I haven’t done a software review in a while, why don’t we do one of those today?
So, here I am, using AbiWord instead o’ using regular Word.
Why, you ask?
There’s a number of reasons for it. For one thing, MSWord is expensive. I can’t afford to upgrade anymore. And it’s not easy to get a pirated copy like it was back in the day. Got a buddy who works for a major corporation? He coulda gotcha a free licensed copy, enterprise probably, and it wouldn’t require registration. Just load and go. Now? No way. Now, MS is checking everything. You go to their web site, you get a proctological exam before you can do anything. They’re checkin’ all the holes, dude, and makin’ it tough. Not that I blame ’em — I mean, they “lose” billions on piracy … right? So, get things on the up-and-up, and everyone’s happy. Even MS.
Fair enough. But at something like $500 a crack for the suite (and it’s not worth getting individual packages for something like $300 each when the whole suite is “only” $500), I just can’t do it. Same to you, Adobe and your Creative Suite. You can exsanguinate someone else; I’m not going for it anymore.
So now I look for free, or at the very least, inexpensive alternatives to products I would have gotten for nothing before. Uh … yeah, something like that.
It has a few nice features. For one thing, it allows you to customize the screen background color, and select the font and color you want. While Word lets you do something similar, you can’t change the horrible, harsh white of the background unless you want the OLD Word look (think: DOS days) of blue with white text. So that’s a cool touch. I ended up changing my default template to be a nice, soft gray-green color with Verdana font instead of everyone’s default Times New Roman (wtf with that, anyway?).