AbiWord v2.7.8 Changelog


  • Bug 10692: Hang when inserting a table over a footnote (Martin Sevior)
  • Enable table line drags for embedded versions of AbiWord (Martin Sevior)
  • Fix some editing issues with annotations (Martin Sevior)
  • Improve the handling of documents that contain page breaks in columns (Martin Sevior)



  • Bug 2466: Prompt before taking over an existing bookmark's name (sum1)
  • (Part of) Bug 11953: Don't list non-scalable fonts in the Linux and Mac UIs (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 12256: The "Help Introduction" menu item has an incorrect status bar description (sum1)
  • Make some frequently-used drawing code slightly faster (Robert Wilhelm)
  • Make text rendering on Linux and Mac faster (Robert Wilhelm)


  • Bug 12183: AbiWord generates PDFs with lower quality images (Martin Sevior)
  • Bug 12218: Crash when opening the text box dialog (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Fix a crash in the document history dialog (Hubert Figuiere)


  • Bug 8098: Use Ctrl + K as a shortcut for deleting the current line (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 8517: The header/footer dialog does not save changes (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 8527: Ignore the internal hyperlink anchor ['#'] in the bookmark dialog (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 8529: Implement the document history dialog (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 8642: The spinners in the bullets dialog use incorrect ranges (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 8669: The format table dialog is missing functionality (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 8765: Add text-wrapping options to the image dialog (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 8781: Disable the merge cells and split cells dialogs when there is no document open (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 10002: Style names appear editable in the style dialog (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 10010: Crash when using the stylist dialog without an active document (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 10011: Crash when inserting a table background without an active document (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 10013: Closing the columns dialog prevents access to the document afterward (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 10015: Crash when selecting a color from the toolbar without an active document (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Ensure that all controls are disabled in the text box dialog when there's no active document (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Fix a crash that occurred when drawing text boxes (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Fix the font dialog (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Improve the layouts of the bullets, columns, header/footer, insert table, options, and revisions dialogs (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Make the break dialog more consistent with the other platform versions (Hubert Figuiere)


  • Bug 2468: Disable the OK button in the bookmark dialog when the bookmark name is empty (sum1)
  • Bug 12188: Implement an "enable overwrite mode" option on Windows (sum1)



  • Fix some potential issues that could lead to invalid XML in the abw exporter (sum1)

Office Open XML (docx)

  • Bug 12180: OpenOffice.org can't read the docx files exported by AbiWord (Firat Kiyak)
  • Add support for borderless table cells to the importer (Firat Kiyak)
  • Add support for table styles to the importer (Firat Kiyak)
  • Fix the exporting of page columns (Firat Kiyak)
  • Fix the exporter to handle nested tables (Firat Kiyak)
  • Handle overlapping bookmarks in the exporter better (Firat Kiyak)
  • Import and export page margins (Firat Kiyak)
  • Import page breaks (Firat Kiyak)
  • Import text highlighting from docx files (Firat Kiyak)
  • Improve support for bookmarks inside of tables (Firat Kiyak)
  • Improve support for merged table cells in the importer (Firat Kiyak)
  • Make cells inherit table backgrounds in the importer (Firat Kiyak)

OpenDocument (odt)

  • Bug 11859: Span background colors are not always exported (sum1)
  • Bug 12219: Missing text and image during import (Martin Sevior)
  • Bug 12240: Crash when importing a document that contains equations (sum1)
  • (Part of) Bug 12661: AbiWord doesn't export background images correctly (sum1)
  • (Part of) Bug 12661: Prevent invalid color values in the exporter (sum1)
  • (Part of) Bug 12661: Top-level text boxes are ignored during import (sum1)


  • Bug 12239: Text inside of table cells is not imported with the correct alignment (Martin Sevior)


  • Bug 12246: Update the copyright statements in the readme documents (sum1)
  • Bug 12257: Add a Slovak dictionary option to the Windows installer (sum1)
  • Remove the math plug-in from the typical installation set (Ryan Pavlik)


  • Update the Romanian (ro-RO) translation (Lucian Constantin)
  • Update the Russian (ru-RU) translation (Urmas)
  • Update the Slovak (sk-SK) translation (Jaroslav Rynik)
  • Update the Wolof (Senegal) (wo-SN) translation (Dominique Rochefort)



  • Bug 12248: Potential crash when importing data items while collaborating (sum1)
  • Fix corrupted data packets with the Sugar and TCP back-ends (Marc Maurer)



  • Make sure all templates are added to the source distribution (Marc Maurer)
  • Package Romanian templates and profiles in the source distribution (Marc Maurer)
  • Release and maintain 2.7.8 (Marc Maurer)


  • Fix a mime type issue with the GOffice component (Jean Brefort)


  • Clean up the code in the column and file chooser dialogs (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Make the Objective-C class in the image dialog private (Hubert Figuiere)


  • Bug 12215: Fix some mismatched deallocations in Windows code (Ryan Pavlik)
  • Add the OpenWriter, Paint, and S5 plug-ins to the VC++ build (Marc Maurer)

PyAbiWord v0.7.8 Changelog


  • Add a test_two.py script that shows how to use multiple AbiWidgets in an application (Martin Sevior)
  • Fix the use of abi_render_page_to_image in test.py (Martin Sevior)