Quick Tip:
An EXTREMELY Affordable Word Processor

As you start submitting work to clients, you’ll discover that most of them – 95% to 99% – want files in Microsoft Word format.

This isn’t bad if you already own Word. But if you don’t, be prepared to pay $200 or more.

That said … how would you like to get a word processor that can read Word documents, save files as Word documents, and is FREE?

I’m talking about AbiWord. This is not shareware, where you download it free but have to pay for it later. It is free as long as you use it. (They do accept contributions, though.)

AbiWord does almost everything Word does, and it comes in three "flavors": Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It does spell-checking, tables, formatted text, mail merge, bullets, and numbered lists. You can even add pictures to your documents.

If you do not currently have Word, AbiWord could be the solution you’re looking for. This is particularly true if you use WordPad. WordPad files are often impossible to translate.

The website for AbiWord is http://www.abisource.com.

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