AbiWord Online Collaborative Documents

Abiword, a lightweight open source word processor is now capable of online collaboration. In the previous post we were discussing how it would be nice if Google Docs had a client, and this may be that solution, but approached from the other direction.

I’ve created a collaborative document (tagged as ETEC522) which should be available to anyone who creates an account on AbiCollab, if you want to try it out.

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1 Sean McMinn { 11.03.09 at 10:11 pm }

This is a great find, Bryon. Thanks for sharing.

I wonder. If I compose something in this will the formatting get all screwy if I load it in MS Word. The reason why I ask is because while new tools like that seem great, not everyone will be using it.

I’ll have to give this a try.


2 Sean McMinn { 11.03.09 at 10:19 pm }


I signed up, I can’t seem to find the document.


3 Byron Kask { 11.03.09 at 10:48 pm }

I created a group just now called ETEC522. If you join it (and I add you as a member), you can access it. I’m still not sure how to do a search for documents. The joys of testing new apps… 😉

4 Omar Ramroop { 11.04.09 at 8:09 am }

Thanks for this, Byron.

I am going to take some time and play around with it. Based on the user interface from the Abiword website, it looks identical to earlier versions of MS Word, which will help many users feel instantly comfortable – which is a huge plus for alternative word processors.

– Omar

5 Amy Frank { 11.04.09 at 7:56 pm }

Hi Byron,

Can you add me? My email is amyjon_frank@shaw.ca. I am interested in seeing how this works. I have logged in, but it isn’t that effective to share a document with myself.


6 Byron Kask { 11.04.09 at 8:22 pm }

Amy, I did a search, but I didn’t find you. If you create an account here:


then I can add you as a friend or you can join the ETEC522 group (which I can confirm you as a member of).

Cheers, Byron.

7 Iris Chan { 11.06.09 at 7:01 pm }

Good resource. Thanks Team 8!

I am going to try it out.

8 jennie wong { 11.07.09 at 7:21 am }


Your resource is very neat – it allows for “real” time work in the real world


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