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FocusWriter v1.8.0 Updated

Andrew Lee on 20 Jun 2022
  • 138MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Jun 2022
  • Suggested by Pyromaniac

FocusWriter is a full-screen word processor that aims for a distraction-free, immersive way to write and edit. The minimalist interface puts options and tools on the edge of the screen and auto-saves progress. Upon relaunch, the program reloads your last file to make make it easy to jump back into your work.

Alternatively, FocusWriter Portable is stealth and automatically adjusts paths.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves multiple Qt-related registry keys.
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download "Windows (Portable)" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FocusWriter.exe.
What's new?
  • FIXED: Lines were randomly duplicated in ODT
  • FIXED: Did not read text from lists in ODT
  • FIXED: Formatting was lost when restoring untitled documents from cache
  • FIXED: Loading headings caused document to shift vertically
  • FIXED: Timers did not show countdown in tooltip
  • FIXED: Sometimes could not remove dictionaries
  • Only restore changed files from cache
  • Refactored code
  • Removed XPM icon
  • Switched to Qt 6
  • Updated Unicode symbols database
  • Updated Windows dictionaries
  • Translation updates: Armenian, Bosnian, Czech, Dutch, French, Georgian, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Bokmål (Norway), Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
Latest comments
JohnTHaller on 2013-06-30 17:03

AndTheWolf - It's fixed. Some editors keep pointing to static URLs instead of the download page for some reason. So, when it's updated, the download winds up wrong.

__philippe on 2018-03-31 15:31

Belatedly noticed FocusWriter's hefty 138MB footprint,
a tad rich for an alleged "minimalistic" word processor...;-)

webfork on 2018-04-11 22:29

philippe: true. I'll add a note that the minimalism refers to the interface.

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SoftMaker FreeOffice v2021 Rev 1042

freakazoid on 28 Dec 2021
  • 155MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Dec 2021
  • Suggested by Stone Tablet

FreeOffice is a fast and lightweight office suite with word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tools. The interface supports themes, a dark mode, and classic or ribbon-style toolbars. All components include a wide variety of formatting, functions, and animation.

The program will import and export to standard Microsoft formats with reasonable fidelity. A forum post about the previous 2006 version can be found here.

NOTE: The program will eventually require email registration, but a workaround is available.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download and install
  2. Copy the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Softmaker Office 2021\ to a destination of your choice
  3. Uninstall the program
  4. In the destination folder, create two empty text files:

    portable.txt
    updater.ini

  5. Launch TextMaker.exe, PlanMaker.exe, or Presentations.exe

Optionally, delete the inst/banners subfolder and the files SoftMakerUpdaterTool.exe and usbstick.exe
Similar/alternative apps: LibreOffice
What's new? See:https://www.freeoffice.com/en/download/servicepacks
Latest comments
webfork on 2021-12-31 09:24

> this site is for (portable) freeware and commercial software should not be promoted here.

I disagree. One of the reasons companies are willing to put energy towards freeware options is that their pro versions don't disappear in the process. Deleting mention just means more software loaded with grayed-out "pro" options.

freakazoid on 2021-12-31 16:34

@webfork - The software name is FreeOffice. I think it's obvious that there is a Pro version judging by the name of the program. When using FreeOffice, some upsell will be shown within the interface of the program, so if the user is interested in their enhanced features, they can do so at their own perusal.

Antolion on 2022-02-05 03:39

This is possibly a greatest (portable) prog-suite. I' using only the portable version. There is a serious problem/bug I1 experienced. After want to save my presentatuons in presentations-maker its failed, and the prog said: it's not possible because it's an illegal (pirate) version of a progam.. The non-portable waersion works flawlessly!(I think, the root of the the problem, that the portable-version put the samples/sablons etc. in different way. And, misfortunately, the portabilizing-process is not work for hunspell dictionaries, but its a minor problem. Thanks!

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Jarte v6.2

billon on 5 Apr 2018
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 Mar 2018
  • Suggested by spacefrog99

Jarte is a word processor that uses Window's built-in word processing engine while adding many features missing in WordPad. It supports text files, RTF, DOC and DOCX file formats. Features include tabbed document interface, spell check, clipboard manager, bookmark support, visual header/footer designer, multi-level undo/redo etc.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. Supports Unicode in documents, but cannot handle Unicode filenames.
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a plain text file in this folder and paste the following content:

    []
    Portable=1

  3. Rename this text file portable.ini
  4. Launch Jarte.exe
What's new? See:
http://www.jarte.com/whats_new.html
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-09-05 20:16

The missing Jarte Forum thread- http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2376 .

