Abiword is one of Gnome’s official parts, being a great text editing application with rich abilities in every sector. Although Abiword remains a great alternative to LibreOffice writer, its development inactivity drove it in relative desuetude. Characteristically, Abiword’s last stable release (2.8.6) was more than three years ago and even the latest development version (2.9.4) was released more than eight months ago!
Thankfully though, Hubert Figuière who seems to be one of the very few remaining developers who actually work on Abiword found some free time during the GNOME summit that was held in Montréal, and released the next stable version of Abiword that is the 3.0.0!
This new version looks almost the same as the previous 2.8.6 but the changelog is actually very large. The most important thing for the Gnome users is that version 3.0 now supports GTK+ 3! The weird thing though is that the planning suggests that Windows and Mac versions of Abiword 3 (not yet released) will most probably use Qt…
Other changes include RDF drag-and-drop, double-buffering of drawings to reduce screen flickering, and many code changes, cleanups and bug fixes.