From: Andrew Dunbar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed May 08 2002 - 00:21:10 EDT
--- Martin Sevior
<email@example.com> wrote: >
> Here is the HTML-ized press release. I went with
> "available for". I
> put in a mailto: link for firstname.lastname@example.org and put
> in trademark
> disclaimers at the bottom of the page.
> OK we just need the plugin page fixed (for aiksaurus
> and scripthappy) and
> we can send it out.
Firstly thanks for posting a version I can read here
without AbiWord installed!
> On Tue, 7 May 2002, Paul Rohr wrote:
> > At 11:11 AM 5/8/02 +1000, Martin Sevior wrote:
> > >Looks really good Paul.
> > >
> > >Lets go with this.
> > Cool. Glad you like it. I only know of two
> remaining must-fix items.
> > 1. Pick the "official" date. The 8th?
> > 2. Decide what to do about the "MacOS X isn't
> native" issue. You could
> > either revert to your "available" phrasing, or
> drop MacOS X from the
> > platforms list.
> > Your release, your call. :-)
> > Paul
Word Processing for Everyone
AbiWord 1.0 ships
For Immediate Release
May 8th, 2002 -- The AbiWord team is proud to announce
the first global release of the award-winning Open
Source word processor, AbiWord version 1.0.1. More
than three years in the making, AbiWord is a reliable,
extensible, cross-platform word-processor with many
We aim at robust inter-operability with existing
products, such as Microsoft Word®, Corel's
WordPerfect®, and others. Our goal is to incorporate
the most useful features of these competing
applications without the fluff, bloat, or slowness
that accompany them. The result is a lean and mean
word processor, the download size being less than 4
-- I don't like the word 'slowness'. Maybe
'inefficiency'. 'fluff' also sounds a bit
derogatory and we're probably not fluff-free in the
eyes of many users either. And some fluff is
good fluff (:
Translations and as-you-type spell checking are
available for more than 30 different languages on 6
continents, including Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, and
Indonesian. An English language thesaurus is available
as a separate plugin.
The worldwide team of AbiWord volunteers is already
hard at work developing the next release of AbiWord,
which will include advanced features such as tables
and support for more complex languages. Users,
writers, translators, testers, and developers are all
encouraged to try out AbiWord and see what they'd like
to add next.
-- This is the perfect place to advertise for
international developers. I can't emphasize enough
how badly we are going to need especially Indian
and/or Southeast Asian developers. The same goes for
-- I would also personally make the fact that tables
aren't here yet more prominent. Closer to the top.
We should defuse this expectation before people get
their hopes up. We probably should say something to
the effect of 'it does almost everything except
which is the #1 priority for the next version'.
But we also don't want to make it sound like that
version is a couple of weeks away...
Get AbiWord Now
AbiWord is available for Linux and other Unix
variants, Windows, MacOSX and QNX and is completely
free. You can learn more about AbiWord from our
website at http://www.abiword.com/.
-- It's not *really* available for OSX. We should
say something more to the effect of "a version that
can run on OSX" since it's not a native port. We
should also state that the native port is in the
AbiWord can be downloaded from
http://www.abiword.com/download/. AbiWord can be
extended via plugins which can be downloaded from:
The AbiWord team can be contacted via email at:
® Micosoft word is a registered Trademark of Microsoft
® WordPerfect is a registered Traemark of Corel inc.
-- Groovy! Andrew Dunbar.
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