Comparison of word processors

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This is a comparison of word processing software.

General information[edit]

This table provides general information about selected word processors.

Word processor Screenshot Creator Latest stable version First release License
AbiWord AbiWord SourceGear Corporation 3.0.2 (Linux) / 2.8.6 (Windows) (20 October 2016; 2 years ago (2016-10-20)) [±][1] 1999 (May 19) (1999 (May 19)) Free software (GPL)
AppleWorks Apple Inc. 6.2.9 January 4, 2004; 14 years ago (2004-01-04) 1991 (1991) Commercial, proprietary
Applix Word Vistasource Inc. 6.0 1992 (1992) Commercial, proprietary
Atlantis Word Processor The Atlantis Word Processor Team 3.2.10 2000 (2000) Freeware or commercial, proprietary
Bean James Hoover 3.2.9 (November 14, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-11-14)) [±] 2007 (May 1) (2007 (May 1)) Freeware since 3.0
Calligra Words (formerly KWord) Calligra Words 2.4 screenshot.png KDE 3.1.0 (1 February 2018; 9 months ago (2018-02-01)[2]) [±] 1998 (1998) Free software (LGPL)
CopyDesk Quark, Inc. 7 (2007) 1991 Commercial, proprietary
EZ Word Andrew Project 7.5 (1996) 1985 Free software (BSD license)
FrameMaker Adobe Systems Incorporated 12.0 (January 14, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-01-14)) 1986 Commercial, proprietary
Gobe Productive Gobe Software 3 Aug 1998 Commercial, proprietary
Han/Gul (HWP) Haansoft Hancom Office Han/Gul NEO (January 26, 2016) 1989 Commercial, proprietary
Ichitaro JustSystems 20 / Ichitaro 2010 1983 Commercial, proprietary
InCopy Adobe Systems Incorporated CC

June 17, 2013

1999 Commercial, proprietary
Jarte (Free and Pro) Jarte Carolina Road Software, LLC 6.2 (April 22, 2018; 7 months ago (2018-04-22)) [±] 2001 (July) (2001 (July)) Freeware or commercial, proprietary
Kingsoft Writer (Free and Pro) Kingsoft 2012 8.1.0.3016 (November 9, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-11-09)) 1989 (1989) Freeware or commercial, proprietary
LibreOffice Writer LibreOffice Writer 4 4 2 The Document Foundation
  • "Fresh" version:
    6.1.3 (5 November 2018; 22 days ago (2018-11-05)[3])
  • "Still" version:
    6.0.7 (5 November 2018; 22 days ago (2018-11-05)[4]) [±]
2011 (January 25) (2011 (January 25)) Free software (LGPL)
Lotus Symphony Lotus Software 3.0 2008 Freeware (registerware)
Lotus Word Pro Lotus Software 9.8.5 (2007) 1989 (Originally Samna Ami Pro) Commercial, proprietary
LyX LyX The LyX Project 2.2.3 (May 15, 2017; 18 months ago (2017-05-15)) 1995 Free software (GPL)
Mariner Write Mariner software 3.7.2 1996 Commercial, proprietary
Mellel Mellel RedleX 4.1.0 (Build 19) as of March 19, 2018 2002 Commercial, proprietary
Microsoft Word Microsoft Corporation 2016; 2 years ago (2016) 1983 (May 2) (1983 (May 2)) Commercial, proprietary
Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation 9.0 1987 (October) (MS Works for DOS) Commercial, proprietary
NeoOffice Writer NeoOffice Writer Planamesa Software 2017.14[5] (November 20, 2018; 7 days ago (2018-11-20)) [±] 2003 (June 22) (2003 (June 22)) Free software (GPL)
Nisus Writer Nisus Software 7.0 (Express) 1989 Commercial, proprietary
ONLYOFFICE Dektop Editors Ascensio System SIA 5.1.27 (May 22, 2018) 2016
OpenOffice Writer Aoo writer 3.4.png Apache Software Foundation (2011 – present) 4.1.4 (October 11, 2017; 13 months ago (2017-10-11)) [±] 2002 (April 30) (2002 (April 30)) Free software (Apache License)
Pages Apple Inc. 6.3.1 (November 11, 2017; 12 months ago (2017-11-11)) [±] 2005 (January 11) (2005 (January 11)) Commercial, proprietary
PolyEdit PolySoft Solutions 5.2 1998 Commercial, proprietary
StarOffice Sun Microsystems 9 1994 Commercial, proprietary - LGPL version is released as Open Office
StarOffice Writer
from Google Pack
Sun Microsystems 8 1994 Commercial, proprietary - LGPL version is released as Open Office
TeXmacs TeXmacs Joris van der Hoeven 1.99.5 (July 2016) 1996 (1996)? Free software (GPL)
Ted Ted Mark de Does 2.23 (February 2013) 1999 Free software (GPL)
TextEdit Apple TextEdit Apple Inc. 1.14 (August 18, 2018; 3 months ago (2018-08-18)) [±] 1993? (approximate date) as part of NeXT's OPENSTEP OS which later became part of Mac OS X Free software (BSD license)
TextMaker SoftMaker 2016 1987[6][7] Freeware or commercial, proprietary
Freeware - SoftMaker FreeOffice (freeoffice.com),
Commercial - SoftMaker Office 2010 and later versions
WordPad Microsoft Corporation 1803 (10.0.17134.112) (June 12, 2018; 5 months ago (2018-06-12)[8]) [±] 1995 Commercial, proprietary
WordPerfect Corel Corporation X9 (May 23, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-23)) [±] 1980 (1980) Commercial, proprietary
Word processor Screenshot Creator Latest stable version First release License

