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Word processors and suites

[green] AbiWord
Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 2.4.6

AbiWord is a resource efficient word processor with functionality similar to that of Microsoft Word. AbiWord supports many document formats including:, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Rich Text Formats, and HTML. (comments)

Open source : UNIX, Windows, Mac OS X
Checked: version 4.0.1 is a complete office suite consisting of: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, and draw software. All applications are fully featured. can import and export a variety of formats (including Word and Powerpoint) and uses an XML based native format, designed for interoperability. (comments)

PostScript and Portable Document Format (PDF)

[yellow] Adobe Reader
Freeware : UNIX, OS/2, Windows, Mac OS X, Palm, Pocket PC
Checked: version XI

Adobe Reader is a PDF viewer which features web browser integration, allowing PDF documents to be viewed without leaving the web browser. NOTE: Beware the option to install McAfee or other third party software during the installation process; read all options and un-check extra software before starting installation. (comments)

[green] Free Brava Reader
Freeware : Windows
Checked: version

Brava Reader is a viewer that supports TIFF, PDF and XPS. (comments)

[green] Ghostscript
Open source : UNIX, Windows, OS/2
Checked: version 8.54

Both AFPL Ghostscript and GPL Ghostscript are available (under different licenses), including the Ghostview and GSview software. This set of software can display, interpret, and convert PostScript (PS) to other formats for printing or storage including conversion to Portable Document Format (PDF). This is one of the most advanced PS/PDF software packages. (comments)