Forgive me for not being constructive and not submitting bugs to the devs and that sort of thing (I may later on…), but for now, I just have to let off some steam… and from the experience I’ve got using this application, I believe I have every right to!
So I was looking for Wordpad’s equivalent in Linux-world, and according to a post in the Ubuntu forums Abiword was it. So I apt-get install it, and try it out… (running Ubuntu 8.10)
1) I copy some text into the page… then I realize the font size is too big, so I Ctrl+A and highlight the “font size” box and replace the “12” with “10”… voila! the TEXT I selected gets replaced with “10” instead of the number in the “font size” field. Genius! So I guess I will just have to use the arrows to change font sizes…
2) Then I wanted to change the font. I look at the “font” bar, and there’s no way to type in it! I can’t even enter an ‘M’ to get to the fonts that start with ‘M’… I have to SCROLL through the 100 or so fonts on my system to find the one I want. This is not a bug per se, but c’mon!
3) Then I needed to paste in more text. I do so, then to look at the bottommost text I use my mousewheel to scroll all the way down. Good, its there. But… when I scroll back up, Abiword keeps slowly scrolling the screen down! I tried using my keyboard arrows and a bunch of other things to try to make it behave but it just wouldn’t quit. At this point I had no choice but to close the whole abomination.
Looks like I will just stick to the heavier OpenOffice for now. I am just in complete shock and awe that this software is in the Ubuntu repos and is classified as a “finished product”. It would be poor even if it was in beta. Lesson of the day: Beware of Abiword!