Characteristics[edit]

This table gives characteristics of each word processor.

Word processor Grammar checker Cross referencing Bibliography Graphic editing Mail merging Spell checker Smartfont typography[9] Math support Conditional text LTR/RTL Reveal Codes
AbiWord Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No
AppleWorks ? ? Yes Yes ? No
Atlantis Word Processor No Yes ? Yes No Yes ? No ? No No
Bean No ? ? No No Yes ? No
CopyDesk No ? ? No Yes ? No
FrameMaker No Yes[10] ? Yes No Yes No Yes[11] Yes[12] ? No
GNU TeXmacs No Yes Yes Yes (only own graphics) No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No
Han/Gul Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? No
Ichitaro Yes (for Japanese) ? ? Yes (for Japanese) No ? No
InCopy No ? ? No Yes Yes[13] ? No
Jarte No ? ? No No Yes No ? No
KWord Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes No ? No
LibreOffice Writer Yes (4 languages on default installation and over 30 languages via extensions) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[14] Yes[15] Yes No
IBM Lotus Symphony No ? ? Yes Yes Yes No ? No
Lotus Word Pro Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes No ? No
LyX Yes[16] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Mariner Write No ? ? No Yes Yes No ? ? No
Mathematica No ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No
Mellel Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Word Yes (Support for additional languages available via language packs) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[17] Yes[18] No Yes No
Microsoft Works Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No ? ? No
NeoOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No
OpenOffice Writer Yes (Via extensions) Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes[19] Yes[20] Yes[21] Yes No
Pages Yes No Yes[22] Yes No Yes Yes Yes[23] ? No
StarOffice Writer No ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes[19] ? No
Ted No ? ? No No Yes ? No
TextEdit Yes ? ? Yes No Yes Yes ? No
TextMaker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WordPad No No
WordPerfect Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No ? Yes
Word processor Grammar checker Cross referencing Bibliography Graphic editing Mail merging Spell checker Smartfont typography[9] Math support Conditional text LTR/RTL Reveal Codes

Operating system compatibility[edit]

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 Version 7.1 and earlier No No No No Version 8 and earlier No
Gobe Productive Yes No No No No No No No
GNU TeXmacs Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Groff Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Han/Gul Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Ichitaro Yes No Yes 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
LibreOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
IBM 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 Yes No Yes OS/2
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 No 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
ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
OpenOffice 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 Atari ST
TextEdit No Yes No No No No No No
TextMaker Yes Yes Yes No No No No Android
WordPad 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[edit]

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 No
Atlantis Word Processor No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Bean Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
CopyDesk Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
FrameMaker No No No Yes Yes No
GNU TeXmacs yes, with MathML support yes, with BibTeX support No No No No No No No
Ichitaro Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
InCopy No No No Yes Yes No
Jarte No No No Yes Yes No Yes[24]
KWord Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[25] Yes No
LibreOffice Writer Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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 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 Yes
ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
OpenOffice 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
StarOffice Writer Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ted No No No Yes No No No No No
TextEdit Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
TextMaker Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WordPad No Yes Yes No No Yes No 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[edit]

This table gives a comparison of the file formats each word processor can export or save. It should be noted that in some cases, omitting an Export format (Microsoft Word's omission of WordPerfect export is the best known example) was a sales rather than a technical measure.

