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Sorting in AbiWord

I like AbiWord quite a bit, but found that the lack of a "sort" feaure was irrating. I had to copy the text to another word processor, sort it, and copy it back. The feature request was first made in the late 1990s, but there only seems to be a slight few people who want it, so it doesn't become a big priority for them.

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Ask at the AbiWord forums

Portable AbiWord only has the features of AbiWord... no more, no less... so you'd probably be better off inquiring on their forums.

I'd also wager that not many people sort in a word processor, hence the lack of interest in implementing the feature.

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Nobody sorts?

I don't sort too often, but I'd like to create a glossary, for example, and add entries at the end, and sort them. OpenOffice does it fine, so I'll stick to it for now. I do like AbiWord's overall feeling of being "light", though, compared to the "heavy" feeling of OpenOffice.

Edit: thanks, by the way for the suggestion about their forums. I have suggested it already, but its been five or six years since the first suggestion came (not mine), and it hasn't happened yet.

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Not many, I guess

I worked tech support supporting Microsoft products at a major insurance company for a few years (mainly office) back in the early 90s and I've used office apps for all sorts of things. This is actually the first time I've heard of sorting in a word processor mentioned.

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Word processor sorting

Really? I used the "sort" feature of Word for a while, until it became too clunky and unstable, then I went off to find a free replacement. I use the sort feature to do a glossary (the only way I know how is via word processor), as I have mentioned, as well as for tables. I'd like to see an application that replaces Access, which I like, but can't afford. I like to put in inventory tables, or lists that I'd like to add to and keep sorted.

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Use OpenOffice.org

The Base app within OO.o is pretty solid. It's just not quite portable as the design features require Java. I'm coding a way to make it work right now, actually.

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How portable?

I was wondering how portable you can make OpenOffice? It's quite big with the number of features that it has, and, other than eliminating some of them, I don't see how it can be made very portable. However, I would be interested in a custom install that allows us to pick and choose (within limits) which features get installed. The ones we don't use, we skip, and that should add a bit to its portability.

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if the pax is totally less

if the pax is totally less than 100M, would be pretty cool:)

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It already is...

OpenOffice.org already is portable as Portable OpenOffice.org hosted on this site. The only major issue was Windows 2000 which is solved by a new launcher going live later this week.

The only other issue is Java, which really only affects the wizards, XHTML export and designing in the Base app. And a fix is in alpha testing for that issue as well. Expect a release within a couple weeks or so with that.

As for a custom installer, it won't help much. OO.o is really just one big program. Only installing one app vs all 5 doesn't actually save much space.

Portable OpenOffice.org is here:
https://portableapps.com/apps/office/suites/portable_openoffice

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John

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