Portable AbiWord is now AbiWord Portable, and version 2.4.5 has been released as a multilingual package. For the unfamiliar, AbiWord Portable is the lightweight AbiWord word processor packaged with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your word processor and documents with you. This new release adds in several new features, including: the ability to run from a CD, in-place upgrades, full support for AbiWord plugins, Open Document support and more. Read on for all the details...
Portable AbiWord becomes AbiWord Portable
The first thing you'll notice is that the name has been changed from Portable AbiWord to AbiWord Portable. Why the name change? The new names are designed to put the base application names first. All of the apps here at PortableApps.com are being renamed in this fashion over the next week. This makes it easier to sort and use your apps, too.
So, what's new? Quite a few things:
Live/CD Support - AbiWord Portable supports running from a CD or other read-only media right out of the box, making it even easier to carry with you and use on other systems. Full details are in the support topic on Running from a CD.
In-Place Upgrades - AbiWord Portable now supports the ability to do what we're calling an "in-place upgrade". This means that you can extract it right over an existing installation of AbiWord Portable without losing any of your settings and it'll Just Work. This will apply to future releases of AbiWord Portable as you'll still need to manually update due to the directory changes.
Plugin Support - AbiWord Portable now supports the standard AbiWord import/export and tools plugins right out of the box. Full details are in the support topic on Adding Plugins to AbiWord Portable.
Remove OpenDocument / Save Space
Even though AbiWord Portable is no longer available without the OpenDocument plugin as a separate download, you can easily remove the plugin if you don't need it or space is at a premium and you'd like to save 2.2MB. Just get the OpenDocument Plugin Remover.
Grab a Copy
The new release of AbiWord Portable is available for immediate download from the AbiWord Portable homepage.