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General information

This table provides general information about selected word processors.

Word Processor Screenshot Creator Latest Stable Version First Release Cost (USD) License
AbiWord File:Abiword 2.4.png SourceGear Corporation 2.6.6 (January 17, 2009) May 19, 1999 $0.00 Open source (GPL)
AppleWorks Apple Inc. 6.2.9 1984 $79.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Applix Word Vistasource Inc. 6.0 1992 ? Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Atlantis Nova Rising Sun Solutions, Inc 1.0.0.70 Earliest copyright date in the About Window is from 2000 $0.00 Freeware
Atlantis Word Processor Rising Sun Solutions, Inc 1.6.5.0 (Jan 2010) Earliest copyright date in the About Window is from 2000 $35.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Bean James Hoover 2.4.1 (October 2009) 2007 $0.00 Open source (GPL)
CopyDesk Quark, Inc. 7 (2007) 1991 $249 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
EZ Word The Andrew Consortium 7.5 (1996) 1985 $0.00 Open source (BSD license)
FrameMaker Adobe Systems Incorporated 9.0 1986 $799 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Gobe Productive Gobe Software 3 Aug 1998 $49.95 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Han/Gul (HWP) Haansoft 7.0.2.226(2007) 1989 ~$219 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Ichitaro JustSystems 16 (?) / Ichitaro 2006 1983 $170 approx. (20,000 yen) Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
InCopy Adobe Systems Incorporated 5.0 (2007) 1999 $249 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Jarte (Free edition) File:Jarte Screenshot.png Carolina Road Software, LLC 3.4 July, 2001 $0.00 Freeware
Jarte Plus File:Jarte Screenshot.png Carolina Road Software, LLC 3.4 July, 2001 $19.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
KWord File:KWord-2.0-screenshot.png KDE 2.1 (November 2009) 1998 $0.00 Open source (LGPL)
Lotus Symphony Lotus Software 1.1 2008 $0.00 Freeware (Registerware)
Lotus Word Pro Lotus Software 9.8.5 (2007) 1989 (Originally Samna Ami Pro) ? (Part of Lotus SmartSuite) Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
LyX File:LyX15.png The LyX Project 1.6.2 1999-02-01 $0.00 Open source (GPL)
Mariner Write Mariner software 3.7.2 1996 $49.95 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Mellel RedleX 2.6.1 2002 $49.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Microsoft Word Microsoft Corporation 12.0 / Office 2007 (Windows) or 2008 (Mac OS) May 2, 1983 ~$229 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation 9.0 October, 1987 (MS Works for DOS) $39.95 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
NeoOffice Writer Planamesa Software 2.2.4 2005-06-02 $0.00 Open source (GPL)
Nisus Writer Nisus Software 7.0 (Express) 1989 $69.95 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Nota Bene Nota Bene, formerly Dragonfly Software 8.0 1982 $399.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
OpenOffice.org Writer File:OpenOffice.org Writer.png Sun Microsystems 3.1.1 (August 2009) October 2000 $0.00 Open source (LGPL)
Pages Apple Inc. 4.0.2 / May 28, 2009 February 2005 $79 (Part of the iWork '09 suite) Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
PolyEdit PolySoft Solutions 5.2 1998 $27.95 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
StarOffice Sun Microsystems 9 1994 $34.95 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary - LGPL Version is released as Open Office
StarOffice Writer
from Google Pack
Sun Microsystems 8 1994 $0.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary - LGPL Version is released as Open Office
Ted Mark de Does 2.20 (June 2009) 1999 $0.00 Open source (GPL)
TextEdit Apple Inc. 1.4 (220) Around 1993? as part of NeXT's OPENSTEP OS which later became part of Mac OS X $0.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
TextMaker SoftMaker Software GmbH 2008 Earliest copyright date in the About Window is from 1987 $79.95 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
WordFile4ME Byron Software 4.55.21 Earliest copyright date in the Readme File is 1999 $15.00 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
WordPad Microsoft Corporation 6.0.6001.18000 1995 $200.00 approx. (Part of Microsoft Windows) Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
WordPerfect Corel Corporation X4/April 2008 1980 $299.99 Non-free Commercial, Proprietary
Word Processor Screenshot Creator Latest Stable Version First Release Cost (USD) License

Characteristics

This table gives characteristics of each word processor.

