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    ISSUE 21.05 • 2024-01-29 FREEWARE SPOTLIGHT By Deanna McElveen There are dozens of free text editors claiming to be WordPad replacements. That is, unt
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    • #2632311

      I downloaded and opened Ableword. When I went to open a file a pop up said that it is downloading something. Then when I changed directory it did another download?
      What is it downloading and why?

    • #2632336

      Attention everyone.

      If you are installing AbleWord on Windows 10 or 11, you must allow the install of Microsoft .NET when Windows prompts you during the install.

      Did Deanna forget to mention this in the article? Yes she did.

      Oopsies and sorry.


    • #2632413

      Yep, got it, that was a neat intro to the Thesaurus program! We knead more of that in our writing.

      Atom was another editor, which looks now like it has also “sunsetted,” but technically available in GitHub. Apparently used a good deal in the programming community. I think I got it from you guys at Older Geeks, and owe you for that one. Thank you.

    • #2632352

      Help! What am I doing wrong?  When I extract “TheSage” to the desktop I get a bunch of files in a folder.  Somewhere in those files is the .exe for “TheSage”.  Is this the way it’s supposed to be?

    • #2632438

      Many years ago I used AbiWord, but eventually stopped.  As a more simplistic alternative to WordPad, I went on to Jarte.  I don’t use it often, but it is basically built on the WordPad engine.  They have a Jarte Plus version that supposedly costs, but several years ago they offered it for free for a time and that’s what I have now.  Like some other alternatives, Jarte is a little dated, having last been updated in 2018.

    • #2632452

      Just a little note that I have Fully Alive, running Wordpad programs in two laptops with Win XP (which I use most often), one in Win 7 (use occasionally), one in my Win 98 SE computer, and one in my Win 95B computer – still alive and running although I prefer and use the Win XP versions the most.

      Being 20 something in the 70's was more fun than being 70 something in the 20's
    • #2632455

      When I tried to install TheSage from the download file that showed on the webpage, all I got was a list of files with an inoperable app execution.  I opened an online page for TheSage and discovered that there were two download versions: “exe installer” and “zip portable”.  For my desktop, the exe installer worked perfectly.  Thank you for providing this as well as AbleWord


    • #2632502

      Just curious why you didn’t mention Notepad++?   I know it opens .rtf files, but maybe it doesn’t have some of the capabilities of Wordpad?


    • #2632525

      I’ve been using Ableword for about 10 years on win7 PC and really like how minimal it is.   Loaded it on 4 win10 PC machines since 2019. Then, suddenly one day in 2022 I went to use it as usual on my personal Lenovo win10 and got a red error box. Tried for a week to make it work. About 6 months later my friends Lenovo win10 did the same with her Ableword. I gave her a Dell AIO win10 and Ableword was working on it for a couple months then, error box. I had an extra HP win10 machine and Ableword worked on it until last month, after I did a fresh win10 install the error box popped up on that machine.  Now I have nothing with win10 that will run Ableword. I am using Apache OpenOffice.

    • #2633020

      Maybe a better alternative might be Softmaker FreeOffice. You get a Planmaker (spreadsheet), Textmaker (Word) , Presentations ( publisher) and yes Textmaker has RTF read and write as well as docx, doc etc etc.  I have not been able to fault it

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