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This is a comparison of word processing software.

General information

This table provides general information about selected word processors.

Word processor Screenshot Creator Latest stable version First release License
AbiWord Abiword 2.4 SourceGear Corporation Template:Latest stable software release/AbiWord 1999 (May 19) (1999 (May 19)) Template:Free
AppleWorks 250px Apple Inc. 6.2.9 Template:Release date and age 1984 (1984) Template:Nonfree
Applix Word Vistasource Inc. 6.0 1992 (1992) Template:Nonfree
Atlantis Nova Rising Sun Solutions, Inc 1.0.0.70 2000 (Earliest copyright date in the About Window) Template:Partial
Atlantis Word Processor Rising Sun Solutions, Inc 1.6.5.13 May 29, 2013; Script error (2013-05-29) 2000 (Earliest copyright date in the About Window) Template:Nonfree
Bean 300px James Hoover Template:Latest stable software release/Bean 2007 (May 1) (2007 (May 1)) Template:Partial
Calligra Words (formerly KWord) 250px KDE Template:Latest stable software release/Calligra Suite 1998 (1998) Template:Free
Cassiopeia
File:Cassiopeia.png
Smartsoft GmbH (Advanced Science) Version 2.2.0 2015 Template:Partial
CopyDesk Quark, Inc. 7 (2007) 1991 Template:Nonfree
EZ Word Andrew Project 7.5 (1996) 1985 Template:Free
FrameMaker Adobe Systems Incorporated 12.0 (Template:Release date and age) 1986 Template:Nonfree
Gobe Productive Gobe Software 3 Aug 1998 Template:Nonfree
Han/Gul (HWP) http://www.hancom.com/office/product01_02.jsp Haansoft Han/Gul 2014 (October 9, 2014) 1989 Template:Nonfree
Ichitaro JustSystems 20 / Ichitaro 2010 1983 Template:Nonfree
InCopy Adobe Systems Incorporated CC

June 17, 2013

1999 Template:Nonfree
Jarte (Free and Pro) Jarte Carolina Road Software, LLC Template:Latest stable software release/Jarte 2001 (July) (2001 (July)) Template:Partial
Kingsoft Writer (Free and Pro) Kingsoft 2012 8.1.0.3016(Template:Release date and age) 1989 (1989) Template:Partial
LibreOffice Writer LibreOffice Writer 4 4 2 The Document Foundation Template:Latest stable software release/LibreOffice 2011 (January 25) (2011 (January 25)) Template:Free
Lotus Symphony Lotus Software 3.0 2008 Template:Partial
Lotus Word Pro Lotus Software 9.8.5 (2007) 1989 (Originally Samna Ami Pro) Template:Nonfree
LyX LyX The LyX Project 2.1.3 (Template:Release date and age) 1995 Template:Free
Mariner Write Mariner software 3.7.2 1996 Template:Nonfree
Mellel RedleX 3.27 (Build 1) as of November 14, 2013 2002 Template:Nonfree
Microsoft Word Microsoft Corporation Template:Release date and age 1983 (May 2) (1983 (May 2)) Template:Nonfree
Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation 9.0 1987 (October) (MS Works for DOS) Template:Nonfree
NeoOffice Writer NeoOffice Writer Planamesa Software Template:Latest stable software release/NeoOffice 2003 (June 22) (2003 (June 22)) Template:Free
Nisus Writer Nisus Software 7.0 (Express) 1989 Template:Nonfree
OpenOffice Writer 300px Apache Software Foundation (2011 – present) Template:Latest stable software release/Apache OpenOffice Writer 2002 (April 30) (2002 (April 30)) Template:Free
Pages AbiWord Apple Inc. Template:Latest stable software release/Pages 2005 (January 11) (2005 (January 11)) Template:Nonfree
PolyEdit PolySoft Solutions 5.2 1998 Template:Nonfree
StarOffice Sun Microsystems 9 1994 Template:Nonfree
StarOffice Writer
from Google Pack
Sun Microsystems 8 1994 Template:Nonfree
TeXmacs TeXmacs Joris van der Hoeven 1.0.7.17 (October 2012) 1996 (1996)? Template:Free
Ted Ted Mark de Does 2.23 (February 2013) 1999 Template:Free
TextEdit Apple TextEdit Apple Inc. Template:Latest stable software release/TextEdit 1993? (approximate date) as part of NeXT's OPENSTEP OS which later became part of Mac OS X Template:Free
TextMaker SoftMaker 2012 1987[1][2] Template:Partial
Freeware - SoftMaker FreeOffice (freeoffice.com),
Commercial - SoftMaker Office 2010 and later versions
WordFile4ME Byron Software 4.55.21 1999 (Earliest copyright date in the Readme File) Template:Nonfree
WordPad Microsoft Corporation 6.1.7600.16385 1995 Template:Nonfree
WordPerfect Corel Corporation Template:Latest stable software release/WordPerfect 1980 (1980) Template:Nonfree
Word processor Screenshot Creator Latest stable version First release License

Characteristics

This table gives characteristics of each word processor.