Word Processor Grammar checker Graphic editing Mail merging Spell checker Smartfont typography [1]
AbiWord Yes Yes Yes Yes No
AppleWorks Yes
Applix Word
Atlantis Word Processor Yes
Bean No No No Yes
CopyDesk No No Yes
EZ Word
FrameMaker No Yes Yes No
Gobe Productive
GNU TeXmacs No Yes (only own graphics) No Yes No
Groff
Han/Gul Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Ichitaro Yes (for Japanese) Yes (for Japanese) No
InCopy No No Yes
Jarte No No No Yes No
KWord Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Lotus Symphony No Yes Yes Yes No
Lotus Word Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes No
LyX Yes[2] Yes Yes
Mariner Write No No Yes Yes No
Mathematica No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mellel Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Microsoft Word Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Works Yes Yes Yes Yes No
NeoOffice Writer
Nisus Writer
Nota Bene
OpenOffice.org Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PolyEdit Yes
StarOffice Writer No Yes Yes Yes No
Ted No No No Yes
TextEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TextMaker Yes Yes Yes
WordFile4ME
WordPerfect Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Word Processor Grammar checker Graphic editing Mail merging Spell checker Smartfont typography [1]

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 Linux BSD BeOS/Zeta AmigaOS/MorphOS UNIX other
AbiWord Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (AOS: through X11 engine) Yes SkyOS
AppleWorks Yes Yes No No No No No No
Applix Word Yes No Yes No No No No No
Atlantis Word Processor Yes No No No No No No No
Bean No Yes No No No No No No
CopyDesk Yes Yes No No No No No No
EZ Word No No Yes No No No Yes No
FrameMaker Yes No No No No No Yes No
Gobe Productive Yes No No No No No No No
GNU TeXmacs Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Groff Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Han/Gul Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Ichitaro Yes No No No No No No No
InCopy Yes Yes No No No No No No
Jarte Yes No No No No No No No
KWord Yes (Alpha) No Yes Yes No No Yes No
Lotus Symphony Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Lotus Word Pro Yes No No No No No No No
LyX Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Mariner Write No Yes No No No No No No
Mathematica Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Mellel No Yes No No No No No No
Microsoft Word Yes Yes using wine No No No No No
Microsoft Works Yes No No No No No No No
NeoOffice Writer No Yes No No No No No No
Nisus Writer No Yes No No No No No No
Nota Bene Yes No No No No No No No
OpenOffice.org Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes OpenVMS
Pages No Yes No No No No No No
PolyEdit Yes No No No No No No No
StarOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Ted No No Yes Yes No No Yes No
TextEdit No Yes No No No No No No
TextMaker Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
WordFile4ME Yes No No No No No No No
WordPerfect Yes No No (since 2000) No No No (last : AOS up to WP4.1 in 1987) No (since 1994) OpenVMS1
Word Processor Windows Mac OS X 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 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atlantis Word Processor No No Yes[3] Yes Yes No Yes
Bean Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
CopyDesk Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
FrameMaker No No No Yes Yes No
GNU TeXmacs Yes Yes No No No No
InCopy No No No Yes Yes No
Jarte No No No Yes Yes No Yes[4]
KWord Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
IBM Lotus Symphony Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Lotus Word Pro Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
LyX Yes Yes Yes Yes with external program No No No
Mariner Write No No No Yes No No
Mathematica Yes Yes No Yes No No
Microsoft Word Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Microsoft Works Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
NeoOffice Writer Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OpenOffice.org Writer Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pages No No No Yes Yes No Yes No
PolyEdit No No No Yes Yes Yes
RedOffice Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
StarOffice Writer Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ted No No No Yes No No
TextEdit Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
TextMaker Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
WordPerfect Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 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.

Word Processor HTML LaTeX ODF .odt PDF RTF Word .doc WordPerfect OOXML .docx UOF
AbiWord Yes Yes Yes Partial (Linux ver.)[5] Yes Yes Yes disabled [2] No No
Atlantis Word Processor Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Bean Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
CopyDesk Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
FrameMaker Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
GNU TeXmacs Yes Yes No Yes No No No
InCopy No No No Yes Yes No No
Jarte Yes No No Yes[6] Yes Yes No No No
KWord Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
IBM Lotus Symphony Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Lotus Word Pro Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
LyX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Mariner Write No No No Yes Yes No No
Mathematica Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No
Microsoft Word Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Works Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
NeoOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
OpenOffice.org Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Pages No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
PolyEdit Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
RedOffice Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
StarOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Ted Yes No No No Yes No No
TextEdit Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
TextMaker Yes No Yes Yes (ver 2008) Yes Yes No No No
WordPerfect Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Word Processor HTML LaTeX ODF .odt PDF RTF Word .doc WordPerfect OOXML .docx UOF

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Advanced typography refers to either support for Apple Advanced Typography or advanced OpenType typography features and all OpenType layout tables
  2. LyX wiki | Tools / LyX Grammar Checker
  3. Atlantis Word Processor supported file formats [1]
  4. Requires Microsoft's free Office Compatibility Pack
  5. http://www.abisource.com/twiki/bin/view/Abiword/FaqCreatingPDFs
  6. Requires presence of a PDF virtual printer.

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