Series Number Nine on Resources for Digital Nomads
Use the most excellent AbiWord app as an alternative to MS Notepad and WordPad. "AbiWord" is part of an open source project that started out as "AbiSource" by the SourceGear Corporation. It has been winning awards since 1999. Refer to AbiSource Dot Com for the complete history and description. Another great tool for Digital Nomads.
From the AbiSource Website:
"AbiWord is unique among word processors in its drive to become a fully cross-platform word processor. Our source code is carefully written so that AbiWord will run on virtually any operating system with a minimum of time spent on porting. This combined with our support for internationalization (the ability to run AbiWord in many languages) gives AbiWord a massive potential user-base."
Although this blog series in on MS Replacements, consider AbiWord as a robust word processor to use on the operating system that you prefer - it works on Windows, Linux, QNX, FreeBSD or Solaris. This application was developed with the utility to integrate seamlessly with the operating system you happen to be running.
It is great for road warriors and digital nomads due to the ability to read and write to all industry document standards, including MS, Open Office, WordPerfect, Rich Text, HTML, and more. You can download this small cross-platform application for free at this AbiWord Link.
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