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AbleWord – FreeFile Review

I only recently discovered a fantastic word processor called AbleWord, and have found it a pleasant surprise. Think of AbleWord as WordPad on steroids. It is a simple word prosessor with some powerful features. It is Windows only.

The Good – The install is quick with no extra software. AbleWord has a attractive Windows XP style interface. The menus and toolbars (only 2) are sparsely populated with only the basics. AbleWord’s real power lies in the formats that it works with. It will open, edit, and save in .doc .docx .pdf .html. Compatability with MS Office formats is good. It has Spell Check, Text Find, and Word Count. Tables and images can be inserted into documents. Everything seems to work well.

The Bad – I have trouble finding anything wrong with AbleWord. One thing that I found confusing was the “Open PDF Text” command. Initially, I tried to open existing PDF files with that command, and had mixed results. Later, I found that opening PDFs with the “Open” command gave excellent results. One suggestion I have is that simple drawing tools would be a welcome addition.

— — — — The Bottom Line — — — —

AbleWord is an excellent application that deserves much wider recognition. It is perfect for most pc users who have basic word processing needs. The PDF functionality make it a must have program.

Download AbleWord HERE

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FreeFile Review – Microsoft Office For Free?

FFR-WP-logoOneDriveYes, you can get Microsoft Office free, but with two caveats: 1.the applications are online, so an internet connection is needed and performance can be a little sluggish, 2. the apps are stripped down versions. The free Office suite is part of OneDrive, Microsoft’s online storage, formerly called SkyDrive. Sign up for a free account on OneDrive to get 7GB of free online storage as well as access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. OneDrive is available for Windows, Mac, and most smart phones.

Word is the best of the online apps, having all the features most users will need. Once on your OneDrive webpage, simply click the “Create” button, at the top, to create a new document. Old documents can be uploaded to OneDrive and edited. Documents can be downloaded by choosing File> Save As> and then opting for .docx or .pdf.

Excel seems more limited than Word. Power users will be frustrated due to missing features, but occasional users should find it sufficient. Spredsheets can be downloaded only as .xlsx files.

PowerPoint, much like Excel, will satisfy less advanced users, while disappointing power users. Presentations can be downloaded only as .xlsx files.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –

For occasional, less demanding users, OneDrive is fantastic – 7GB of online storage and Microsoft Office – all for free.

Sign up for OneDrive HERE

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FreeFile Review – Google Docs

Google docs is designed as a free MS Office alternative for small businesses. Is there anything for the home user? Let’s take a look.

The only requirements are a free Google account (if you have gmail, you already have one), a modern browser (Internet Explorer 6 need not apply) and an internet connection.

The three main applications are – word processor, spreadsheet and presentations. All three are stripped down with only basic functions. The apps reside on the web, run in your browser and all documents are automatically saved online. Google gives 1GB of free online storage – more than enough for most home users. The interface has Google’s typical bland design. There is also a drawing application that may interest some people.

All of the apps perform competently, but are rather disappointing because of their lack of advanced features. Google claims that they are compatible with MS Office formats, however, to edit Office docs they must be uploaded and converted. These extra steps are hoops that home users don’t want to jump through. Also, formatting often gets broken during the conversion process. I had a 2 column Word doc get turned into a long 1 column Google doc.

The bottom line is that most home users will find little to like about Google docs, although the 1GB of online storage could be very useful. The collaboration features that business users like are of little value to home users and I don’t think that most people are quite ready for cloud computing. A full featured suite is still preferred.
The best free one is still Open Office.

Find out more about Google docs HERE.

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