Checker on 2015-09-06 10:58

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

smaragdus on 2016-03-16 03:16

The instructions should be updated according to tikbalang's post.

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X-Celtx v2.9.1

Checker on 1 Feb 2015
  • 31MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2011
  • Suggested by JohnW

Celtx is a specialized tool for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet the exacting screenplay submission standards set by the theater and film industries. X-Celtx is a portable version of the program.

Alternatively, an earlier, natively portable version is also available (download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice, launch PortableCeltx.exe)

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch X-Celtx.exe
  3. Select the "it" drop-down menu, and choose "en" (to switch from Italian to English)
What's new?
  • Bug fixes and optimizations.
Latest comments
Local on 2007-09-14 12:38

I tried this a week or so ago and wasn't really impressed.
It might be great software but it's just not for me.

One thing I just this second noticed though was a 5MB profile folder in my application data folder under the name Greyfirst.

Maybe I used the wrong settings but it should also be pointed out I think

Tashi on 2008-01-04 19:04

I've used this software for quite a while. It is specifically for writing screenplays. So if you want to write a script for your short film or a screenplay contest, this software rocks. It is feature rich. Otherwise if you are looking for something browser related, or a word processor, best to look elsewhere.

Taf on 2011-08-30 12:38

A more recent and steath release is hosted on wPP site:
X-Celtx 2.9.1
http://www.winpenpack.com/en/download.php?view.759

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AbiWord Portable v2.8.6 Rev 3

webfork on 22 Jun 2016
  • 16MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Barrette

AbiWord is a fast, basic word processor with live collaboration capabilities and broad file support. Includes support for tables, images, equations, fonts, paragraph settings, print options, etc. Drawn from a cross-platform code base, the program can open and save to a wide variety of file types including Word (.doc and .docx files), OpenOffice, and many more. Includes writing collaboration with other AbiWord users over the internet using the free AbiCollab.net site or a direct IP connection.

AbiWord Portable is a version from PortableApps.com. X-AbiWord is also available.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AbiWordPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: LibreOffice (Writer)
What's new? Core:
  • Enable selections within table cells that span a whole page or more
  • Make sure g_thread_init is called before any other glib function, and remove a redundant gtk_init call
GUI:

Cross-platform:
  • Bug 9329: AbiWord uses the old auto save interval instead of the new one
  • Bug 11822: Auto save no longer works
  • Bug 11972: Table of Contents numbering style is not properly reset
  • Fix a memory leak in the Save As dialog
GTK+:
  • Bug 11764: Prevent an assert when using SCIM
  • Bug 11959: AbiWord crashes when opening the Select Revisions dialog
  • Bug 11974: Use a C++ callback to prevent uninitialized value errors in the Save As dialog
  • Bug 11974: Prevent invalid reads in the renderer by working around a bug in Pango
  • Bug 11975: File names are escaped when changing export type in the Save As dialog
  • Add the ability to render pages as images in the AbiWidget
  • Fix some memory leaks in the Pango renderer
  • Fix some memory leaks in the toolbar code
  • Update the Python bindings and examples to support the new render_page_to_image method
Import/Export:

Office OpenXML:
  • Bug 11987: OpenXML exporter saves invalid XML characters
OpenDocument:
  • Bug 11358: Default table cell properties are not exported
  • Bug 11863: Table formatting is lost during export
  • Bug 11938: Text box formatting is lost during import
  • Bug 11939: Framed images inside of text boxes are not imported
  • Bug 11941: Table cell border colors are not properly exported
RTF:
  • Bug 9643: Memory leak when importing lists
XHTML:
  • Bug 11971: Import inline style information from <pre> elements
  • Bug 11971: Import line-height values from XHTML files
Plug-Ins:

Charts:
  • Don't unref used scalar data
Latest comments
webfork on 2011-01-10 21:57

darkest: Abiword's image support isn't great. I recommend SoftMaker Office (http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=1463).

juvera on 2011-11-12 14:21

Version 2.9.1 is available at sourceforge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/portableapps/files/AbiWord%20Portable/Additional%20Versions/AbiWordPortableTest_2.9.1.paf.exe/download?_test=crossmerch

Sorry for posting this here.
This website is not really easy to navigate.
I can't find page for submitting notifications of updates or new products. It could be useful to have a direct link for submissions in the home page.

JohnTHaller on 2011-11-13 17:17

juvera: 2.9.1 is a development test, not a stable release. That's why PortableApps.com has the 2.8.x version listed as primary and then 2.9.x as a test for users to try out. PortableFreeware.com doesn't list development tests.

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