Word processor HTML LaTeX ODF .odt PDF RTF Word .doc WordPerfect OOXML .docx UOF
AbiWord Yes Yes Yes Partial (Linux ver.)[26] Yes Yes disabled[27] Yes[28] No
Atlantis Word Processor Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes No
Bean Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
CopyDesk Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
FrameMaker Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
GNU TeXmacs yes, with MathML equations yes, with BibTeX bibliography No Yes No No No No No
Ichitaro Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No
InCopy No No No Yes Yes No No
Jarte Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
KWord Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
LibreOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
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 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 No Yes No
Microsoft Works Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
NeoOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No
OpenOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Pages No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
PolyEdit Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
StarOffice Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Ted Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
TextEdit Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
TextMaker Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WordPad No No Yes No Yes No No Yes 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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AbiWord 3.0.2". AbiSource. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  2. ^ "Calligra 3.1.0 released". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0.7 and LibreOffice 6.1.3: all users are invited to update for improved robustness and security". The Document Foundation. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  4. ^ "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0.7 and LibreOffice 6.1.3: all users are invited to update for improved robustness and security". The Document Foundation. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  5. ^ pluby (20 November 2018). "NeoOffice 2017.14 Professional Edition released". trinity.neooffice.org. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  6. ^ Andy Updegrove (2006-07-05). "The Emerging ODF Environment, Part IV: Spotlight on SoftMaker Office 2006". Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  7. ^ "SoftMaker". 1997-06-03. Archived from the original on 1997-06-03. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  8. ^ "June 12, 2018—KB4284835 (OS Build 17134.112)". Microsoft Support. Microsoft.
  9. ^ a b Advanced typography refers to either support for Apple Advanced Typography or advanced OpenType typography features and all OpenType layout tables or Graphite font technology
  10. ^ "Adobe FrameMaker 9 * About cross-references". Help.adobe.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  11. ^ Adobe Systems, "Edit equations," <http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/9.0/Using/WSF12494BC-2ECA-4d4d-8BA8-2CC2CB9B9E1A.html>, [retrieved January 21, 2012]
  12. ^ Adobe Systems, "About conditional text," <http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/9.0/Using/WSF778A159-48A7-4f26-B04E-79509DDB38E8.html>, [retrieved January 21, 2012]
  13. ^ Adobe Systems, "Use conditional text," <http://help.adobe.com/en_US/InCopy/6.0/WS745C7188-1C17-4eae-8680-2F7C80DE6849.html>, [Retrieved January 21, 2012]
  14. ^ "Math Guide - Using the Formula Editor" (PDF). LibreOffice Documentation Team. March 22, 2015. pp. 39–46, 51–68. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  15. ^ LibreOffice, "Defining Conditions" <https://help.libreoffice.org/Writer/Defining_Conditions>, [Retrieved March 8, 2013]
  16. ^ LyX wiki | Tools / LyX Grammar Checker
  17. ^ Partial support for some OpenType features in MS Word 2010, ie. ligatures, old-style figures, but not true small caps.
  18. ^ LaTeX, MS Equation and MathType
  19. ^ a b Support for Graphite Font Technology from version 3.2
  20. ^ "Math Objects" (PDF). Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Developing conditional content". Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  22. ^ End notes/bibliography supported with EndNote X2 (third party)
  23. ^ With third party add-ons: LaTeX or MathType.
  24. ^ Requires Microsoft's free Office Compatibility Pack
  25. ^ [1] Archived July 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ "FaqCreatingPDFs - AbiWiki". Abisource.com. 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  27. ^ http://www.abisource.com/wiki/PluginMatrix
  28. ^ "AbiWord v2.6.5 ChangeLog". Abisource.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13.