Word processor Grammar checker Cross referencing Bibliography Graphic editing Mail merging Spell checker Smartfont typography[3] Math support Conditional text LTR/RTL Reveal Codes
AbiWord Template:Yes ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes ? Template:Yes
AppleWorks ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes ?
Applix Word ? ? ?
Atlantis Word Processor ? ? Template:Yes
Bean Template:No ? ? Template:No Template:No Template:Yes ?
Cassiopeia Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes  ? Template:No Template:No  ? Template:Yes  ?  ?
CopyDesk Template:No ? ? Template:No Template:Yes ?
EZ Word ? ? ?
FrameMaker Template:No Template:Yes[4] ? Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes[5] Template:Yes[6] ?
Gobe Productive ? ? ?
GNU TeXmacs Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes (only own graphics) Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes ?
Groff ? ? ?
Han/Gul Template:Yes ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No ?
Ichitaro Template:Yes (for Japanese) ? ? Template:Yes (for Japanese) Template:No ?
InCopy Template:No ? ? Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes[7] ?
Jarte Template:No ? ? Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No ?
KWord Template:Yes ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No ?
LibreOffice Writer Template:Yes (4 languages on default installation and over 30 languages via extensions) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[8] Template:Yes[9] Template:Yes
IBM Lotus Symphony Template:No ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No ?
Lotus Word Pro Template:Yes ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No ?
LyX Template:Yes[10] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Mariner Write Template:No ? ? Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No ? ?
Mathematica Template:No ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes ?
Mellel Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Microsoft Word Template:Yes (Support for additional languages available via language packs) Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No[11] Template:Yes[12] Template:No Template:Yes
Microsoft Works Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No ? ?
NeoOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Nisus Writer ? ? ?
OpenOffice Writer Template:Yes (Via extensions) Template:Yes ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[13] Template:Yes[14] Template:Yes[15] Template:Yes
Pages Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes[16] Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[17] ?
PolyEdit ? ? Template:Yes ?
StarOffice Writer Template:No ? ? Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[13] ?
Ted Template:No ? ? Template:No Template:No Template:Yes ?
TextEdit Template:Yes ? ? Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes ?
TextMaker Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
WordFile4ME ? ? ?
WordPerfect Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No ? Template:Yes
Word processor Grammar checker Cross referencing Bibliography Graphic editing Mail merging Spell checker Smartfont typography[3] Math support Conditional text LTR/RTL Reveal Codes

Operating system compatibility

This table gives a comparison of what operating systems are compatible with each word processor in their last version.

Word processor Windows Mac OS X GNU/Linux BSD BeOS/Zeta AmigaOS/MorphOS UNIX Other
AbiWord Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes (AOS: through X11 engine) Template:Yes Template:Yes
AppleWorks Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Applix Word Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Atlantis Word Processor Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Bean Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Cassiopeia Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
CopyDesk Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
EZ Word Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
FrameMaker Template:Yes Template:Okay Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Okay Template:No
Gobe Productive Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
GNU TeXmacs Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
Groff Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Han/Gul Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Ichitaro Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
InCopy Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Jarte Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
KWord Template:Yes (Alpha) Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
LibreOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
IBM Lotus Symphony Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Lotus Word Pro Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
LyX Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
Mariner Write Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Mathematica Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
Mellel Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Microsoft Word Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Microsoft Works Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
NeoOffice Writer Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Nisus Writer Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
OpenOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
Pages Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
PolyEdit Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
StarOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Ted Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
TextEdit Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
TextMaker Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes
WordFile4ME Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
WordPerfect Template:Yes Template:No Template:No (since 2000) Template:No Template:No Template:No (last : AOS up to WP4.1 in 1987) Template:No (since 1994) Template:Yes
Word processor Windows Mac OS X GNU/Linux BSD BeOS/Zeta AmigaOS/MorphOS UNIX Other

1. can run unsupported Version 5.1

Import or open capabilities

This table gives a comparison of the file formats each word processor can import or open.

