight>
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. -Muriel Rukeyser, poet and activist (15 Dec 1913-1980)

R. L. Copple's: http://www.rlcopple.com/

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi

Offline 510bhan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 63305
  • So many jobs to do . . .
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2012, 07:23:11 PM »
How on earth do you format/download/configure/GET the dictionary so the spell check function works for this? >:(

Offline Gyppo

  • Esteemed Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 72243
  • I've been writing ever since I realised I could.
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #51 on: May 13, 2012, 10:34:14 AM »
The spell check for AbiWord?
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

Offline 510bhan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 63305
  • So many jobs to do . . .
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #52 on: May 13, 2012, 10:38:16 AM »
Yes.

Offline Gyppo

  • Esteemed Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 72243
  • I've been writing ever since I realised I could.
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #53 on: May 13, 2012, 10:45:31 AM »
I've been looking around the web for it and most hits come up with geeky advice which tell you all sorts of things you probably don't need to know.  I'm fairly sure it used to have a straightforward spell check which could be downloaded without any hassle.

I'll have a bit more of a look.

I've decided not to tackle the washing machine today.  Probably not patient enough today.  If it threw any more nasty surprises at me the temptation to grab the lump hammer and do my Thor impression could be irresistible.  Over the years I've learned when not to tackle some jobs.  The pile of broken equipment can only get so big before the message gets home ;-)

Gyppo
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

Offline 510bhan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 63305
  • So many jobs to do . . .
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #54 on: May 13, 2012, 11:02:34 AM »
I downloaded it -- to see if I could help Dawn. I'm in Mozilla Firefox, Windows 7 Home Premium. So . . . download, happy days. Checked the box for a grammar function too -- didn't delete any of the default stuff. Called up a document to see how the beast operates. The spell check function wasn't 'live/highlighted/active'. I thought perhaps I'd forgotten to highlight the work I wanted checked, did so -- nothing. Played with f7 -- told spell check was complete, but of course all the deliberate mistakes were still in the sentences. :o

At this point I asked for help, looked through FAQs etc. Sent to a page with instructions to download a dictionary in my preferred language. Did that. Had to jump through hoops about coding/formatting -- instructions I couldn't understand asking me to change the pathways and exe. things. By then I was lost and when I had copied and pasted one of their strings into the only box available in what I had called up - it said it was too long a name [even though the string was quite short, it added all my groovy details to it as well]. >:(

I suspect it's my ignorace has caused the problem.  ;D


Offline Gyppo

  • Esteemed Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 72243
  • I've been writing ever since I realised I could.
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #55 on: May 13, 2012, 11:11:29 AM »
It's a mystery to me, Sio.

I've just downloaded a fresh copy of AbiWord.  Not the beta but the latest 'should be okay' copy  and installed it with English as the default language.  (In other words i just took the initial options which were offered, without trying to be clever.)

As you found the spell checker is there but 'greyed out'.  Pressing f7 just gets a message telling me the check has been completed, but my delibereet  mistakes weren't picked up either.

I saw the stuff about changing paths etc and chickened out.  I'm off back to Jarte, where I (mostly) know how things work.

Best suggestion is to post the specific question in its own thread as 'Anyone use AbiWord.  How does spellcheck work?"

Sometimes life's too short to keep banging your head against a brick wall ;-)  (Some open source software is brilliant, and packaged for people who just want to be users, not geeky programmers, and some isn't.)
« Last Edit: May 13, 2012, 11:15:49 AM by Gyppo »
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

Offline 510bhan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 63305
  • So many jobs to do . . .
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #56 on: May 13, 2012, 11:22:58 AM »
Must say -- it's a case of I'm all right Jack, how about you? I was only trying to find out for Dawn, I'm happy enough with Word.

I might interrogate brain-child when he comes home, see if he can explain the mysteries. ;D

Offline Gyppo

  • Esteemed Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 72243
  • I've been writing ever since I realised I could.
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #57 on: May 13, 2012, 11:27:25 AM »
I've just downloaded a four year old copy, several versions back from the latest version, and it behaved exactly the same.

I think Dawn is happy playing with Jarte at the moment, so the mystery of AbiWord can stay a mystery as far as I'm concerned as well.  But it was good in its time.

Gyppo  
« Last Edit: May 13, 2012, 11:29:27 AM by Gyppo »
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1

Offline Alice, a Country Gal

  • http://www.writestreet.com/writestree
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 31219
  • Hello from Texas
    • Alice's Hide Away
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #58 on: May 13, 2012, 11:30:56 AM »
Gyppo, I hesitate to ask this, but I've had plenty of coffee, so I'll go ahead and ask - did you check the load in the washer to make sure it hadn't all (or most all) moved to one side of the tub?

Raising so many boys and at times having a load of jeans, I learned to check that before checking the balance of the machine itself.

 
MWC Charity Publications.
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight>
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. -Muriel Rukeyser, poet and activist (15 Dec 1913-1980)

R. L. Copple's: http://www.rlcopple.com/

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi

Offline Gyppo

  • Esteemed Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 72243
  • I've been writing ever since I realised I could.
Re: Abiword?
« Reply #59 on: May 13, 2012, 11:35:42 AM »
Gyppo, I hesitate to ask this, but I've had plenty of coffee, so I'll go ahead and ask - did you check the load in the washer to make sure it hadn't all (or most all) moved to one side of the tub?

Raising so many boys and at times having a load of jeans, I learned to check that before checking the balance of the machine itself.

It's a fair question, but unfortunately it's not the answer this time ;-)  Our machine shuts down quite gently and behaves itself when we occasionally get an off centre load.

Gyppo
My website is currently having a holiday, but will return like the $6,000,000 man.  Bigger, stronger, etc.

In the meantime, why not take pity on a starving author and visit my book sales page at http://stores.lulu.com/gyppo1