EasiWriter and TechWriter
Improved foreign file format support
Easi/TechWriter 9.00 imports ODT files with text formatting properties and styles. This is still incomplete since not all formatting properties are supported and there is no support for graphics, but a big step ahead compared to version 8.90, which imported ODT files as plain text only.
.docx and ODT support
One of the main strengths of the EasiWriter family is its wide-ranging support for native RISC OS and industry standard files: Most notably, it is the only RISC OS program that can read Microsoft Word .doc files with advanced features (styles, tables, pictures, footnotes, headers and footers etc.), and this capability is one of the main reasons for its popularity. Time has moved on and usage of the old Microsoft Word .doc format has been declining. Starting from Word 2007 it has been replaced by a new open format called Office Open XML, saved with the extension .docx. At the same time, the ODT format, another open word processor file format pioneered by the open source OpenOffice.org package has gained importance as well. Up to now, neither .docx nor .odt files could be imported by any RISC OS word processor.
Easi/TechWriter 8.9 is finally able to import MS Word .docx files. Please bear in mind that the overall .docx specification is huge, so the current implementation is only partial and still far from being as comprehensive as the existing .doc import capabilities. Nevertheless, it allows typical .docx documents to be rendered in a useful way, including paragraph and character styles and very basic table and image support.
Work on supporting the OpenOffice.org ODT file format has started as well, though this is not as advanced as .docx support. Easi/TechWriter 8.90 at least imports ODT files as plain text.
Open recent menu
Just as ArtWorks the latest version of Easi/TechWriter now has an Open recent menu that gives quick access to the most recently loaded files.
Starting from version 8.91, EasiWriter and TechWriter are fully ARMv7 compatible, so they run on the Cortex-A8 processor used in the BeagleBoard.Subscribe now.
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|Last modified: 02-Jun-12|