Word processor HTML LaTeX ODF .odt RTF Word .doc WordPerfect OOXML .docx SXW UOF
AbiWord Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
Atlantis Word Processor Template:No Template:No Template:Yes[18] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes
Bean Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
CopyDesk Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
FrameMaker Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
GNU TeXmacs Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Ichitaro Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
InCopy Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
Jarte Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes[19]
KWord Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes[20] Template:Yes Template:No
LibreOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
IBM Lotus Symphony Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
Lotus Word Pro Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
LyX Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes with external program Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Mariner Write Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Mathematica Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Microsoft Word Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Microsoft Works Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
NeoOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
OpenOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Pages Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
PolyEdit Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
RedOffice Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
StarOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
Ted Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
TextEdit Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes
TextMaker Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
WordPerfect Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Word processor HTML LaTeX ODF .odt RTF Word .doc WordPerfect OOXML .docx SXW UOF

Export or save capabilities

This table gives a comparison of the file formats each word processor can export or save. It should be noted that in some cases, omitting an Export format (Microsoft Word's omission of WordPerfect export is the best known example) was a sales rather than a technical measure.

Word processor HTML LaTeX ODF .odt PDF RTF Word .doc WordPerfect OOXML .docx UOF
AbiWord Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Partial (Linux ver.)[21] Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes[22] Template:No
Atlantis Word Processor Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes
Bean Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
Cassiopeia Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
CopyDesk Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
FrameMaker Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
GNU TeXmacs Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Ichitaro Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
InCopy Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Jarte Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
KWord Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
LibreOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes
IBM Lotus Symphony Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
Lotus Word Pro Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
LyX Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
Mariner Write Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Mathematica Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Microsoft Word Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
Microsoft Works Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
NeoOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
OpenOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes
Pages Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes
PolyEdit Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
RedOffice Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes
StarOffice Writer Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No
Ted Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:No Template:No
TextEdit Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:No
TextMaker Template:Yes Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No
WordPerfect Template:Yes Template:No Template:No Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:No Template:No
Word processor HTML LaTeX ODF .odt PDF RTF Word .doc WordPerfect OOXML .docx UOF

See also

References

  1. Andy Updegrove (2006-07-05). The Emerging ODF Environment, Part IV: Spotlight on SoftMaker Office 2006. Retrieved on 2010-03-28.
  2. SoftMaker (1997-06-03). Archived from the original on 1997-06-03. Retrieved on 2010-03-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Advanced typography refers to either support for Apple Advanced Typography or advanced OpenType typography features and all OpenType layout tables or Graphite font technology
  4. Adobe FrameMaker 9 * About cross-references. Help.adobe.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-13.
  5. Adobe Systems, "Edit equations," <http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/9.0/Using/WSF12494BC-2ECA-4d4d-8BA8-2CC2CB9B9E1A.html>, [retrieved January 21, 2012]
  6. Adobe Systems, "About conditional text," <http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/9.0/Using/WSF778A159-48A7-4f26-B04E-79509DDB38E8.html>, [retrieved January 21, 2012]
  7. Adobe Systems, "Use conditional text," <http://help.adobe.com/en_US/InCopy/6.0/WS745C7188-1C17-4eae-8680-2F7C80DE6849.html>, [Retrieved January 21, 2012]
  8. Math Guide - Using the Formula Editor pp. 39-46, 51-68. LibreOffice Documentation Team (March 22, 2015). Retrieved on July 14, 2015.
  9. LibreOffice, "Defining Conditions" <https://help.libreoffice.org/Writer/Defining_Conditions>, [Retrieved March 8, 2013]
  10. LyX wiki | Tools / LyX Grammar Checker
  11. Partial support for some OpenType features in MS Word 2010, ie. ligatures, old-style figures, but not true small caps.
  12. MS Equation and MathType
  13. 13.0 13.1 Support for Graphite Font Technology from version 3.2
  14. Math Objects. Retrieved on 26 July 2013.
  15. Developing conditional content. Retrieved on 26 July 2013.
  16. End notes/bibliography supported with EndNote X2 (third party)
  17. With third party add-ons: LaTeX or MathType.
  18. Atlantis Word Processor supported file formats
  19. Requires Microsoft's free Office Compatibility Pack
  20. [1]Script error
  21. FaqCreatingPDFs - AbiWiki. Abisource.com (2010-11-27). Retrieved on 2012-12-13.
  22. AbiWord v2.6.5 ChangeLog. Abisource.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-13.

External links

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